AJR is a New York City-based band comprising brothers Adam, Jack, and Ryan Metzger (hence their name). The trio write, produce, and mix their own material in the living room of their Chelsea apartment.
Ryan wrote this song in his Columbia dorm room during October 2012's Hurricane Sandy. A few months later he tweeted a link to a video of the tune to a number of celebrities. One of them was Australian singer Sia Furler. who told her manager about the track, and he contacted CEO and Founder of S-Curve Records Steve Greenberg, who'd previously worked his magic on two other sibling musical acts Hanson and Jonas Brothers. Greenberg liked what he heard and became AJR's co-manager.
The song samples SpongeBob SquarePants repeatedly singing "I'm ready" from the eponymous animated series' premiere episode.