“Satellite” serves to set the tone for the album, all while reminding listeners that All Time Low is back, and better than ever. The opening mix of guitar player Jack Barakat’s echoing riffs with frontman Alex Gaskarth’s poignant vocals invites listeners into the slightly-more-(musically)-mature All Time Low, before drummer Rian Dawson and bass player Zack Merrick join in to thrill listeners into a frenzy of unbridled excitement and anticipation for the 11 tracks that are to follow.
Yet somehow, despite the excellent musicianship on display in these opening minutes of the album, it is the lyrical content that manages to steal the show. Lines such as “Wishing on a star that’s just a satellite,” and “Growing up with eyes glued shut,” repeated over a seemingly-infinite refrain of “Na-Na-Na-Na” establish a tone of disillusionment and pseudo-cynicism that seems far removed from the chirpy optimism of previous works such as “Somewhere in Neverland.” Still, one must remember that “Satellite” is simply a guiding hand meant to lead listeners into the remainder of the musical gem that is Future Hearts. Furthermore, this fact is made even more evident by the building of a percussion-driven crescendo towards the end of the track that is never allowed to go to completion before “Kicking and Screaming” comes tearing in, well, kicking and screaming.
The song can be purchased here and lyrics can be found here.