Despite its rollicking tunes the album's lyrics have darker tones, touching on disillusionment and loss. "We're trying to say more than 'Let's have a good time and party.' Not trying to preach some sort of political message or whatever, but we did years of touring where it was like 'Oh, let's all go crazy and talk about nothing' and I just can't do that every night. I always liked that in records, where there's opposing forces. People talk about the Beach Boys, these beautiful melodies, and you dig a little deeper and it's like, 'Wait, this is actually depressing.' The record had a darkness to it, but it's not 'I want to kill myself.'"
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