Sloth

Album: Confessions (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • This is a track from Confessions, an album based on the seven deadly sins. Frontman Josh Todd based the album's lyrics on his childhood and transformation into adulthood and this song was inspired by his father's suicide. Speaking with Loudwire, Todd elaborated on its subject matter. "There was a point in my life when I was a youth when I lost a family member," he explained, "and I acted out in my grieving process through the deadly sins, so that's kind of what the story's about on the record. I think the seven sins are timeless and that everybody struggles with them in their daily lives all the time."
  • Speaking with Classic Rock Revisited, Todd explained how he drew on his life experience for this track: "'Sloth' is about the most slothful act that anyone can do, which is to commit suicide," he said. "That song is actually about the day my dad died. It was a very hard song for me to get through. I wanted to be honest and I thought it was time for that. I've really grown up since then and evolved and done a lot of work on myself. I was ready to tell the story and to tell the story in a cool way. There is a lot of uplifting stuff on the record, but that one tells the story of that day."
  • The album is part of a larger vision that includes a film written by Todd about his father's suicide. This song provides the cornerstone of the film. "It's loosely based on my life," Todd told Noisecreep. "When that tragic event happened in my life, with my father, I was 10. But the character in the short film is like 17 and he's in high school.
    "The movie starts with him coming home and finding his father dead and then he acts out the seven sins in the grieving process. And while he's doing that, he meets a love interest at school. She kind of is the polar opposite of him and it softens him up a little bit. By the end of the film, he learns how to forgive his father and rides off into the sunset with his girl."

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