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Alex Gaskarth
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Gaskarth performing with All Time Low in 2012
Born
Alexander William Gaskarth

(1987-12-14) 14 December 1987 (age 36)
Alma mater Dulaney High School
Occupation
  • Guitarist
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s)
Lisa Ruocco
(m. 2016)
Musical career
Origin Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • keyboards
  • harmonica
Labels
Associated acts

Alexander William Gaskarth (born 14 December 1987) is an English-born American singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and primary songwriter for the American rock band All Time Low since its formation in 2003.

Career

Crew Fighters (2002–2003)

As a teenager, Gaskarth was part of a cover band named Crew Fighters. Soon after, he met Jack Barakat, who persuaded him to form and join All Time Low. All Time Low began doing covers of songs by Blink-182 and Green Day. Subsequently, the formation of the band was completed by Zack Merrick (bass, backing vocals) and Rian Dawson (drums, percussion), who also left Crew Fighters to join All Time Low.

All Time Low (2003–present)

All Time Low Future Hearts 2015
All Time Low performing in 2015

Gaskarth started playing music with bandmate Jack Barakat in eighth grade. In ninth grade, they acquired Zack Merrick and Rian Dawson, forming All Time Low in 2003. They signed to Emerald Moon Records in 2004 while still in high school and released their debut EP, "The Three Words to Remember in Dealing with the End". In 2005, they released their debut studio album The Party Scene.

In 2006 the band signed with Hopeless Records. In 2007, they released a single "Dear Maria, Count Me In" that was certified Platinum in 2015 and in 2021 it was certified 2x Multi-Platinum. They also released their second studio album, So Wrong, It's Right, in 2007. In 2009, All Time Low released their third studio album Nothing Personal which debuted number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart. In 2010 the band released two CD/DVD packages, MTV Unplugged and the documentary/live concert Straight to DVD.

In 2011, the band signed with Interscope Records and released their fourth studio album Dirty Work. In early 2012, the band re-signed with Hopeless Records and released their fifth studio album Don't Panic. On 7 April 2015, All Time Low released their sixth studio album Future Hearts which reached number 2 on Billboard Hot 200 Albums Chart with 75,000 copies sold in its first week, and number 1 in the U.K official Album Charts with 19,400 copies being sold. In 2016, Straight to DVD 2: Past Present and Future Hearts was released. This is a sequel to Straight to DVD, documenting the past four years of the band as well as another live concert. In 2017, the band released a new song entitled "Dirty Laundry" and also reveals that they had left Hopeless Records and has signed with Fueled by Ramen one year prior. On 2 June 2017 the band released its seventh studio album Last Young Renegade. In the summer of 2018, the band released two new singles, Everything Is Fine and Birthday.

Gaskarth has written songs with other bands such as 5 Seconds of Summer, McBusted, and Simple Plan. He hosted the podcast Full Frontal with bandmate Jack Barakat from 2013 to 2015. Full Frontal was rebranded as Crash Test Live per an announcement via Twitter in May of 2020 and transitioned to Twitch (service) as the show's live streaming platform while the show would remain available in audio-only format as well as in video format following each taping.

Gaskarth also hosted the 2015 and 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards along with bandmate Jack Barakat.

Simple Creatures (2019–present)

On 24 January 2019, Gaskarth announced he was forming a new group with Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 called Simple Creatures. A single named "Strange Love" was also released.

Instruments

During 2004–2008, Gaskarth used a variety of Gibson SG-X's. Around mid-2013, Gaskarth used a variety of custom-made Paul Reed Smith guitars, most notable the Mira. He stated in a Reddit AMA that he abandoned the instruments due to difficulties replacing parts while overseas. Gaskarth currently uses Fender guitars, most notable the Mustang 90 models, although he has been seen using Telecasters, as well as some of their acoustic models. Gaskarth has also been seen using Gibson electric guitars.

Personal life

Gaskarth graduated from Dulaney High School in 2006. Gaskarth has two older half-sisters, Jillian and Helen, and had a half-brother, Tom, who died when Gaskarth was 12. In memory of him, Gaskarth got a rose tattoo on his left hand, and wrote the song "Lullabies".

Gaskarth married his longtime girlfriend Lisa Ruocco on 9 April 2016.

Vocal style

Gaskarth has a tenor vocal style. His vocal range is from A2 to C#5.

