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.

The All-American Rejects return with their three-song EP, share its lead single

After what has felt like an eternity, the All-Amerian Rejects are finally back! On Tuesday (July 16), the Oklahoma-founded group returned with a slew of goodies for their patient (but long-suffering) fan base. Two years after releasing their last set of new tunes (“Sweat” and “Close Your Eyes”), the four-piece confirmed the immediate release of their digital EP.

Titled Send Her to Heaven, the record features three new tracks; “Gen Why? (DGAF),” “Demons,” and the album’s title track and lead single “Send Her to Heaven.”

Watch the four-minute, theatrical music video for “Send Her to Heaven” above.

Send Her to Heaven is currently available for purchase here. This EP marks the band’s first release through their new home of Epitaph Records.

When asked about the decision to release these three songs together on the album, guitarist Nick Wheeler revealed that it had to do with each of the song’s connection to one another.

“’Send Her to Heaven’ and ‘Demons’ just went together thematically,” Wheeler reveals to Alternative Press in a recent interview.

“‘Send Her to Heaven’ is about a debaucherous person, and ‘Demons’ is the redemption and the self-realization at the end of it. We had listened to the songs together and thought, ‘Hey, this makes sense. Let’s put them all out there.’”

Now that there’s new music out there don’t expect this to be a precursor to a brand new album. The group does not have any plans to release the long-awaited follow-up to 2012’s Kids in the Street any time soon.

“There’s not a plan to do that [an album] anytime soon, but we’re naturally coming into the space where we are creating when we feel like it,” Wheeler reveals.

“When the opportunity for us to make music on a greater scale happens, we’re going to take that opportunity and run with it. Hopefully [this EP] will take us naturally into our next chapter, whatever that is.”