American Authors Look to Add 'Ryan Tedder Touch' to Next Album

Chris Godley
American Authors

This past weekend's KROQ Weenie Roast marked a milestone for up and coming New York-based pop/rockers American Authors.

"We just moved to a tour bus. We've known each other and we've been playing music together for seven years. We all live in the same small apartment back in Brooklyn, same one that we moved into when we moved there as struggling artists, and on every tour that we've done we've always had a 15-passenger van," frontman Zac Barnett tells Billboard as we meet with the band in the trailer. "We just upgraded to a 15-passenger with a trailer this past fall and today we upgraded to a bus."

The band will put the bus to use on their current tour with One Republic and the Script. The jaunt got off to a great start last week with two shows at the famed Red Rocks in Denver. It was memorable on two fronts for American Authors, starting with the hospitality from One Republic.

"They bought us very Colorado things, they bought us Voodoo Donuts first day, this delicious whisky, and wrote us this sweet little card," Matt Sanchez says.

"And all local beers," adds James Adams Shelley.

American Authors have already begun writing for the follow-up to Oh, What A Life. "We're always writing so we definitely have a lot of new ideas and material that we've been working on and that we're really excited to start working on, especially on this tour," Barnett says.

Being on tour with One Republic, the band is shooting for a co-write with Ryan Tedder. "We're going for it," Barnett says. "We're warming him up, we're leaving little love notes outside his dressing room."

"I think any song could use the Ryan Tedder touch. If we could just get in the room with him that'd be awesome," Shelley adds.

The Red Rocks show was also special for American Authors because it was the first time they got to see the effects of having a smash song like "Best Day Of My Life." 

"Playing ‘Best Day Of My Life' was really, really fun. When you see a sold-out Red Rocks crowd jumping up and down, the crowd of people just screaming and jumping and singing along to every word is really incredible," Dave Rublin says.

"It's basically when you know you've made it," Sanchez adds. 

For Barnett "Believer" was equally cool. "That was one of the first that we ever wrote as American Authors and when you just see it transform in front of 10,000 people, the energy that you get from it, and they're singing back to you, is insane," he says.

Tour buses bring new perks, like DVD and Blu-Ray players. Among the movies of choice are things like Big Lebowski and Batman series, as well as Porn Identity and Harry Twatter. We're not really sure if they are serious or not, but we'll play along. So if American Authors were to be in any porno movie what would be the porno of choice?

There is one vote for the Matrix. And what would it be called? The Spanktrix.

"It would be something with the Hunger Games, where you are lost in the woods and you are running around and you come across these women and you're like, ‘Oh, don't kill me. I think you are hiding a weapon down there,'" Barnett says. And it has to have a porno title. Their suggestion, The Hung-her Games. 


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