In order to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the EP that helped them “Break out,” with the help of Hopeless Records, I revisited this iconic work of All Time Low art and explain why this EP is considered timeless. Put Up or Shut Up consists of seven fun and meaningful songs to show where one of the most popular bands in the pop rock scene began.
Some EP’s that I have listened to do not flow or have songs that seem like they all fit together. This does make sense since the point of an EP is to show of what the band can do without worrying about how cohesive the work is. However, this one surprised me because the songs do sound like they fit together, which in itself shows off the talent these boys has.
Although there are not any themes that stood out to me, “The Girl’s a Straight Up Hustler” and “The Party Scene” both have references to a girl staying forever 17. “I’ll be waiting miles and miles away, leaving you forever 17,” from “The Girl’s…” and “Stay 17, the party scene has got the best of me and you,” from “The Party Scene.”
“Coffee Shop Soundtrack” is of course the lead single and first track on this EP and this song shows how timeless, not only this record is, but All Time Low as a whole. Even though the sound of this song is different than songs from their newest release, Future Hearts, listeners can still hear how the sound they have in Put Up or Shut Up still resonates in their records, 10 years later. It is a wonderful thing to be able to go back to older releases from bands and appreciate it as much as the newer ones.
“The Girl’s a Straight Up Hustler:” this song is a special one to All Time Low fans because the band calls their fans, “Hustlers.” It’s a term that really brings the band to closer to them. Musically, the bridge is my favorite part of this song, it’s so unique and allows listeners to prominently hear Jack Barakat’s, lead guitar and backup vocalist and Zack Merrick’s, bass guitar and backup vocalist, vocals alongside Alex Gaskarth’s, lead vocalist.
“Jasey Rae” has fast paced verses with a slower, drawn out chorus. Instead of keeping the consistent pacing, All Time Low switched things up to have Gaskarth singing more extended notes on certain parts while Barakat and Merrick continue the up tempo notes. Lyrically, this song is full of some of the best on the EP. For example the line, “I’ve never told a lie and that makes me a liar,” is one that stands out to me.
“Lullabies” is the most diverse song because it has so many different elements to it; there are acoustic parts, a slower chorus, a faster tempo before the second chorus and even a slight scream by Gaskarth. This song is the main one that shows off all the band’s talents and abilities instead of sticking to the same formula for each track. Lyrically there are great lines from the opening, “Make it a sweet goodbye, it could be for the last time and it’s not alright” to part of the chorus, “Sing me to sleep, I’ll see you in my dreams.” The “Sing me to sleep” line flows well with the name of the song, I enjoy how they made that work together.
This EP is so special to the fans and band alike because it is a demonstration of how far the band has come while staying true to the sound they believe is All Time Low. This band is breaking out, kicking and screaming and all the tracks on Put Up or Shut Up still stand out and hold the test of time. If you are an All Time Low fan and have not listened to this EP, I would recommend it. There is nothing wrong with enjoying a band’s newer releases, but there is something special about returning to the old favorites.
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