Frontman Judah Akers told Radio.com
how the song originated from their banjo player, Nate Zuercher.
"We were rehearsing for our first-ever headlining tour off of our first record called Kids These Days
, and we were in this shed—it's like this trailer that we used to rent out and rehearse in—it looks like what you'd imagine a high school band in a garage would play in… really loud, kind of obnoxious. We were playing through a song and all of a sudden Nate, our banjo player, starts playing this banjo line on top of this other song we were rehearsing for the tour and I was like, 'Wait, wait, wait! Stop. What is that?' It was one of those moments where I thought the banjo line was kind of catchy and special so we literally stopped and got our drummer who started playing a hip hop beat to this banjo line.
And, I think I'd written the song in like three minutes after that. It was one of those songs that come together quick and as a songwriter—one of those songs that you almost get mad at because they come so easy—because all the other ones don't.
So, we were playing 'Take It All Back' a year-and-a-half before it even came out. So a lot of our fans were already kind of asking for it and were a little mad: 'Why isn't this song out? I love this song and I can't find it anywhere!'"