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American Authors Shares New Single "Counting Down"

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American Authors has teamed up with SPIN to premiere the title track from their forthcoming EP, "Counting Down."

September 04, 2020


American Authors has teamed up with SPIN to premiere the title track from their forthcoming EP, "Counting Down."



dditionally, the band will be taking over SPIN's Twitch Channel tomorrow at 4pm PT for an exclusive acoustic performance. Counting Down, the new EP from American Authors, is set to be released on September 18th via Island Records.

"There are so many nights I fall asleep away from my loved ones & I just count down the days till I'm back home with them," shares vocalist Zac Barnett. "My girlfriend, my dog, my cats, my friends, my family. I'm so thankful to tour and play music for a living but some days you just can't help but get homesick."

Never a band to rest on its laurels, soon after releasing third full-length, Seasons, in February 2019, American Authors were struck with a surge of inspiration. While other bands might have ignored that to focus on the album cycle, the four-piece did not. Instead the band, rounded out by guitarist/keyboardist James Shelley, bassist Dave Rublin and drummer Matt Sanchez rented an Airbnb in Nashville for a few days with the express intention of writing new material. The result is Counting Down, although Barnett points out that the band weren't actually setting out to make a new record.

"At the time," he explains, "we weren't thinking about this as a collection of songs, because it fell so close after releasing the album. We were just writing to write, and that's what was really fun about these songs, but coming right after an album, there were no limits on what this was. We were just writing from the heart."

In fact, what would eventually turn into EP actually started life as a singles project when the band decided to release "Microphone." It was a song they'd been sitting on for a couple of years and felt it would make an amazing live song to release before tour - which started in January and finished at the end of February, mere weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic really struck. But soon after finishing that song, they were connected with Norwegian EDM production duo Seeb, and the collaboration of "Best I Can" was set in motion. As the pandemic continued to spread and grow, the band's members realized it might be a long time until they'd be able to get together in the same room again.

"We live in three different places now," says Barnett, "but we're such a collaborative band that when we write music we write it all together. With everything going on, we didn't know when the next time all four of us would be able to fly to a studio space and start cranking out new stuff. But we had these songs we really liked, and it seemed like a good time to do another EP and share these songs with the world - if we can give people a little bit more joy or happiness, a bit more light and hope at the end of this tunnel, why not do that right now?"

That's exactly what Counting Down offers. It kicks off with "Brick By Brick", a high-octane, uplifting track that defies the doubts of its lyric to start the EP with a powerful jolt of defiance. Recorded by Seasons producer Cason Cooley, the song is about overcoming self-doubt, and serves as a testament to the hard work that the band, even after the runaway success of 2013 single "Best Day Of My Life," put into what they do. Beyond that, it also doubles up as a commentary on the current political climate of the USA.






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American Authors Shares New Single "Counting Down"

September 04, 2020

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American Authors has teamed up with SPIN to premiere the title track from their forthcoming EP, "Counting Down."

American Authors has teamed up with SPIN to premiere the title track from their forthcoming EP, "Counting Down."



dditionally, the band will be taking over SPIN's Twitch Channel tomorrow at 4pm PT for an exclusive acoustic performance. Counting Down, the new EP from American Authors, is set to be released on September 18th via Island Records.

"There are so many nights I fall asleep away from my loved ones & I just count down the days till I'm back home with them," shares vocalist Zac Barnett. "My girlfriend, my dog, my cats, my friends, my family. I'm so thankful to tour and play music for a living but some days you just can't help but get homesick."

Never a band to rest on its laurels, soon after releasing third full-length, Seasons, in February 2019, American Authors were struck with a surge of inspiration. While other bands might have ignored that to focus on the album cycle, the four-piece did not. Instead the band, rounded out by guitarist/keyboardist James Shelley, bassist Dave Rublin and drummer Matt Sanchez rented an Airbnb in Nashville for a few days with the express intention of writing new material. The result is Counting Down, although Barnett points out that the band weren't actually setting out to make a new record.

"At the time," he explains, "we weren't thinking about this as a collection of songs, because it fell so close after releasing the album. We were just writing to write, and that's what was really fun about these songs, but coming right after an album, there were no limits on what this was. We were just writing from the heart."

In fact, what would eventually turn into EP actually started life as a singles project when the band decided to release "Microphone." It was a song they'd been sitting on for a couple of years and felt it would make an amazing live song to release before tour - which started in January and finished at the end of February, mere weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic really struck. But soon after finishing that song, they were connected with Norwegian EDM production duo Seeb, and the collaboration of "Best I Can" was set in motion. As the pandemic continued to spread and grow, the band's members realized it might be a long time until they'd be able to get together in the same room again.

"We live in three different places now," says Barnett, "but we're such a collaborative band that when we write music we write it all together. With everything going on, we didn't know when the next time all four of us would be able to fly to a studio space and start cranking out new stuff. But we had these songs we really liked, and it seemed like a good time to do another EP and share these songs with the world - if we can give people a little bit more joy or happiness, a bit more light and hope at the end of this tunnel, why not do that right now?"

That's exactly what Counting Down offers. It kicks off with "Brick By Brick", a high-octane, uplifting track that defies the doubts of its lyric to start the EP with a powerful jolt of defiance. Recorded by Seasons producer Cason Cooley, the song is about overcoming self-doubt, and serves as a testament to the hard work that the band, even after the runaway success of 2013 single "Best Day Of My Life," put into what they do. Beyond that, it also doubles up as a commentary on the current political climate of the USA.


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