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Tyson Ritter On The All-American Rejects’ New Single: “Interscope Was Afraid To Release That Song”

Brii Jamieson
Brii Jamieson 17 September 2019 at 17.28

"This song has been sitting, burning this candy-coated hole in our pocket for years." - Tyson Ritter

The All-American Rejects have dropped the official video for their latest single 'Gen Why? (DGAF)' - their sugar-coated, tongue in cheek answer to the baffling parts of youth culture.

Speaking about 'Gen Why' to Rock Sound earlier this year, frontman Tyson Ritter shared "It’s not a generalisation - to me, that song spilled out in a lyrical flow that’s not really conscious… sometimes you’ll be writing and playing at the same time, and the words just syllabically start making a sentence. And that sentence can connect itself to other bizarre moments, and I think that’s how this song came out.

He continued, "I was driving through Griffith Park and I saw someone smoking in a Land Rover and they looked like they were 11, and the windows were up and I was like, ‘Wow, what’s your life?’. So I made a story up about her. And it was just kind of... about her. For me it’s evocative. I feel like it’s one of those moments where maybe it doesn’t make sense, but it still kind of makes sense. I don’t know - maybe it’s triggering? I really don’t know. To me it’s just a mess of a song with a tongue just bursting through a cheek as its calling card."

"It’s funny because Interscope was afraid to release that song. That was back in 2015. So this song has been sitting, burning this candy-coated hole in our pocket for years. I just think it’s kind of funny that they were afraid of it. Which is insane because it’s not hurting anybody!"

Check out the video for The All-American Rejects' 'Gen Why?' below:

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