The All-American Rejects are gearing up to release the final album in the pop-rock band's Interscope deal, and after numerous hits like "Gives You Hell," "Swing Swing" and "Move Along," frontman Tyson Ritter is ready to break from the script. Earlier this year, AAR dropped a two-song EP as a long-form music video and, with it, some bold new sounds for the band.
"To me, ‘Sweat’ sounds like Rejects still, but I feel like it’s a cartoon, adrenaline-ized version," he says. "‘Close Your Eyes’ is this departure. More of the record’s gonna feel like stepping away from the expectation of what we sound like... I have friends who openly tell me they didn’t like our band early on, but after we released ‘Sweat,’ they we’re like, this is dope!"