Speaking with WhiteTapes
, O'Brien said he prefers writing pleasing pop songs to tunes with a message. He explained: "I think if you focus on trying to give a message, then it'll be almost the opposite of what it was. Writing should be a free thing. It shouldn't be just a political statement or an opinion, it should be a mixture of lots of different things. I should try to cut between opinion and emotion, it should be something separate from all these divisions. What I'm really trying to do is make something beautiful. I don't want to change someone's opinion, I'm not into that. And 'Passing A Message' is really about DNA, like passing a message on to each other from the beginning of evolution. There's no real message in that, it just happens."