After a 5 year hiatus American pop punk group The All American Rejects are back with a brand new EP and this being Sweat via Interscope Records. Consisting of just two tracks this impeccable release gives you an insight to what the upcoming 5th LP will sound like.
Anyways this tantalising four piece compromise of Tyson Ritter (vocals, bass guitar, piano), Nick Wheeler (lead guitar, backing vocals), Mike Kennerty (rhythm guitar, backing vocals) and Chris Gaylor. They’ve dropped four albums and my favourite had to be the double platimum sophomore Move Along which featured the singles Dirty Little Secret and Move Along. In 2008 gold-certified When The World Comes Down yielded their biggest hit to date: the quadruple-platinum Gives You Hell.
Aside from that this new EP is ever so exquisite. The first track was Sweat and this was produced by Ido Zmishlany (Shawn Mendes, The Chainsmokers) and lyrically tackles themes about being in control of your own destiny. This track is incredible and it’s a triumphant return to the music scene. Sweat was a edgy power pop anthem and Ritter’s gravely vocal tones pack a fierce punch. It’s actually similar to the single Gives You Hell. Still Sweat was an infectious jam with laid back verses and a chorus which can quite easily have you moshing “Sweat! Sweat! Sweat! / I’m making you / Sweat! Sweat! Sweat!”.
Close Your Eyes was produced by Benny Cassette (Kanye West, Miguel) and explores the complexities of relationships and when to get out. When compared to Sweat this song is so different, Close Your Eyes was a gentle synth pop delight with dreamy lyrics which left me well and truly hypnotised.
To accompany this EP the band have unveiled a short mini movie which infuses both Sweat and Close Your Eyes. It was shot in Los Angeles and directed by Jamie Thraves (Radiohead, Coldplay, Sam Smith etc.), and tackles an array of complex themes dealing with one’s identity.
To sum things up I’m thoroughly impressed with these two sparkly songs and I eagerly anticipate the 5th album later this year.