Barker-Liles told The Boot
why the duo chose this as the album's lead single. "We really wanted to put something out there that represented us vocally and showcased that we can sing... We wanted to put out a song with depth, a song that really means something, a song that would touch someone in a personal place," he said.
"You know, I fell in love with country music because of songs that meant something, so for me, that song, it's got a lot of depth to it, and it meant something that we wanted to show, that side of us other than the party," Barker-Liles continued. "Life's not always like that, and the thing about the song is that it tells the struggle of someone; it shows the struggle of an addiction, being addicted - and it doesn't have to be alcohol, but people that are addicted, they really don't care about anything other than what their addiction is."
"Even [the person in] 'Whiskey on My Breath' never really evolves," he added. "The only thing he really cares about - he doesn't care that he, you know, lost his friends and his family and everything else; the only thing he cares about is, 'Alright, well, when I do die, as long as I make it to heaven, I'm good.' I think it really shows you how dark [things can be for] someone with an addiction, how dark it really is, and the guy's kind of in denial. And I think it shows how deep an alcoholic can really be, but he also still has that hope, and the only hope he has left is in Jesus, which also shows a positive side of it. So we wanted to come with that... and I think it's good timing to have that song out there, and I hope it has that impact on a lot of people."