The All-American Rejects Generate "Sweat"
The All-American Rejects Generate "Sweat"
- Genre : More Music
- Type : Interviews
- Author : Super Admin
- Date : Mon, 07 May 2018
Tyson Ritter discusses the band's new music, the perfect night on stage, and his most grounding moments
It's been over five years since The All-American Rejects released their last studio album, but this past August, the band finally delivered two new tracks and a corresponding music video. 'Sweat' and 'Close Your Eyes' are set to be part of a forthcoming EP that should arrive sometime in the near future. The two new tracks find the Oklahoma rock band exploring new directions. They hit the studio with a variety of different producers while lead singer Tyson Ritter began collaborating with fellow writers other than bandmate Nick Wheeler for the first time in the group's career. ARTISTdirect's Christopher Friedmann caught with Tyson Ritter to discuss the band's new music, the perfect night on stage, and his most grounding moments. Christopher Friedmann: We're talking because you recently released two new songs, and you are preparing to release a new album come the new year. Just to start, how is the mood in camp? Tyson Ritter: Everything is great. We just got off a six-week run with Dashboard Confessional, before we let go of the 'Sweat' film, and that was really great. Excited to hear people sing back the new tunes, feels like we woke up a five year sleeping giant and it was with purpose. CF: Your two newest songs, 'Sweat' and 'Close Your Eyes', come along with an 11-minute video. Can you tell us about where the concept came from and why you felt it fit the songs perfectly? TR: Jamie Thraves is an incredibly accomplished music video director that approached us with a concept when he heard the songs, and he came with a very simple concept that just said, 'I see Tyson playing a woman. He's a productive of this man, Robert's fantasy. And I see him playing Robert as well.' Musically, 'Sweat' and 'Close Your Eyes' are kind of polar opposites of expression for the band and it was really important for me that they were paired together because after five years of being away from music, as a collective band, I think it was really important, for me especially, that not only was there kind of an offering that felt fresh, but also that had an impression of growth behind it. And I think a song like 'Close Your Eyes' is kind of in a place of a spectrum that we are not really known for touching, so I really thought it was important that this was a sonic offering that went from A to Z. So visually, the film was, like I said, birthed from this incredibly brilliant director that did my favorite Radiohead music video. I, of course, had questions for him, but there was an immediate instillation of trust because he is an incredible artist, Jamie. We just sort of started corresponding via email for about 2 weeks about the life of Robert and what he was to him and we even installed, when I started to build the characters, we added a lot of our own personal anecdotes of things that happened in our lives that we said happened to Robert. So we really focused on building a character that this explosion of fantasy actually came from. CF: In the second part of the video, there is this scene where Robert pays everyone out for being there, but then it snaps back into that never happening. What is the history of Robert? Where did he come from? What brought him back to this home that he seemed like he'd been gone from for a long time? TR: For me, Robert was someone I wanted to make sure a lot of people saw themselves in. I think we are all different people when we enter a room, whether it's filled with people we know, strangers we don't' as we age, this thought in our minds about our own identity and self worth, it becomes a little bit more of a question we seek as we age, and I think Robert is a guy who is fighting that conscious thought, where he wants to discover who he is, but he also wants to run away from himself and, in order to keep his identity secure, he actually went to the extreme of paying people to maintain this facade, this happy