In an interview with Jam! Music, Gontier discussed how he and the rest of the band have experienced a series of personal tragedies, illnesses and challenges throughout their career. "All of us have dealt with diseases in our family and people getting cancer and people passing away," said the frontman. "A couple of us are going through that right now. We know everybody has problems and battles in life, but it seems like ever since we signed a record deal and hit the road, we've been dealing with those things."
If there is any upside to these crises, it's that they've given the band plenty of inspiration.
"You get in the studio, and it's a chance to write and get out a lot of feelings and emotions," Gontier explained. "And we had a lot to work with this time. We were all feeling pretty emotional and going through our own things. All that stuff - the personal issues and the family issues - it all comes out on this record."
However, the record is not all or doom or gloom. This track, for instance, is about rejecting negative influences.
"I felt like I wanted it to be a bit more hopeful," Gontier said. "The songs still came from a pretty dark place of confronting things. But I think there's definitely hope on this record. For us, it just comes down to playing the hand that you've been dealt. That's kind of what Life Starts Now is all about, really - dealing with reality."