On Friday, I got two new tattoos, I’ve shown one, here’s the other.
WHAT IS IT? I hear you cry.
It’s the album artwork from All Time Low’s album Future Hearts, and let me tell you why.
I have been aware of All Time Low for years, they’re high flyers in the genre of music I grew up listening to. In 2012 I travelled this little country with four amazing friends, following a little band called The Maine, who happened to be supporting a bigger band called All Time Low. Oh boy, did I fall in love.
22 shows later and they are in my top 3 favourite bands.
I love every single album, and there’s usually two or three songs that stand out and have some great lines;
Take a breath and let the rest come easy
Every storm that comes, also comes to an end
Love yourself so no-one has to
Future Hearts came to me at a time when my life was on the precipice of changing dramatically. I was almost at the end of L&C, about to start Nero and uni, a relationship was coming to an end, friendships were being tested and I was all over the place. I was full of anxieties.
I’ve spoken openly about my struggles with depression and anxiety and something I always say helps is reading and walking, but I don’t really talk about music and how it helps me too. I don’t consider myself very educated or experienced in music, I listen to the same 6 or so bands over and over and over and occasionally find something random through one of those bands that I might listen to as well. But it still helps.
I remember the first time I heard this song from this album. I was in a funk. I was laying on my bed just flicking through youtube and drowning in my own self pity. Suggested video; ALL TIME LOW, MISSING YOU.
This song just spoke volumes to me. It screamed at me to get the hell out of bed and do something with my day. I didn’t, not straight away. I listened to it again. And again, and again, and again.
I’m not lying when I say that it saved me. It pulled me back up, it brought me back to life. I bought the album and it’s been in the CD player in my car since I passed my driving test two months ago. I sing it loudly and I still get hit by every lyric now as I did when I first heard it all those months ago.
I have been in a good mood for weeks and I know it’s because I changed my life and took a turn in the road and I’m happy. This song was the kick start and I’ll never forget what it did. I’ve wanted an All Time Low tattoo for a long time, and now I have it. And it’s perfect.
Don’t lose your fight, kid.