ThePlain White T's new album release has been looming over the heads of their fans for some time now. Their new EP Should've Gone to Bed has provided some relief, but there is still a desperate thirst for these guys that needs to be quenched. Earlier this week, we streamed the premiere of an exclusive Plain White T's rooftop performance on our Roku channel. Faithful fans tuned in to watch in droves, clocking in at a record breaking (for us) 13,000 viewers. Obviously they are still a powerhouse act, and a successful record release is imminent.
So, without further ado, we are pleased to share the full session video with Plain White T's loyal fans who were not able to tune in via Roku. Watch and listen as they bust out a few new tracks including "The Giving Tree," and "Should've Gone to Bed." They also discuss their inspirations and influences, banter about song writing techniques, and throw us all a bone and played everyone's favorite "Hey There Delilah."
because, I mean, I think we both write songs on acoustic guitars. So, they, you know, whenever we do something like this, it feels natural because that's the way we're used to hearing the song. The way we write, I think it's very much based on just the melodies and the lyrics. So you don't need much to convey that idea or to, you know, put that song across. I only miss you at midnight When that lonely clock strikes That's when I wish you were here The angel knows it's not right But the devil's in my heart tonight Whisperin' things in my ear So I down my cup And then I hit you up Sayin' stupid stuff I should have just gone to bed I should have never called you I should have listened to my head When it said leave it alone No, a few drinks in Here I go missin' you again God only knows what I said I should have just gone to bed Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah Yeah, yeah I should have just gone to bed All day long I'm over you Never really think of you I keep you out of my head But some nights when I'm strikin' out You're all I can think about I just got to have you again So I down my cup And then I hit you up Sayin' way too much I should have just gone to bed I should have never called you I should have listened to my head When it said leave it alone No, a few drinks in Here I go missin' you again God only knows what I said I should have just gone to bed I should have turned the lights out I should have called it a night You should have never picked up my phone call If you're not sleepin' here tonight I should have just gone to bed I should have never called you I should have listened to my head When it said leave it I should have just gone to bed I should have never called you I should have listened to my head When it said leave it alone No, a few drinks in Here I go missin' you again God only knows what I said I should have just gone to bed Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah Yeah, yeah I should have just gone to bed Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah Yeah, yeah I should have gone to bed "Should Have Gone to Bed" and the title track is the current single, "Should Have Gone to Bed. " And that's all about me, you know, making stupid decisions in that midnight hour after going out with some buddies, having a few drinks, and, you know, not having the balls to go up and talk to any girls, so I end up turning to my phone and, you know, sending out some text messages that I definitely shouldn't. And when they go unanswered, which they usually do, then I feel like a dumb ass and that's what I wrote "Should Have Gone to Bed" about. The difference between a Tom and Tim song... - I kinda figured it'd be like a-- - --"I'm a good song writer. " - No, I love your songs, man. difference is. I think we both kind of write from the same perspective. You know, we both write very personal songs. Well, you know, I think, you know, I think the main difference would be our influences. - Yeah. I tend to be a little bit more pop leaning with the stuff I listen to and, you know, you're more into kind of the classic americana, Tom Petty kind of stuff. difference. I think we both, you know... - Write from the heart. songs. I mean, it's not like a competition, but, yeah, when Tim is turning in great songs that just makes me inspired to write, you know, write more and try to, you know, just better myself and my songs. - Right. I mean, we're always tryin' to push the band forward and grow as artists. And I think it's kinda healthy, 'cause, like you said, we come from different perspectives at times and we're both experiencing different things in life. And so, you know, we're always, it's not like we're trying to one up each other, but, you know, if he turns in something that I think has reached a different caliber, then I'm like, "OK. Well, I'm not gonna get a cut on this record unless I write something that's of equal or better caliber. " All the leaves on the giving tree have fallen No shade to crawl in Underneath I've got scars from a pocket knife where you carved Your heart into me If all you wanted was love Why would you use me up Cut me down, build a boat, and sail away When I all I wanted to be Was your giving tree Settle down, build a home, and make you happy Well, I lie in the dead of night and I wonder Whose covers you're between And it's sad layin' in his bed You feel hollow So you crawl home Back to me If all you wanted was love Why would you use me up Cut me down, build a boat, and sail away When all I wanted to be Was your giving tree Settle down, build a home, and make you happy Well, I see a trail that starts A line of broken hearts behind you That leads you back to me The once sad and lonely fool With nothing left but roots to show If all you wanted was love Why would you use me up Cut me down, build a boat, and sail away When all I wanted to be Was your giving tree Settle down, build a home, and make you happy Settle down, build a home, and make you happy on the EP that, man, I think I, it's not like I was at a low place when I wrote that song, but I definitely experienced something that really brought me back to a place