This week, The All-American Rejects released their fourth studio album, Kids In The Street. It’s been a little over three years since Tyson Ritter and the boys released new material so a new album has been long overdue. Last month, I got the chance to chat with drummer and percussionist of the band Chris Gaylor. We talked about their current single, the new album, and working with Grammy-nominated producer Greg Wells, who produced the entire album. Kids In The Street is easily one of my favorite albums from the band, they have never sounded more sure of themselves than they do here. Be sure to check out my interview with Chris and pick up the album if you haven’t already. Enjoy!
On first single “Beekeeper’s Daughter“: The title of the song actually came from a jar of honey called Beekeeper’s Daughter, it was a joke at first, but then it kind of just stuck. Tyson mainly wrote the lyrics. Right after we toured the last record Tyson moved out to Los Angeles and kind of had a quarter life crisis. He got a little lost in Los Angeles by meeting some poisonous ladies and broke up with his girlfriend. It got to a point where he was feeling bulletproof and was being a bit of an asshole with the ladies, if you know what I mean. That’s how the song came about. It was sort of autobiographical about what he went through for awhile. He is not like that anymore by any means but its about something he went through.
On working with Greg Wells: He became the fifth member of the band, it was incredible to work with him. He is truly a great musician and he really got us to open up. It was great to have a guy with his talent around, we learned a lot from him. There was more of a sense of spontaneity in this recording process than in the pass. We’ve loved all the producers we’ve worked with in the past but Greg might be the first producer we go back into the studio with to record an album for a second time. We’ve never really jelled so much with a producer before. He literally felt like a fifth member of the band. It was a really cool feeling and just made us more relaxed throughout the process. Everything felt right.
On experimenting in Kids in the Street: On every record we experiment with different stuff and especially in this one we tried out certain recording techniques. On “Bleed into Your Mind” it was an insane amount of experimentation. It would take me forever to try and explain. For example though there was no drums on the song at first, instead of using a bass drum, I slapped my chest with a closed fist and just did the kick drum pattern on my chest. We recorded the whiplash from belts. It was just a lot of cool experimentation in that sense. It was one of the toughest songs to record but it was so much fun.
Favorite songs off Kids in the Street: I have a couple. “Bleed into Your Mind” I absolutely love. I really like the title track “Kids in the Street” and I really think “Someday’s Gone” is amazing. “Heartbeat Slowing Down” is another one of my favorites but honestly I really love everything on this record. For the first time, I’m able to say I like every single song. I don’t mean that to knock any of the other albums at all, it’s more to just compliment this record. I’m really happy with the way it turned out.