The Rejects’ first big hit, 2003’s “Swing Swing,” was also the first of many post-break-up songs by The Rejects. Two years later, in 2005, Top 40 radio stations blew up with “Dirty Little Secret,” from the group’s second studio album, Move Along. The title track also earned considerable airplay. The Rejects continued in the same “break-up song” vein that had worked well for them for more than half a decade in 2008, releasing “Gives You Hell” and earning a whole new set of scorned lovers as fans.
The Rejects’ first album was decidedly more Pop Punk.
The descriptor has continued to haunt the group with comparisons to Blink 182 and Green Day. However, with each album the band continued to stray further from those copycat beginnings. AAR’s newest album, Kids in the Street, manages to continue to hold true to the Rejects’ sound, with their typical less-than-deep lyrics and frontman Tyson Ritter’s cracking voice. Meanwhile, the band has pushed its musical style further from its origins with more screaming, more revving guitars and a lot more glam.
Reviews for Kids in the Street have been decent, at best. However, the current tour has earned serious props for the band’s energy level and mix of new and old songs.
THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS perform Sunday, May 13 at Bogart's in Corryville with guest A Rocket to the Moon. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.