where I was feeling really decimated. And, you know, I was in a relationship where, you know, I felt like, you know, if you know the book and you know the story, it's about one person being the giver constantly and one person always being used. And I think that it struck me as a really solid metaphor for the relationship I had been in. works, is that the tree is happy, you know. thing to draw from that book is that, you know, one person gives so selflessly and is always pleased to make the other person happy until the very, very end when there is absolutely nothing left. And then it says, you know, "And the tree was happy, " but not really. - I think somehow we've, you know, by writing songs that are so personal to us, I feel like a lot of people go through the same things in life, of course. So they hear our story and they relate it to their own lives and they connect to it. And I don't know, I wish there was a formula that we knew how to do it every time, you know. It's just sometimes you write a song that hits people. Hey there, Delilah What's it like in New York City I'm a thousand miles away But girl tonight you look so pretty Yes you do Time Square can't shine as bright as you I swear it's true Hey there, Delilah Don't you worry about the distance I'm right there if you get lonely Give this song another listen And close your eyes Listen to my voice It's my disguise I'm by your side Oh, it's what you do to me Oh, it's what you do to me Oh, it's what you do to me Oh, it's what you do to me What you do to me Hey there, Delilah I know times are gettin' harder Just believe me girl Someday I'll pay my bills with this guitar We'll have it good We'll have the life we knew we would My word is good Hey there, Delilah I've got so much left to say If every simple song I wrote to you Would take your breath away I'd write it all Even more in love with me, you'd fall We'd have it all Oh, it's what you do to me Oh, it's what you do to me Oh, it's what you do to me Oh, it's what you do to me A thousand miles seem pretty far But they got planes, and trains, and cars I'd walk to you if I had no other way Our friends will all make fun of us But we'll just laugh along because We know that none of them have felt this way Delilah, I can promise you By the time we get through The world will never, ever be the same And you're to blame Hey there, Delilah You be good Don't you miss me Two more years and you'll be done with school I'll be makin' history like I do And you'll know it's all because of you We can do whatever we want to Hey there, Delilah, here's to you This one's for you Oh, it's what you do to me Oh, it's what you do to me Oh, it's what you do to me Oh, it's what you do to me What you do to me - Well, my relationship with the song "Hey There Delilah" is pretty similar to my real relationship with Delilah. Hasn't changed much. Still never got the girl. And I still love the song. I think it's great. I still love playin' it, especially live, you know, playin' that song, it's obviously a crowd favorite. So getting to feel that vibe in the room of the crowd loving it, singing along, I mean, you can't beat that. So I still love that song. And the girl, you know, it's the one that got away, or ran away, I should say, 'cause she's a Olympic hopeful steeplechase runner. Yeah. So she's good at runnin'. - That's why you'll never catch her, man. - I know. - "Rhythm of Love, " yeah, was a single off our last record. - That was one, like Tim was sayin', when he turned that in, I was like, "Aw, man. He did it. " - Rats. - Yep. - Yeah. I mean, similar to "Delilah", that was a song written to impress a girl and let her know. You know, I feel like, you know, I grew up writing poems and stuff for girls before I could figure out how to play the guitar. And, you know, you spend enough time to craft a song and you think, you know, "This is the best way for me to tell you how I feel about you. " And that way, you don't just bumble through your lines when you're in front of them. And in a similar fashion to "Delilah, " I played it for her and she was like, "I love it, " and that was it. back to her boyfriend. My head is stuck in the clouds She begs me to come down Says "Boy, quit foolin' around" I told her I love the view from up here Warm sun and wind in my ear We'll watch the world from above As it turns to the rhythm of love We may only have tonight But 'til the morning sun your mine All mine Play the music low And sway to the rhythm of love Well, my heart beats like a drum A guitar stringed to the strum A beautiful song to be sung Well she's got blue eyes, deep like the sea That roll back when she's laughin' at me She rises up like the tide The moment her lips meet mine We may only have tonight But 'til the morning sun you're mine All mine Play the music low And sway to the rhythm of love And when the moon is low We can dance in slow motion And all your tears will subside All your tears will dry And long after I've gone You'll still be hummin' along And I will keep you in my mind The way you make love so fine We may only have tonight But 'til the morning sun you're mine All mine Play the music low And sway to the rhythm of love Play the music low And sway to the rhythm of love Yeah, sway to the rhythm of love - I mean, you write the song for yourself and then, you know, you pass it on and you really hope that the general public just loves it as much as you did when you wrote it down. So... - Yeah. I mean, the goal is always to connect. You know, in any art, whether it's you make a movie or a painting, you have something to say and you hope that people enjoy that and can feel something from it. And it's the same thing with the songs that we write. So we just always hope that what we put out, you know, means something to people. It's the coolest thing when we hear somebody say, "Oh, we used your song at our wedding, " or, you know, things like that. Like, wow, people are, their most special day of their lives, they're choosing to put our songs as the soundtrack to that. You know, I mean, that's success. That's actually meaning something to people.
