All American Rejects’ third album, “When the World Comes Down,” doesn’t come out until Dec. 16. But the modern rock quartet is busy previewing the new songs on its current tour and is anxious for fans to hear this year’s model of the band.
“It definitely sounds like us,” says guitarist Nick Wheeler, who wrote the album with singer-bassist Tyson Ritter during sessions in rural Georgia, Vancouver and San Francisco, recording it in Los Angeles and Atlanta with producer Eric Valentine. “I guess if you listen to the three records, you can definitely hear a progression. So the same way the first two records are different, the third one will probably be the same.
“We’re three, four years older now. With our first record, we were 16, 17 years old, and there’s definitely one thing on your mind — girls. Now we’ve seen a lot more of the world and experienced a lot more. Each time there’s more to draw from and more to say.”
Wheeler, 26 — who co-founded AAR in 2002 in Stillwater, Okla. — also hopes that “When the World Comes Down” helps to carve out more of a niche for the band in the rock world. The group has had success, including a platinum debut album in 2003 and a double-platinum follow-up, “Move Along,” in 2005, but the guitarist feels the group is still fighting for its place.
“When we first came out,” he explains, “there was a Yellowcard and a Good Charlotte and we kinda got lumped into that category and were on the back burner of this little movement that was going on. Then we made a second record and all those bands went away and then your Fall Out Boys came out and, again, we just got put on the back burner and lumped in with that whole group.
“So now we’re coming back with a third record and we’re making sure it’s the best thing we’ve done, and I think this time it’s our turn to be on the front burner, and to stay there. That’s our goal, at least.”
All American Rejects and Jet Lag Gemini perform at 7 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 16) at Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $20. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.
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