Anthony Raneri both sings and plays rhythm guitar for Bayside. He also pens the majority of the band's lyrics, "(Pop)Ular Science" included. Raneri has described the song as possibly his favorite of anything he's ever written. For Raneri, the lyrics always come first. Writing songs for him is an almost stream-of-consciousness process, something like a journal entry. By the time he has the lyrics written, he usually has some sense of the melody.
As the song is coming together, the meaning of the words is known only to Raneri. Bayside guitarist Jack O'Shea
told us: "We don't really discuss what each song is about at all, really. It's just meant to be what it is for the listener."