“You’re a pretty little flower, but I’m a busy little bee…”
It’s been a long, downward, spiralling slope for The All-American Rejects. They went from cute, fun pop-punk band, to tolerable pop-rock band, to irritating pop band… to this. This, ladies and gentlemen, is AAR’s Nickelback moment. Their sell-out anthem to end all other sell-out anthems. Their destiny as a boring, soulless, pompous corporate rock band has finally been fulfilled. And haven’t they picked a great video to go along with it?
Naturally, the clip revolves around vocalist Tyson Ritter, who has been using the band as a vehicle for his messiah complex for quite some time now. It’s narcissistic to the point that the rest of the band do not appear in the video until there is less than a minute to go, and even then they’re reduced to little more than background fodder. Yep, it’s the Tyson show, as he runs around his own little obnoxious musical, presumably in his own head. For trainspotters, it’s a bit like Bjork‘s It’s Oh So Quiet video – except for the fun, the joy, the excitement and the presence of a good song. Pretty tragic, really – but that’s what I’ve come to expect from this lot since Gives You Hell. Such a shame, considering how fun their first two records were. Ah well, they’re the ones getting paper. Clearly at a higher level of artistic integrity than I, the humble blogger. Fuck this band, though, really.