Plain White T's (read as "plain white tees") is an American pop punk band from Chicago, Illinois. Formed in 1997 by high school friends Tom Higgenson, Dave Tirio, and Ken Fletcher, the group had a mostly underground following in Chicago basements, clubs, and bars in its early years, and underwent numerous personnel changes.
The band is best known for the number-one hit song "Hey There Delilah", which achieved platinum status in 2007 and earned two Grammy nominations, as well as "1, 2, 3, 4" and "Rhythm of Love", which were certified platinum in 2009 and 2011, respectively.
The Plain White T's formed in Lombard, IL in the fall of 1997. The group began as a trio, with Higgenson as singer and guitarist, Fletcher on bass and Tirio on drums. They played mostly local punk shows around Chicago's suburbs, eventually landing gigs at the famed Metro in Chicago's Wrigleyville neighborhood. As the band began to establish itself in the local scene, they recruited a fourth member, Steve Mast, who joined playing lead guitar and singing backup vocals.
Higgenson suffered a car crash in 1999, breaking several vertebrae in the accident, while driving the band's van. He was in a back brace for three months and had to learn to walk again. Higgenson changed his song-writing process, choosing songs that meant more to him than he previously had, and the band began taking their music career more seriously.
In 2001 the band self-financed the recording of Stop, a full-length album that drew the attention of Fearless Records in 2002. After signing to Fearless the band took to the road in their van in support of Stop, and would spend much of the next four years touring the US and Canada. In 2003 Ken Fletcher and Steve Mast left the band and the band recruited three new members. The new members were bassist/vocalist Mike Retondo (formerly lead singer/guitarist of Tone Deaf George), drummer De'Mar Hamilton (formerly of Knockout), and guitarist/vocalist Tim Lopez (formerly of Brightlife). Higgenson began to focus mostly on vocals and Tirio moved from drums to guitar. The 2005 release All That We Needed was the first studio effort from the reformed lineup.
Hey There Delilah was first released on their third album All That We Needed in 2005. They recorded Every Second Counts that year, on which Hey There Delilah was added in order to allow it a chance on mainstream radio. Delilah would go on to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and hold the spot for two weeks. The song was written for track star Delilah DiCrescenzo, whom Higgenson had met in 2002. The song earned two Grammy nominations, and Every Second Counts was certified Gold. In early 2006, the band teamed with Motion City Soundtrack for a Winter/Spring tour.
In 2008, they released the album Big Bad World. The album had two hit singles: "1, 2, 3, 4" and "Natural Disaster". Both were on the AT40 at numbers 1 and 2 for three consecutive weeks. By late 2008, the band had joined the Rock Band Live tour with Panic! at the Disco, Dashboard Confessional and The Cab. Later that year, the band played at the Give It a Name festival in the UK. In 2007, they performed the single Our Time Now on an episode of the Nickelodeon television series, iCarly. Our Time Now was also the theme song on the ABC Family dramedy series Greek.
The band's single Rhythm of Love was the first to be released from their 2010 album The Wonders of the Younger. The song reached number five on the Hot AC chart, and was in the top ten in 2010 as well. In 2012, the band also covered The Ramones' "Pet Sematary" for the song soundtrack of the 2012 Tim Burton film Frankenweenie.
The band's new EP, released on April 9th, features 4 songs: Should've Gone To Bed, The Giving Tree, Helium, and Haven't Told Her.