OneRepublic have been rather quite for the last few months, and there’s a reason why…
In a lengthy Facebook post, frontman Ryan Tedder reveals that the real reason for their four month break has been his battle with anxiety that nearly caused him to quit. In the post, Ryan also expresses his disdain for album promo cycles and the band’s exciting future plans for releasing new music.
“I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown, not sleeping, on meds, not happy, anxiety on a crippling level and it was triggered from sheer exhaustion,” Ryan wrote in the statement. “I looked at a calendar, realized I had been gone 200 days of 2016 and still had 3 more weeks of being gone. From my family, my wife, my kids, my friends, basically my life. I also realized that had been the last 10 years. At that moment I wanted to quit, and almost did. ‘Oh My My’ is my favorite album, it’s bonkers and eclectic and we planned on releasing/promoting lots of songs we wanted to get to, but that album is also what made me collapse… in addition to travel we had an inhuman amount of stress surrounding basic things like artwork and videos. Everywhere we turned something got messed up and had to be redone, at the cost of our time and lives and families. It was never ending. So, for the first time ever and hopefully the last, I asked our label (who is amazing) to stop. Stop the album, stop the promo, don’t release another song. Hit pause. And they did.”
The good news is that OneRepublic and Ryan Tedder aren’t going anywhere. The even better news is that we’re getting new OneRepublic music “as often as humanly possible.” Starting with “No Vacancy,” a very on-trend, rhythmic summertime bop originally intended for Miss Selena Gomez, produced by hit-makers Stargate.
“So whats ‘No Vacancy‘ and where did it come from? I had a series of sessions with my friends Tor and Mikkel (Stargate) in early January. The 2nd song we wrote was ‘No Vacancy‘. The session didn’t start as a song for OneRepublic, we were trying to write a Gotye style song for Selena actually, but when I sang the chorus it just felt right,” Ryan continued to describe in his Facebook post. “The lyric idea started with me thinking about my kids and then I realized it was kinda just relatable to anyone. It had a Police vibe I loved… Tor sped it up and added the plucky guitar chords. A month later we ended up doing a concert in the Caribbean and that’s where I finished the lyrics and vocals and instrumental bits. As I said I react to what’s around me, thus the island vibe and palm trees etc….(and yes I realize I’m pronouncing “Vacancy” an odd way but how the hell else can it rhyme with “so damn empty!!??”). It’s not a first single, it’s a song for April. It’s fun, it’s summer, it’s a song some will love and some wont- I honestly don’t care. WE like it :). My goal for now is I want people to bliss out. We are in some dark times, we wanna make some lifted music that helps people feel happy. Feel connected, feel human, and love each other as much as possible. BLISS. OUT.”
So there you have it folks, the first of many many new songs to come from OneRepublic this year. GET INTO IT!