Many of the songs on 11 Short Stories
deal with local Boston issues, with three of them being specifically about the opioid epidemic in New England. The band's Matt Kelly
explained to HMV.com
"We all have friends or family who have been touched by the horrors of addiction, some of us closer to home than others. The songs 'Rebels With A Cause', 'Paying My Way', and 'You'll Never Walk Alone
' are all different facets of that problem, whether they're themes of kids stuck in the rut of addiction who might surprise you with their strength to climb out of that rut, the guy who is taking it day by day and putting one foot in front of the other to keep his act together, or the fact that you don't have to go it alone and don't be afraid to ask for help because you have people who want you to succeed."