Why Don’t We listen to a new album?

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Katlyn Roberts

A photo by Katlyn at a Why Don’t We concert in 2019.

To start off the year, American boyband “Why Don’t We” have released their second album. Why Don’t We is a band created by five friends in Sept. 2016. They slowly began releasing EPs along with their first album in 2018. However, in 2021 they began working with a whole new look. “The Good Times and The Bad Ones” was released Jan. 15, 2021. This album was released after a 10 month hiatus the band went on for the year of 2020. This 10 song album was a brand new sound for the band as they played their own instruments, and wrote and produced the whole thing themselves. Singer Daniel Seavey, one-fifth of the band, made his own studio over the 2020 year. This space helped him produce the entire album himself. Songwriting was another skill he conquered along with the other bandmates, Jonah Marais, Corbyn Besson, Zach Herron and Jack Avery. The band completely changed their look and sound for this second album, and fans are loving it! Before the album was dropped, the band released three singles that were featured on the album. The first single, “Fallin’ (Adrenaline)” was a shock to the whole world as the single completely changed the direction of the band. The ten track album is a phenomenal listen. Every song tells a story and shows the heartfeltness in each one. For example, “Be Myself” is a song written by Seavey about Avery’s anxiety. This song is a tearjerker as it speaks about the problems that Avery has gone through. There are some more pumped up songs though, including my favorite “For You” and “I’ll Be Okay” that are songs that feel like they’d be on the radio. Every song on the album is good and there are no skips! The album sold 38,000 copies in the US its first week. This was the band’s first Billboard Number One. It also reached the top of the iTunes chart the night it was released. “This album means everything to me. So much life wrapped up in this album..” said Seavey. As an active member of WDW’s fanbase, I could tell how much this album meant to the band and how important this was to everyone. Corbyn Besson, another member of the band, said the title of the album is to represent the good times in their lives, along with their bad moments. “We’ve waited for this moment since we started Why Don’t We,” he said on Twitter. They have done performances on The Late Late Show, Good Morning America, and The Kelly Clarkson Show to promote the album. Promotion during COVID-19 is a strange thing, but the band has pulled through and made it work. If you’re looking for a new listen, whether it be the whole band or just the album, Why Don’t We “The Good Times And The Bad Ones” is a great one. This album has touched countless people and is continuing to do so. The band deserves all of the support given on this album. The band is hoping to release even more music within the next six months and hopefully tour as soon as possible! The album is available for streaming on Apple Music, Spotify, and Youtube. Physical copies are also sold at Target or their own website, whydontwemusic.com.