In 2016 Judah and the Lion frontman Judah Akers experienced both elation and tragedy. While his band's song "Take It All Back
" was climbing to #1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, his parents' marriage was falling apart. The singer poured his feelings out into the Pep Talks
"It's just sort of [Akers'] way of processing through the good and the bad and the ugly of all that," banjo player Nate Zuercher told ABC Radio. "For him, writing songs has always been his way of processing his emotions."