Birthday

Album: Single release only (2018)

Songfacts®:

  • Released on June 29, 2018, this lighthearted '90s rock-inspired tune was a long time in the making. Singer Alex Gaskarth originally jotted the first two lines of the chorus, "You know I want you in the worst way, I need you like cake on my birthday," into his phone. Later, amid touring for Last Young Renegade, the vocalist came up with a grungy guitar hook which he realized worked perfectly with the lyric.

    "Suddenly we had this palette of this really quirky musical section," Gaskarth recalled to Billboard, "and the chorus kind of wrote itself. It was a little Queen-inspired, but then also '90s-inspired -- we were looking at bands like Cake and Beastie Boys and Beck, stuff like that. It felt like such a fun, anthemic song, that it kind of felt undeniable for All Time Low."
  • All Time Low teased the song's release in a novel way. Members of their Hustlers fan club, who had birthdays in the last week of June, received a cake from the band along with a link to the tune written on the box. Word quickly spread among the Hustlers of the soon-to-be-dropped track.

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