1. COME DOWN WITH LOVE
Zach: "It's the best thing we've done yet, in my mind. It feels like a big leap in our songwriting and what Allstar Weekend is, and a more powerful song than we've ever written before. So we're really looking forward to how people react to it."
2. HEY PRINCESS
Zach: "'Hey Princess' wasn't a single but just had an instant fan reaction. At concerts, it's one of the songs fans sing the loudest. It's a good song for us because we have so many female fans, and it's a song for them."
3. DANCE FOREVER
Zach: "'Dance Forever' is cool because it's seen the whole lifespan of the band. Nathan and I wrote the chorus about three years ago, before Cameron was even in the band. It makes us see how far we've come, and it brings us back and makes us think about everything that's happened. We had spent so much time trying to write all these songs in our bedrooms, and up to that point, every time I'd listen back to a song later, I'd be like, `Oh, this sucks. I'm the worst. Why am I doing this?' And that was the first time where I thought, `This is something real.'"
Nathan: "That's definitely one of my favorites. When we wrote that a few years back, we wanted something kind of universal--a song that not just teenagers could get into, but adults, too. It's about having a good time, letting loose, and that moment when you're feeling so good, you're just being yourself."
4. CATCHING UP
Zach: "The lyrics say, `I don't want to be/Looking back at 23/Saying to myself, there's so much left to do.' That was a lyric that we were actually discussing: Should it be 23, or 33, or 43? But we kept it young, at 23. Because I've seen so many of my friends now--after high school, after we set what we wanted to do with our lives and we went to our colleges and whatnot--that are just kind of doing nothing. Either they started smoking weed, or they lost their sense of direction and were maybe too scared to break free of their comfort zone and actually go after something in their life that they actually really want and really desire. `Catching Up' is a call to action to people to step out of that comfort zone, take a risk, and go for what you really want. There's too much regret in life."
5. DIFFERENT SIDE OF ME
Cameron: "I always feel like a kid when I'm playing that song. You know when you were a kid, during your childhood, when you felt you can be whatever you want and nothing's going to get in your way? We wanted a song that incorporates all the things we dreamed of doing in our childhood."
Zach: "It's a simple, sincere song about us and what we wanted, that we wrote three years ago when we were sitting in our bedrooms with our guitar and our keyboards, wanting to be rock stars."
Cameron: "Zach sings `I'm barely 5-foot-8.' I think you're a little bit over 5-foot-8 now."
Zach: "Yeah, I'm 5-foot-8 and a half now. I've stepped up my game!"
Cameron: "But at the time, everything in that song was true for us. `The band drives a mean mini-van...' We were going to shows in this piece-of-crap mini-van. We wanted to become something that we pictured as being far out there, something that was almost impossible to reach, like a rock star, or a superhero. It's crazy now that we're living the dream. Now the song is about our old mission and how we've accomplished it--except for the superhero part. We're touring, and no longer in the minivan... and Zach's grown half an inch."
6. HERE WITH YOU
Zach: "That's one of the three songs that we wrote several years ago, along with `Dance Forever' and `Different Side of Me.' The meaning has changed over the years, because it's different girls in our lives, and it's gone through so many revisions. But it's always simply been about a guy with a crush. I originally wrote the song because I had a pinup poster on my wall, from Maxim magazine, and I had a huge crush on the girl on my wall and wanted her to be my girlfriend."
Cameron: "You know what's funny? The poster is now in his younger brother's room."
Zach: "Yeah, as soon as I moved out, my brother stole the poster."
Zach: "No, Amy isn't the girl in the poster from the last song. People always ask me, `Who is Amy?' And Amy's not a real person, but just kind of an idea. It's about that person you love and respect so much--because I think love and respect are one and the same--making you want to be a better and more honest person and work harder in life. So it's just a song about a girl making you grow up, in that sense."
8. CLOCK RUNS OUT
Zach: "It's our most angry song. Well, it's not really angry--it's more sarcastic. But it's this song about a person in our lives who we wanted to change and become who we thought he should be. And we gave him a million warnings: The clock's ticking, buddy! But he never rose to the occasion. And eventually you've got to stop waiting for people to change, and move on, because you waste a lot of time."
9. CAN'T SLEEP TONIGHT
Zach: "'Can't Sleep Tonight' is a lighthearted song. It's flirtatious. It's a song about the give and take of young relationships, and about waiting, and about all the frustrations that come with young love and being 17. It's just about kind of the things that keep you up at night when you're young and you think you're in love, at least."
10. JOURNEY TO THE END OF MY LIFE
Zach: "People that don't know us and just hear the title always assume it's a really dark song, because `Journey to the End of My Life' sounds depressing. But it's actually a really upbeat song. It's just about, what am I going to do with my life? Where am I going to be in 20 or 30 years? It's really an excited look ahead at life."
11. THE WEEKEND
Zach: "'That's our way of saying: It's the weekend now; we're signing off. Eleven songs, here you go--we're done with you! No, it's another song with a positive message. I think the general theme, besides the weekend, is that whether or not you like what you're doing in school or like your job, there are always going to be times where you can be yourself. And it may not be in your job, but there will be moments in life where you can shine as the person you really are. I think people maybe forget that or don't even know that."
Cameron: "It's a reminder that you're allowed to act the way you do when you're by yourself and staring at yourself in the mirror, dancing around. You can do that in public, too. It's cool. Have fun!"