The Motivation

Album: This Means War (2011)

Songfacts®:

  • This is the first single from Ohio Metalcore band Attack Attack!'s third album This Means War. It was released to buy on December 20, 2011.
  • This Means War is a concept album that tells the tale of a soldier in the trenches of battle. Drummer Andrew Wetzel explained the storyline to Noisecreep: "In the story, we've created another universe where the band members are soldiers and we've gone off to fight in a war. We then come to find out the organization that we were fighting for has somehow grown extremely unpopular, and now everyone hates us."
  • The story that runs throughout the album acts as a metaphor to what happened to Attack Attack! in the years before the release of This Means War. Wetzel told Noisecreep: "We were out being a touring band, thinking that we were going to change everything, and do all of this cool stuff. Then you come home and everyone treats you differently – like they didn't know who you were anymore. There's also that element of the four of us against the world on the album."
  • Vocalist Caleb Shomo explained to Alternative Addiction how this track fits in with the album's storyline: "In this song I talk about how I'm very desperate for things to be normal again. I'm very cashed mentally, and trying to motivate people to fight and take back what is ours, but if they don't want to, I'm committed to just doing it myself because I need to get my life back and bring the world back to peace and normality."

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