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OneRepublic are gearing up to release their fourth studio album and we got the chance to catch up with frontman Ryan Tedder to talk their latest single, social media and the documentary they’re planning to drop alongside the record.
“We were chasing all different kinds of sounds. We didn’t know what we wanted the album to sound like, but we knew we wanted it to be different,” Tedder told Chloe Wilde. The band released the Joseph Khan-directed video for their first song since Native, titled, “Wherever I Go,” back in May, and it unmistakably takes their sound in a new direction.
“We weren’t trying to do some kind of big stompy gospel thing again because that was kind of the vibe of our last album. We were looking for something different. And it’s really that simple,” Tedder revealed.
Tedder also talked about their worldwide promotion for the single. The band sent postcards to fans everywhere in the world, asking recipients to post snaps to social media. Growing up in the prime of Myspace, Tedder said the band has always embraced social platforms.
“When I realized I could reach 250 million people effectively around the world for free, it was like, oh my God, this is the greatest thing ever.”
Their fourth studio record doesn’t have an official drop date, but the deluxe version of the unnamed album will come with a full-length documentary that the band has been shooting for two years. Sharing details of the doc, Tedder said the doc will take fans behind the scenes of the tour.
“It’s basically going on the road with us for the last two years while making album four. It’s really good and it’s crazy. It’s in 25 countries.”
Watch the full interview below.