Big Wreck split up after their 2001 album The Pleasure and the Greed
, with lead singer Ian Thornley forming a band called Thornley. They re-formed for the 2012 Albatross
album, which was successful in their native Canada, earning a Juno nomination for Rock Album of the Year. Regarding this song, Thornley said in his Songfacts interview
: "A lot of my own personal stuff tends to find its way into the music. And that's how I stay really, really umbilically connected to it. I have a lot of tour writing that's completely third person, like a Bruce Springsteen or like a Bob Dylan - Gordon Downie [lead singer of The Tragically Hip] even is great at that. I have a hard time writing like that. I think that's real grown up writing, and I'd like to be able to do it some day. I'm not quite there yet. So I tend to take slices of my own life and sort of embellish them. 'All Is Fair' is a direct result of that, for sure."