Gillespie and Beth sparked this collaboration in 2015 when both appeared at Suicide's farewell UK show at London's Barbican. The Savages frontwoman joined Primal Scream to sing Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra's "Some Velvet Morning
" at The Downs festival in Bristol in 2016, after which there were two exploratory five-day sessions in Paris the following year.
Gillespie told Mojo
that as soon as they started collaborating, he sent Beth songs like Luther Ingram's "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right
" and George Jones and Tammy Wynette's "We're Gonna Hold On." He told her, "I want to make music with this level of intensity - grown-up songs, about adult struggle. I didn't want it to be just a boy-girl romantic breakup record. It had to be people who had a house, kids, a history - people with something to lose."