The majority of the band’s songs over the past four years have had an underlying theme of despair to them. Van Vleet struggles to pinpoint why he so frequently pens these anguished tales.
“I don’t have an answer myself for that, I’ve thought about it before,” he says. “The only thing I can really think of is that I tend to write the second after I wake up. That’s what I do, I’m a morning writer; the night time is too distracting for me. I have to write really early in the morning — stay up through the night or wake up right away. Maybe there’s a darkness there that still hovers around after sleep or something like that, but I really don’t know. Because outside of music, I don’t really consider myself a dark person. Somewhere in the music, I guess that’s born, and I still haven’t figured it out.”"