The second single from True Sadness is a spirited romp, but it wasn't always that way. Seth Avett explained: "'Satan Pulls the Strings' started as a quiet and calm depression-era banjo song, and somehow in the studio it blossomed into a genre that I don't even have a name for…the frenzied yet mechanical energy of it is a first for the band."
The song was first played by The Avett Brothers at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado on July 11, 2014.
The Avett Brothers created the unique sounding song with True Sadness producer Rick Rubin. "I'm happy to make records to reflect what's done live," Rubin explained. "But to widen the palette of what's possible might lead to different kinds of songwriting in the future, and just keep the creative process exciting for the band."