Following the breakup of the Massachusetts pop-rock band A Rocket To The Moon in 2013, their frontman Nick Santino went solo. He released four solo EPs and a full-length album, Big Skies, then in August 2015 The Maine invited him to open for their Free For All 2015 Tour. Santino christened the band he formed Beach Weather, and they released an EP, What a Drag. Beach Weather recorded "Sex, Drugs, Etc." for their sophomore EP, Chit Chat.
The song is an antisocial anthem for people who prefer the quiet life to the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle.
Late night telephone
Calling all the wallflowers I know
Out the dark and into the light
A "wallflower" is a person who sits by the wall during a dance. Because of shyness, they prefer to stay by the side and blend in with the scenery. Here, Santino is inviting his fellow wallflowers to hang out with him. Rather than indulging in "Sex, Drugs, Etc," they will stick to a "low key vibe."
Beach Weather wrote the song in a friend's shed in Phoenix. It "felt a bit secluded from the world both emotionally and physically," the band's Sean Silverman told Apple Music. "We love taking melancholic themes and pairing them with swirling choruses - something you can sing along to but then realize there's this darker personal undercurrent happening."
Six years after Beach Weather dropped the song, it found new life on social media. The fresh interest in "Sex, Drugs, Etc" caused it to enter the charts in a number of countries.