As we get older, we often lose touch with our friends as our paths diverge, but it's all part of growing up. Rise Against lead singer Tim McIlrath ended up going to college, joining the band, and adopting a straight-edge lifestyle.
"'Audience Of One' is that coming-of-age tale where you are growing up and the friends in the community you grew up with, everyone is going their separate ways," he said in a Songfacts interview
. "The experiences of our youth were starting to come to an expiration date. Everybody was transitioning to adulthood. 'Audience Of One' is about that moment of your life that I think a lot of people experience."