Plain White T's Guantanamo And Beyond Tour W/ Matt Mc Andrew & Beta Play At Exit/In

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The Plain White T's haven't stopped heading back to the basement to dream up new sounds. There's where the
Plain White T's put the finishing touches on American Nights, the band's first independent album since
2001.
Independence. It's what American rock & roll — and American nights — have always been about. Even
during the band's days with Fearless and Hollywood Records, the Plain White T's thrived on doing things
their own way. They'd hire close friends to produce their albums and ask high school classmates to direct
their music videos. Now, five years after the release of Wonders of the Younger, they're upping the ante by
striking out on their own as an independent band, even putting the finishing touches on their newest
album in frontman Tom Higgenson's basement studio.
The result is American Nights, an album that focuses on everything fans have come to expect from the Plain
White T's — summery anthems, heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics, acoustic love songs — while still breaking new
ground. It's an album about freedom. An album about looking back while still moving forward. It's also the
most collaborative thing the guys have ever done, with three of the band members contributing their own
songs to the track list. Higgenson wrote six. Guitarist Tim Lopez, who sang the Top 40 single "Rhythm of
Love" on Wonders of the Younger, wrote four. Guitarist Dave Tirio wrote one.
"We had complete freedom," says Higgenson. "We didn't worry about figuring out what our label wanted,
or what would help us get onto the radio. We weren't worried about doing too many acoustic songs or too
many rock songs. We just wanted to do the ones that told our story. We wanted to be honest, because that's
always been what's connected us the most to our fans."
The future looks bright for the Plain White T's. Even so, American Nights is an album that lives in the
present, focusing on what's happening now instead of what might happen tomorrow. "Pause," the album's
lead single, urges the listener to live in the moment, while "Stay" finds its narrator prolonging the
inevitable end of a relationship, looking to spend one final hour with his partner before the two part ways.
The tempo picks up during the anthemic title track, where Higgenson hits the streets of his hometown with
a pretty woman in the shotgun seat, and then cools down during Lopez's "Love Again," a breezy love song
with a melody reminiscent of "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay." Those two bookends — the epic rock
songs and the acoustic-leaning ballads — have always been the Plain White T's bread and butter, and
they're dished up in hefty servings throughout the album.
"After years, we finally get to make the album that we wanted to make," Higgenson says. "That's the most
exciting thing for any artist: to have free reign to make an artistic statement. We're rejuvenated and reinspired.
We're taking the reins."
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