"Drive By" was the first single from Train's sixth studio album, California 37
. Their previous album, Save Me San Francisco
in 2009, came after some down years that were tough both professionally and personally, especially for Monahan, who went through a divorce around 2005. To get their mojo back, they brought in hit songwriters and top producers, resulting in the inescapable hit "Hey Soul Sister
." That one was a collaboration with Espionage, the Norwegian songwriting and production duo of Espen Lind and Amund Bjorklund. This same team worked on "Drive By," producing the song and co-writing it with Monahan.