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All Time Low, O2 Academy

HOW do you overcome an all time low? You party.

And that’s just what a sell-out crowd did when the band with a name that writes its own headlines made its Sheffield debut.

Ear-splitting screams, hands in the air and a sea of camera phones greeted the US punk pop act. It was an energetic performance for an energetic, young, audience.

Catchy tracks like Forget About It - a hit from last album Dirty Work - caused dancing outbreaks and were tightly performed. Even bored taxi-driver dads waiting at the back tapped a foot.

Talented frontman Alex Gaskarth was entertaining but it was a shame his chat between songs seemed more provocative than the lyrics.

It was only tracks like Heroes, with a faster beat and harsher guitar, that came closer to sounding like punk predecessors around when All Time Low started out in Baltimore.

Skeleton-suit wearing support act Maine and We Are The In Crowd had whipped up the crowds. The former also crossed the pond for the first time and received a very warm welcome.

With hits spaced out, and some on stage frolics, All Time Low proved perfectly pitched ‘punk light’. Nothing unique - but still a high rather than a low.

Ellen Beardmore