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Nick Wheeler, guitarist for the All-American Rejects, is contemplating a life after Warped Tour. It’s a few days before his band take to the Shoreline Amphitheatre to give the traveling festival tour a proper send-off.
Wheeler, like his bandmates—vocalist/bassist Tyson Ritter, guitarist Mike Kennerty and drummer Chris Gaylord—are stoked to plug in, even though he’s trying to process the whole thing internally.
“I remember our first Warped Tour back in ’03,” he begins. “‘Swing, Swing’ was coming out, and we were on one of the smaller stages. Getting to watch that crowd grow every day was magical.
“I remember getting to play with bands I saw when I was going to Warped when I was younger. Then 2010 was the first year there were bands on the tour listening to us. We felt like the old dudes then. I don’t know how we’re going to feel, nine years later.”
What the Rejects don’t sound like are also-rans, dudes more remanded to history blogs or as answers to questions on Jeopardy! The band have teamed up with Epitaph Records to release a digital three-song EP, Send Her To Heaven, their first new music in two years.
It’s arguably the best music of their career, delivered with the kind of piano-driven panache that crosses punk-rock attitude with the most grizzled of ’70s rockers trying to psychically exhume John Lennon.
Check out the AltPress interview with Nick Wheeler here.
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