Described by Michaels as “a modern-day throwback to a feel-good road trip anthem,” the tune harks back to a time when music fans would scan the radio, searching for their favorite song.
You can hear the nostalgic new track below.
Ironically, the tune came to Michaels while he was working with a bit of modern technology.
“I do this crazy TikTok thing, and I show people how I write music,” he explained during an interview with radio station KSHE 95. “I’m laying a beat, I’m playing the guitar. And I’m like, [sings] ‘Back in the day, radio played our favorite songs the DJs say. And crank it up.’ And it all hit me, and the song just fell together. It’s just a good-vibe song.”
Those lyrics would make up part of the chorus to “Back in the Day,” Michaels’ first new single since 2019’s “Unbroken.” An accompanying music video, which will debut on Wednesday afternoon, is designed to evoke further nostalgia.
“The video reflects the feel of early MTV videos with green screen, pop-up captions and never-before-seen photos and original Hi-8 images of my youth,” Michael explained in a press release. “It is a song that truly reflects on great times and pays homage to the radio stations and DJs that cranked up the music while bringing us great songs that have withstood the test of time, songs that all my friends and I would sing along to then and now.”
“Music is a universal language meant to unite us, not divide us, and that is exactly what this song is about,” the rocker continued. “It’s also a hell of a lot of fun to sing along to, as is the video to watch as it weaves a story of my life and the music that rocked it!”
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