The Downtown Fiction are an indie pop/rock three-piece from Fairfax, Virginia, who formed in the summer of 2008. The band comprises vocalist and guitarist Cameron Leahy, drummer Eric Jones and bassist David Pavluk. After a year of touring, they signed with independent New York label Photo Finish Records. This bitter-angst filled track is the first single from Downtown Fiction's debut studio album, Let's Be Animals, which was released on April 26, 2011.
Leahy told Alternative Addiction that he penned the song after a bitter ending of a relationship in the summer of 2010 following the band's tour with The Summer Set. "When I wrote that song I had just gone through a break-up so I had some inspiration," he explained. "It wasn't really even a song I was writing for the record. I just felt like it had to be written."
The origins of this track lie in a love song about the same person prior to Downtown Fiction leaving for tour. "I had written kind of the bones of the track before we left for tour, and that was prior to the break up," explained Leahy. "The lyric in the song was actually, 'the sun don't shine when you are not around,' and then after we got back from the tour [and had the break-up] I changed some of the lyrics around and added 'thanks for nothing' on the end of it. It's sort of funny how the song completely did a 180 as far as what it meant."