Vocalist Chad Gray
explained to Artist Direct
how he writes the lyrics: "I always write with music. I'll have ideas. I'll get thoughts and concepts and start building on them, but when I actually sit down to write the lyrics outside of an idea or spot that I want to end up, I always do that with music, either in the writing studio or recording studio—whichever we are in. I wrote probably five songs for The New Game
while recording. For Lost and Found
. though, I had the whole record done before we even went into the recording studio. That was great. It was probably the most comfortable record I ever wrote because I already had everything written out. Little parts change. Greg (Tribbett, guitarist) basically sits by the machine and tracks the vocals as I write them. I sit and write. Because I kind of know where I'm going, we'll just go for it. That's how the lyrics come about. As melody comes in my head, lyrics generally come with it. It's a matter of tapping into something. You're tapping into a really cool energy—that is the music. I'm sitting right there, and I'm ready to do my part. The music filters through my head, and I hear melodies. From melodies, I get literal, lyrical ideas. I might have an idea, but I actually start penning the lyrics right there as I'm listening to the music. It gives me a little hand, and I follow it wherever it's taking me. Obviously, more aggressive music tends to lead to a more aggressive style of lyrics. More mellow music leads to darker lyrics."