Crown The Empire's debut album The Fallout has a post-apocalyptic theme, which began as a metaphor for a failed relationship. Vocalist Andy Leo explained that the idea came about after a band member broke up with a girlfriend, later realizing the full impact of his decision. The split was transformed into a global doomsday-inducing event. "Her friends kept saying, 'You ended her world,'" Leo recalled. "I was sitting around with Brandon (Hoover, guitarist), telling him about it, and we decided, what if it did actually end the world with that breakup?"
"From there, we started building this idea of the end of the world, and built a setting for it around this theme of being alone and faced against people," he continued. "It all spawned out of a break-up, but it turned into this huge, massive world."