About The Artist
The Set List
-The crew at Walmart Soundcheck
On New Day, New Sounds:
Tyson: "It's the collective effort of two years and four people putting blood, sweat and tears into it. It's our greatest contribution yet."
Nick: "We met a lot of people this time. Last time it was tricky getting people to take meetings with us. This time it was a little different – after 'Move Along'. We got to meet with a lot of good producers and a lot of good people. The producer of our new record is Eric Valentine. He's worked with Queens of the Stone Age, Third Eye Blind, etc. Eric definitely stood out. He had the best vibe for where we wanted to go…"
On Interactive Rejects:
Tyson: "We'll stream live on to our site, www.allamericanrejects.com and kids will get a chance to watch what we're doing up to date, comment. It's cool, kind of invasive at times but it's really cool to give our fans opportunities to look into what we do."
Nick: "We can actually show them how a record is made. Lots of kids have no idea how much time and effort goes into making an album. Especially this one because it was probably studio-time wise, six months of 12 hour day recording. It was really cool to get to share some spur-of-the-moment stuff. If I saw something like that I would feel like a part of it."
On Reality Vs. The Road:
Tyson: "I enjoy the road a little more because you can unplug from reality a little bit. I don't really like the real world. I like our little world."
Mike: "It's nice because when people call you and you don't call them back, it's an acceptable excuse."
Nick: "Fortunately, right now we're in the transition to touring mode. We're all really in that mindset and really stoked on going out and playing these new songs and playing some shows. We're playing some smaller rooms, some multiple nights."
• The All-American Rejects are: Tyson Ritter, Nick Wheeler, Mike Kennerty and Chris Gaylor.
• They’re from Stillwater, Oklahoma. Tyson Ritter and Nick Wheeler formed the pop/rock band in 2001 and Mike Kennerty and Chris Gaylor joined a year later.
• Zoolander alert! Lead vocalist Tyson Ritter is also a successful male model. The charismatic frontman most recently appeared in a Hugo Boss campaign.
• They’re all inked. Each All American Reject share the same tattoo: the AAR logo planted on each member’s right breast.
• They’re really modest! Their new album ‘When The World Comes Down’ is, according to lead singer Tyson Ritter: “The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread!”
Appropriately, the AAR kick off with their first single ever (and one of their biggest hits to date): ‘Dirty Little Secret,’ from their 2005 sophomore album, ‘Move Along.’ It holds up well. With Chris and Nick sharing backup vocals duties, Tyson sings: “Let me know that I’ve done wrong… when I’ve known this all along.”
Gives You Hell
The infectious first single from ‘When The World Comes Down’ has both an unforgettable hook and a cheeky lyric about an I-Told-You-So relationship. With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Tyson sings: “I wake up every evening with a big smile on my face. And you’re still probably working at a 9 to 5 pace. I wonder how bad that tastes.”
It Ends Tonight
From their sophomore album, ‘Move Along,’ ‘It Ends Tonight’ is another ballad with a message that the band say is cryptically directed to “a dude”. As Nick sings and strums guitar, Tyson delivers a haunting vocal performance: “I can’t explain what you can’t explain. You’re finding things that you didn’t know. I look at you with such disdain.”
Mona Lisa (When The World Comes Down)
It’s time for the title track and second single from the new disc and a career highlight. Beautiful and bittersweet, ‘Mona Lisa’ is a guitar driven ballad that shows AAR at their most reflective and resigned. Sings Tyson: “You try to learn a lesson but you can’t. What can we do better? When will we know how? You can sit beside me when the world comes down.”
The AAR end their enigmatic set with a song that’s perhaps their most personal to date. The title track from their sophomore album, ‘Move Along’ is often regarded as a tribute to the band’s deceased touring keyboardist, Timothy Jordan II. Sings Tyson: “Speak to me, when all you got to keep is strong. Move along, move along like I know you do.”