There’s no denying that the mid-00s were all about The All-American Rejects. With the likes of ‘Dirty Little Secret’ and ‘Gives You Hell’ breaking out into the mainstream and shooting them to worldwide success, it’s no surprise all has been pretty quiet for the band since their last album back in 2012.
A brief return in 2017 ended almost as soon as it began, and now, almost two years later, those songs promised back then have finally started to surface, and it looks as if the Oklahoma outfit are back for good. Along with signing to a new label, the band seem to be ready to unveil this new era of The All-American Rejects.
If you think you can guess what to expect from the three-track EP, ‘Send Her To Heaven’, then you’re probably wrong, as this is the band like you’ve never heard them before.
The titular track oozes a 90s rock ‘n’ roll vibe, and sees the band experimenting with a whole new sound whilst still maintaining an infectious chorus that they’re notorious for. Although this is new territory for the quartet, frontman Tyson Ritter‘s vocals are still as distinctive as ever; it’d be hard to not know this is an The All-American Rejects record.
Next comes ‘Gen Why (DGAF)’, and is the highlight of the three. It’s the perfect little jibe at the newest generation of teenagers whilst remaining very tongue-in-cheek. The melody and guitar riffs are very child-like, providing an almost nursery rhyme feel to the overall track.
Finishing off this short but sweet sampler, ‘Demons’ is the most poppy of the tracks and is reminiscent of the sound we’re most accustomed to with this band. It’s likely this is the one the older fans will be drawn to, and shows that, although the band are clearly more mature now and have a lot more freedom to experiment on their new label, they’re still keeping aspects of why everyone loved them so much in the first place.
Each song on the EP is cleverly created with a different producer for a completely unique sound, and, whilst this was a riskier move, it seems to have paid off. It’s a perfect sampler of three unique tracks guaranteeing that you’re going to like at least one of them.
Now with a new label home at Epitaph, it seems pretty set in stone that The All-American Rejects aren’t going away again any time soon, and the ten-minute snippet on ‘Send Her To Heaven’ is a firm indicator of what to expect on their next record.