The All-American Rejects return with their scathy new song ‘Gen Why? (DGAF)’

When a band has a song titled “Gives You Hell” in their discography, do you really expect them to lie low and not get petty with newer jams? Well, in the case of the All-American Rejects, the answer is “um…no.”

On Tuesday (Sept. 17), the Oklahoma-founded band unleashed the lyric video for another new song featured on their recently released EP. Titled “Gen Why? (DGAF),” the track finds the act getting a “little” shady during its three-and-a-half-minute runtime.

The word-based clip combines footage of teenagers circa the 1950s rebelling against everything while also incorporating some modern advances like text messages and social media.

In a note on Twitter, frontman Tyson Ritter reveals what inspired the song.

“When we were on Interscope, I wrote this to piss off people over there that wanted another ‘Give You Hell.’ So to me, this song is a special kind of monster created to leave a bad taste in your mouth and piss you off even for having heard it.”

Ouch. Talk about scathy.

Watch the video for “Gen Why? (DGAF)” above.

“Gen Why? (DGAF)” is featured on the All-American Rejects recently released EP, Send Her to Heaven. In July, the group unleashed the music video for the three-track record’s lead single (and title track) “Send Her to Heaven.”

The recently released album marks the band’s first new set of tunes since 2017’s “Sweat” and “Close Your Eyes.” It’s also the quartet’s first record through their new home of Epitaph Records.

As previously explained by guitarist Nick Wheeler, don’t expect these three songs to be a precursor to a brand new record. The foursome has no current plans of releasing the long-awaited follow-up to 2012’s Kids in the Street.

New All-American Rejects on the Horizon?

Could a new All-American Rejects album be coming our way really soon? If we’re going by what frontman Tyson Ritter has been hinting at online, then the answer is most definitely a “yes.” Over the past couple of months, Ritter has taken to Twitter to tease new music from the band, but it seemed like trolling than anything else.

But things took a turn for the “maybe this is really happening” when Ritter tweeted that he had gotten the chance to watch a brand new all-American Rejects music video last Friday (Sept. 25).

Then, in a massive update on Tuesday (Sept. 29), Ritter all but confirmed the news. He started things out by saying that something big will be coming our way towards the end of October and to expect more news during this week. Then, he wrote that a new song titled “Into My Heart” had been completed and that the song would have a “reggaeton beat” and “groove-move.” But that’s not even the end of it; he also teased that the album might be titled Calypso.

Check out the massive updates from Tuesday, below.

While we wait for confirmation on everything Ritter has teased, one thing is for sure, there is a new All-American Rejects song out there. The band recorded a new song titled “There’s a Place” which is featured in the trailer for the Drew Barrymore/Toni Collette-starring film, Miss You Already. The film is set to hit theaters on Nov. 6 and Ritter is also set to appear in it.

As for the All-American Rejects, the band have been really quiet, only performing at Universal Studios Orlando’ Mardi Gras earlier this year and at Wabash College and Manhattan College this past spring. The band’s last studio album was 2012’s Kids in the Street. In November of 2012, they released a EP titled Flatline EP which feature three remixed versions of their songs.