"We write music that really falls on the line between rock and pop and, a lot of the time, I feel like the deciding factor at the end of the day is how much production happens in post, and with the last one, we feel like maybe it leaned a little too pop for our band."
-All Time Low frontman Alex Gaskarth, commenting on the sound of the band's hit 2009 album Nothing Personal. That's one of the main reasons their new album Dirty Work (which is finished and is scheduled to come out some time in the first half of 2011) has more of a "gritty" sound.
That's not to say that Gaskarth and the band don't love Nothing Personal, which yielded the band's biggest hit in "Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don't)." "No regrets, it definitely was an awesome, awesome album," Gaskarth explained to MTV News' James Montgomery. "It's just one of those things where, I think over the year and a half that it's been out we've sort of been able to approach it from all different angles. When it first comes out, obviously you're really excited about it, and that's all you really pay attention to, but when you have a little time to step away and listen again, you kind of see everything you did right, but everything you'd maybe like to change next time."
"We know how to record now, we know what we want. So we threw everything that we thought was, like, 'great production' against the wall," drummer Rian Dawson said. "And it sounded great, but at the end of the day, we were kind of like, 'This kind of sounds like ...'
"It sounds like unicorn poop," Gaskarth added.