The guys of American Authors -- lead singer Zac Barnett, guitarist James Adam Shelley, bassist Dave Rublin and drummer Matt Sanchez -- are returning with the July 1 release of their second album What We Live For. "[Our] first album is all about reflection and the memories that led us to becoming American Authors," says Zac Barnett. "What We Live For is about the adventures we’re having and where we want to go."
Title track "What We Live For" cements their theme of adventures, with lyrics laden with road trip imagery, bubbling over with ebullience. In the music video, however, a young couple's adventures are tragically cut short by gun violence, a production decision made by the band to address our nation's current climate. American Authors wrote a statement to accompany the video and the topic of guns in America:
In January of 2016 we came up with a concept for a music video that worked perfectly with our song "What We Live For." We wanted to show you a powerful memory between two people whose love for each other, abruptly came to an end due to gun violence. In March 2016, we filmed it.