Frontman John Cooper wrote this tongue-in-cheek track after the release of Rise, when people were predicting the demise of the band due to the decline in the general popularity of rock music. "I started getting really annoyed about people saying, 'Oh, rock is dead, and nobody is going to like this.' Some people were hammering on Skillet, saying, 'Oh, they're over," he recalled.
Cooper added that Skillet was treated "a little badly by some of the people that we've always been faithful to and had good relationships with in the industry," so he penned the track as "a little bit of a 'shut up' to everybody. It became my fight song, and it really didn't have a deep meaning. It felt a little rebellious in the right ways."
Cooper told Billboard
magazine that Motley Crue's "Kickstart My Heart
" was an inspiration for the track. The Skillet frontman added that he even used a similar drum beat during the song's first verse as "kind of an homage to them. It's just a fun song with no really deep message or meaning."
Speaking to Q103's Candace, John Cooper expanded on the background to the song: "I was talking to a promoter of a concert," he said. "And this promoter kept… He was just [going] on and on about this new alternative band and the way music is going. And he was, like, 'You really need to… You can add some things to your set that would be more like this band.'"
So finally I said… I'd never heard of the band, which is not a good sign," Cooper continued. "And I said, 'Well, how many seats did you sell?' And he goes, 'Well, we sold out.' And I said, 'Okay. How big was the venue?' And he [goes], 'It only held four hundred.' We had two thousand people at the show [we were playing]. And I was, like, 'Maybe they need to do things like me. Shut up.' So I wrote a song about it called 'Back From The Dead', and it's a little bit of a 'screw you' to everybody that's saying [rock is dead]."
The song soundtracks a trailer for Marvel Comic's Monsters Unleashed! comic book series, which is styled as an emergency news broadcast reporting on the Leviathon invasion. "Marvel has been one of the defining things in my life ever since I was 4 years old when Spider-Man became my hero," Cooper told Billboard magazine. "A world where even a nobody like Peter Parker can become someone, stand up for what is right and no matter how evil the world becomes, you know that good will overcome. Being involved with Marvel is truly one of the best moments of Skillet's career."
The Roland Bingaman-directed clip tells the story of the band escaping from a testing facility and being chased by hordes of zombies. Cooper said:
"It was the biggest video [we've done]; we had about fifty cast members for the video, so it was quite fun. It's got a really dirty feel to it. It's very post-apocalyptic, Mad Max-ish, Blade Runner… that kind of vibe."