Discography

As lead artist

All Time Low

List of albums, with selected details
Title Album details
The Three Words to Remember in Dealing With the End (EP)
  • Released: December 2004
  • Label: Emerald Moon
  • Formats: CD, digital download
The Party Scene
  • Released: July 19, 2005
  • Label: Emerald Moon
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Put Up or Shut Up (EP)
  • Released: July 25, 2006
  • Label: Hopeless
  • Formats: CD, digital download
So Wrong, It's Right
  • Released: September 25, 2007
  • Label: Hopeless
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Nothing Personal
  • Released: July 7, 2009
  • Label: Hopeless
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Dirty Work
  • Released: June 6, 2011
  • Label: Interscope
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Don't Panic
  • Released: October 8, 2012
  • Label: Hopeless
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Future Hearts
  • Released: April 3, 2015
  • Label: Hopeless
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Last Young Renegade
  • Released: June 2, 2017
  • Label: Fueled by Ramen
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Wake Up, Sunshine
  • Released: April 3, 2020
  • Label: Fueled by Ramen
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Simple Creatures

List of albums, with selected details
Title Album details
'Strange Love (EP)'
  • Released: March 29, 2019
  • Label: BMG
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Everything Opposite (EP)
  • Released: October 11, 2019
  • Label: BMG
  • Formats: CD, digital download

As featured artist

Song Title Year Album Title Label
"Disconnect"
(The Dangerous Summer (band) featuring Alex Gaskarth)

2007

If You Could Only Keep Me Alive (EP)

Hopeless

"Don’t Wait”
(Hit the Lights featuring Alex Gaskarth)

2008

Skip School, Start Fights

Triple Crown

"No One Can Touch Us”
(Sing It Loud featuring Alex Gaskarth)

2008

Come Around

Epitaph

"Bitter Sweet Symphony”
(Ace Enders and a Million Different People featuring The Rocket Summer, Kenny Vasoli, Craig Owens, Alex Gaskarth, Matthew Thiessen, Aaron Marsh, Mark Hoppus, and Duane Okun)

2008

Non-album single

Drive-Thru

“Freaking Me Out”
(Simple Plan featuring Alex Gaskarth)

2011

Get Your Heart On!

Lava, Atlantic

“Kiss Me Again”
(We Are the In Crowd featuring Alex Gaskarth)

2012

Best Intentions

Hopeless

“Telescope”
(Yellowcard featuring Alex Gaskarth)

2012

Southern Air

Hopeless

“When I Found You”
(Amber Pacific featuring Alex Gaskarth)

2014

The Turn

Digitally Sound

“Jaded”
(One OK Rock featuring Alex Gaskarth)

2017

Ambitions

A-Sketch, Amuse, Inc., Fueled by Ramen

“Time To Fall In Love”
(Lindsey Stirling featuring Alex Gaskarth)

2017

Warmer in the Winter

Lindseystomp, Concord

"Up in Flames"

(Kayzo featuring Alex Gaskarth)

2019 Unleashed Welcome

As songwriter

Song Title Year Album Title Label
"Freaking Me Out"
(Simple Plan)

2011

Get Your Heart On!

Lava, Atlantic

"No Idea"
(Big Time Rush)

2011

Elevate

Nick, Columbia

"Settle for Less"
(Before You Exit)

2013

I Like That (EP)

Sony

"Disconnected"
(5 Seconds of Summer)

2014

She Looks So Perfect (EP)

Capitol, Hi or Hey

"Kiss Me, Kiss Me", "End Up Here", "Long Way Home"
(5 Seconds of Summer)

2014

5 Seconds of Summer

Capitol, Hi or Hey

"Get Over It"
(McBusted)

2014

McBusted

Island

"Broken Pieces", "Over and Out"
(5 Seconds of Summer)

2015

She’s Kinda Hot (EP)

Capitol, Hi or Hey

"Catch Fire"
(5 Seconds of Summer)

2015

Sounds Good Feels Good

Capitol, Hi or Hey

"Slow Burn", "Hurry Up and Wait"
(State Champs)

2015

Around the World and Back

Pure Noise

"Something New", "Upside Down"
(Set It Off)

2016

Upside Down

Equal Vision

"Way With Words"
(The Wrecks)

2018

Panic Vertigo (EP)

The Century Family Inc.

"Criminal", "The Fix Up"
(State Champs)

2018

Living Proof

Pure Noise

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