Suicide Squad’s Jared Leto has been method acting as a rockstar for 20 years now, a fact that makes me feel both older and dumber than I did yesterday. (He sings in a band called Thirty Seconds to Mars, in case you’ve lived your life up until this point without that knowledge—I envy you.) His latest stunt to get into character is releasing his band’s Halsey-featuring fifth studio album, America, on April 6. But first, check out Thirty Seconds to Mars’ attempt at a rap-rock revival, a new track with A$AP Rocky, above.
Except...maybe it’s not rap-rock? “One Track Mind” is the sort of woozy, genre-proof, EDM-adjacent attempt at hit-making so many of the biggest bands in rock have chased this decade (you know, the work of Imagine Dragons, Twenty One Pilots, and my parents, Coldplay).
And look at these lines from the chorus, intended to justify Leto’s entire existence: “I have a one track mind / There is a method to the madness, to the madness / Gotta have a one track mind, ooh.” It’s a sleepy song, the same kind of amorphous atmospherics that A$AP went for on his second major label album, 2015's At.Long.Last.A$AP, when he could’ve—and probably should’ve—opted for bangers instead.
Despite existing as Leto’s primary source of income and being incomprehensibly popular, Thirty Seconds to Mars haven’t really had the crossover success of kindred spirits like One Republic, Fall Out Boy, and Maroon 5 in recent years, those omnipresent, ever-warping bands who’ve gone full-on pop to stay on the grocery store speakers. (30STM’s last Hot 100 hit, “Closer to the Edge,” charted in 2011.)
Maybe this will finally do the trick? Don’t hold your breath.