Front man, Ed Sloan, told Noisecreep
how he struggled to get himself together after Crossfade were dropped by Columbia Records: "I remember the day the tour bus drove away and I was just sitting there and thinking to myself, 'I don't even have a place to live.' I mean, I had my studio and my cat, but that was it [laughs]. I had to get my life together and that was really hard for me to do." During this time, Sloan told Songfacts
how he slipped into a depression and stopped writing music altogether: "I didn't know what we were going to do. So for like a year I didn't use music as my outlet. I just kind of stayed by myself and loathed my own misery. And that was the only year of my life that I've never written any music or listened to any music. I turned into something that I never knew I had the capacity to become." Sloan told Al.com
that it was Crossfade's guitarist, Les Hall, who pulled him out of his depression: "Les came in, took me by the bootstraps and helped me to step forward. After a year of me self-medicating, he just said, 'We're going to write about this and make a third album,' which forced some of these songs that talk about the dark side of life."