Regarding how he writes songs, Preiss explains: "I write all of my lyrics first. I know that is backwards from how most songs are written, but it works for me. It worked really well with the first few that I wrote in particular because I had this mental block that prevented me from writing songs. At the time, I thought of myself as less of a musician, and more of just a drummer. But once I started learning to play guitar at work, I began to realize that songwriting was not an unattainable task. I worked at a music shop in this dead plaza, and I had a lot of time on my hands, to say the least! So I started messing around with different guitars, and began to piece together a few parts of songs.
After I wrote the lyrics for the songs, I took what I had on paper and a few ideas in my head to Josh. He and I took whatever I had and filled in the holes. Sometimes, I only had lyrics and an idea for the tempo or feel of the part. For other songs, I would have it mostly completed when I brought it to him. Then we would lay down the music with midi drums, and play the guitar parts that he would embellish quite a bit, and that gave us the foundation for the songs. After that, I had to try and sing the parts for Rob, who sang them much, much better!" (get more at evacuatechicago.com