Ahead of the five-year anniversary of her hit album EMOTION, Carly Rae Jepsen released a video for her new song titled “Me and the Boys in the Band.” While the song celebrates being a touring musician, the video shows Jepsen and her band in isolation, filming clips of themselves passing time.
“On the road. That was the life.” Writes Jepsen in a press statement accompanying the video. “I miss travel and performing and my bandmates who over the years have become my adopted brothers. Through romantic relationships good and bad I have always found myself again in the late-night conversations with my band. Here’s to all the shows we have played and have yet to play. The late-night dancers we turn into on the long bus drives and the tourists we become in the early mornings. Here’s to nostalgia city and keeping close the ones that know you best. Can’t wait for more. Till then a from home “pick me up” song from all of us to you.”
She gave a shout-out as well to Jack Antonoff, who produced her 2018 album Dedicated, for “making this jam come together from a distance.” Antonoff also recently came off of producing several songs on Taylor Swift’s folklore and The Chick’s (F.K.A. The Dixie Chicks) album Gaslighter, and is known for his time with the band Fun. and his solo project Bleachers. Jepsen also thanked keyboardist Jared Manierka, drummer Nik Pesut, and composer Tavis Crowe, the latter of which helped write her breakthrough single “Call Me Maybe.”
Along with dropping the new single, Jepsen also announced she’d be hosting a virtual karaoke party to celebrate the fifth anniversary of her album EMOTION. Jepsen asked her fans to send in videos of themselves singing and dancing to their favorite song off of EMOTION, and will be playing them on her YouTube channel on August 27th at 6:00 pm EST.
Check out limited edition EMOTION anniversary merch and reissues here.