The band describe the record as the best they've ever done.
Plain White T's have gone independent for the first time in more than a decade, releasing their self-funded seventh album 'American Nights' this year and finally experiencing full satisfaction in their music - because more heart and soul has gone into it than ever before.
Plain White T's go independent with 'American Nights'
The creative process for 'American Nights' began several years ago when the 'Hey There Delilah' hitmakers were still signed to Hollywood Records. The record (which looked marginally different then to what it does now) would've been released on the label had the band not decided to move into independent territory, taking their material with them.
Plain White T's have taken some time to talk about the creation of their album, 'American Nights', which was released on 31st March 2015. The album was entirely self-funded, and allowed them to be more free and expressive.
When Plain White T's landed a massive trans-Atlantic hit with 'Hey There Delilah', you'd have been forgiven for thinking they would become a huge success story. Unfortunately for them, this has not been the case, and whilst they're certainly no one-hit wonder, it's fair to say their profile has since declined. Now onto album seven, the release will be supported with a quartet of North American shows in April.
The title track that gives this record its name opens the album and it's difficult not to think that it could be a One Direction track. just not a very good one. Up-tempo guitar pop, it fails to inspire in the slightest, so the arrival of 'Pause' is welcome. Using a tried and trusted "oh oh" hook, it's simple and does the required job so well they revisit it later on 'Dance Off-Time', a surprisingly pleasant turn toward folk. Much of the remainder of this release is rather ineffectual, but 'Stay' and 'Someday You're Gonna Love Me' stand out for the wrong reasons. The former is light soul in which they bizarrely ask a girl who has done them wrong to love them, while the latter is downright creepy. Convincing yourself that someone you love will love you one day is just about acceptable, but not when the opening lines twice reference her to go be young and not understanding - it's like Gary Puckett & The Union all over again. With this being the strongest impression made, it is safe to say that Plain White T's are unlikely to be back in the limelight any time soon. The terrible record sleeve also doesn't do this album any favours.
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The band also unveil a new single entitled 'Pause'.
Plain White T's are set to return with a brand new album entitled 'American Nights', featuring upbeat first single 'Pause'. It marks their first independent release for fourteen years, and judging by the new song, they're all the better for it.
Plain White T's to unveil new album 'American Nights'
They're still best known for their Grammy nominated, multi-Platinum number one single 'Hey There Delilah' from 2006, but that doesn't mean that Plain WhiteT's is a band with little to offer. Far from the guitar based indie melodies of previous years, 'American Nights' sees them at their most pop, with 'Pause' offering lively vocal melodies, driving synths and a much gentler guitar feel, while still giving a kick with an energetic rhythm. In other words, if 'Pause' is anything to go buy, 'American Nights' will be chock full of summery anthems.
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Plain White T's, Tom Higgenson and Tim Lopez - Performances at 101.9fm Chicago's 'Miracle on State Street 2013' concert, held at the Chicago Theatre - Chicago, Illinois, United States - Friday 6th December 2013
Plain White T's, Tom Higgenson, Dave Tirio, Mike Retondo, Tim Lopez and De' Mar Hamilton - Plain White T's, Tom Higgenson, Dave Tirio, Mike Retondo, Tim Lopez, De' Mar Hamilton at The Beverly Hilton Hotel The Fulfillment Fund's STARS 2012 Benefit Gala - Arrivals Wednesday 24th October 2012