Speaking about "Amsterdam" on Mistajam's BBC Radio 1 show, Nothing But Thieves said:
"It was inspired by our love of direct, guttural choruses. It's like Conor is spitting the words in your face. It's visceral and has momentum but also this beautiful moment in the middle which feels like a break in a sea storm.
We didn't have all the pieces before going in to the studio and this was one of the tracks that really came alive during the recording progress. It pretty much demanded to be our first song back."