It's been almost two years since the five guys of In Real Life -- Conor, Sergio, Brady, Drew and Chance -- were put together in a group on the ABC reality competition series Boy Band. It's been a self-described "roller coaster" since then, which has included the top 40 radio hit "Tattoo (How 'Bout You)" in 2018, followed by this year's sunny summer jam "Crazy AF" and the heartfelt midtempo ballad "Hurt for Long."
And of course the quintet has grown up over those two years, now ranging in age from 17 to 21, so it makes sense that their music grows with them. Which is why in the cleanly titled single "Crazy AF," they weren't afraid to drop an F-bomb (or four, not that we're counting).
"We knew that it would be the beginning of how we wanted to represent ourselves," Brady tells Billboard's Pop Shop Podcast of the decision (listen to the full interview below). "Because our whole thing is like, we want to represent ourselves in an authentic way, and at the end of the day, a 17- to 20-year-old group of guys, every once in a while, it's unrealistic to expect that [we won't swear]. There's no way. ... Everyone already knows we're saying those things, so we might as well sing about it a little bit."