Alex Gaskarth was born as Alexander William Gaskarth in Harlow, Essex in England on December 14, 1987. His parents are Isobel Gaskarth and Peter Gaskarth. He had a brother, who died earlier in the years. He moved to Maryland when he was 7 years old. When he was in middle school, he was taken out of private school to public school, where he met Jack Barakat, his best friend. He is the singer, song writer, and rhythm guitarist for the band since 2003.