By Scott T. Sterling
“It’s moving,” Ruess told Rolling Stone about the anticipated follow-up to the band’s wildly popular second full-length, Some Nights, home to a slew of hits including “We Are Young,” which snagged the Grammy for Song of the Year in 2013. “There’s an apprehension at first, because I don’t want this thing to move too fast, because I want to be able to enjoy being at home,” he added in regards to the time off after the whirlwind campaign around Some Nights. “And with this album – and after being on the road for a few years – you can’t help but think of how each song is gonna fit. You start thinking about what you’re gonna want to play, and what you’re gonna want to say.”
Despite the immense success of Some Nights, Ruess is contemplating what he feels are the record’s shortcomings while preparing for the next album.
“I look at Some Nights and some of the things that I feel like I did wrong on that, and I look at other albums that I’ve done in the past as a lyricist and not only want to maintain a certain level but exceed it,” the singer explained. “The pain for me in songwriting is always putting lyrics to things. And so hopefully I’ve got enough firepower. I’ve definitely had enough s— go down in the last few years.”
Ruess has spent a good chunk of his time off from making music playing lots of golf, although he was persuaded to group with his fun. band mates for special live performance during this year’s NCAA Final Four basketball tournament at the free three-day March Madness Music Festival in Dallas last month.
The band’s time away from the spotlight allowed guitarist Jack Antonoff to launch a new solo project called Bleachers. The act’s first single, “I Wanna Get Better,” boasts a music video directed by Antonoff’s rumored girlfriend, Lena Dunham, the lead in HBO’s popular and controversial show, Girls.