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All American Rejects


I volunteered to listen to The All-American Reject’s sample song for their new up coming album. Even though this isn’t my type of music, I liked the sample songs very much. There were only two sample songs on the advance release preview disk that I received from MOXIE.

Track #1 “Someday’s Gone”: I can honestly say I liked this song because it has a very nice beat. Its also something that I would usually listen to. I love songs like this because they either have a meaning or story behind it.

Track #2 “Beekeeper’s Daughter”: This song was not really my type of music, just by the lyrics. The music and the beat was nice. This song is something I would probably consider listening to from time to time, but not something I’d listen to everyday.

Lylette Storms

9th Grade Reporter


It was December 2009 and The All-American Rejects were in celebration mode. The band — which lead singer, bassist, and lyricist Tyson Ritter and his long-time friend guitarist Nick Wheeler formed as teenagers in Stillwater, Oklahoma, before being joined by guitarist Mike Kennerty and drummer Chris Gaylor in 2002 — had just wrapped up touring behind their third album, 2008’s When The World Comes Down. The Rejects played to ecstatic audiences across the globe, thanks to scoring their first international hit, “Gives You Hell,” which also spent four weeks at No. 1 at Top 40 radio, became the No. 1 most-played song of 2009 at the format, and went on to sell four million copies in the U.S. alone. After finishing a tour that capped 10 years in the music industry — during which time the Rejects also released a self-titled platinum debut in 2003 and the double-platinum Move Alongin 2005, as well as a string of well-received singles — Ritter should have been on top of the world. Instead, he found himself feeling utterly lost. “I decided that I needed a major life change, so I did a massive spring cleaning and rid myself of everything that was normal and domesticated,” says Ritter, who, when the tour wrapped, ended a long-term relationship and moved to Los Angeles, “which I swore I’d never do unless it was to date Winona Ryder and lose my craft,” he jokes. “I've been in a band since I was 17. I was in a relationship since I was 17. So here I was, at 25, still feeling 17 in every way, because I'd just come off the road after being on it my entire adult life.” In the nine months that followed, Ritter fell down the rabbit hole of excess. “I basically crawled into a bottle of Jameson’s and didn’t come out,” he says frankly. “The worst it got was me lying on the floor talking to myself and knowing it was morning but not caring, and not even really remembering how I got there. The whole time in L.A. was about constant distraction so I didn’t have to deal with the fact that I had to function outside of the band. I had to grow up, and it turns out I had a lot to say about that realization once Nick pulled me out.