A "quarter-life" crisis informs the songs on the All-American Rejects' new album, "Kids in the Street."
After touring to promote its predecessor, 2008's gold-certified "When the World Comes Down," frontman Tyson Ritter and the other members of the Oklahoma-formed group moved to Los Angeles, a time Ritter says was marked by "women and excess...getting into trouble, seeing too many morning, pouring too much Jamison's into the ol' noggin, a lot of people I could've done without.
"Of course it was destructive," Ritter adds with a laugh, "but it wasn't really intentional. I was just having fun. It WAS fun, and coming out of it...thank God for the piano. Really, the music helped me out of it through this cathartic experience of writing the songs. It was just a journey where I got lost and found myself at the end through reflecting and apology."
Ritter says he pulled out of the nosedive when he and guitarist Nick Wheeler headed to northern California to start writing the songs for "Kids in the Street," which came out March 26. Wheeler experienced his own "adventures" during the interim, and Ritter says there was no shortage of experiences to draw from for the new material, including the first single "The Beekeeper's Daughter."
"Self-discovery is such an important thing," he explains. "I feel like in music you're a virtual Magellan as you discover new, vast territories, sonically and lyrically. If you're not discovering something new, you're not doing it right.
"I knew we needed to find a different place, and I guess in this accidental sort of...I don't know man, in the journey I found a different way and a new voice for our music and even a new voice for me to sing with."
The All-American Rejects perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at SoundBoard in the Motor City Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Blvd., Detroit. Tickets are $48, $43 and $35.50. Call 313-309-4700 or visit www.motorcitycasino.com.
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