When Fuse sat down with All Time Low to talk about their latest album Don't Panic, we learned why The Voice's third season champ ended up on their fifth album, and how lead singer Alex Gaskarth's sci-fi obsession (along with the Mayan apocalypse) influenced the release.
"The title is a nod to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which involves the world being blown up by aliens to make way for a lightspeed highway," sci-fi fanboy Gaskarth explains. "So leaning into this tour—which takes us to the end of the year, which is supposed to be when the world ends—it just all felt very cohesive. So we rolled with the theme of, 'Hey, maybe we're all going to die soon, so let's have one last hurrah.'" [As you can tell from their demeanor in the interview above, they don't seem too concerned about the End of Days actually happening].
The band also explain why Cassadee Pope—lead singer of Hey Monday and a contestant under Blake Shelton's tutelage on this season of The Voice—appears on two Don't Panic tracks.
"Cassadee is killing it right now," says Jack Barakat in the clip below, which was filmed prior to her season three victory. "I think she's the best contestant on The Voice right now, but I'm biased."
"We've known Cass and Hey Monday for years and we've done several tours with them," says Gaskarth. "Our drummer Rian [Dawson] and her are dating now and have been for a couple years. It's just one of those situations where we realized we never featured her on anything we've done and we were like, 'Why have we never put you on a song?' So for both songs she's featured on, she was just hanging out at the studio and we finally got her on the album."
To hear Gaskarth geek out some more on sci-fi—including his thoughts on why the Borg from Star Trek are more terrifying than Star Wars creatures—watch the interview at the top of the page. And to hear them explain why they turned into cartoons for their "For Baltimore" music video, watch the clip right here: