On the doo-wop-tinged climax to the album, Conor O'Brien, breaks into howling. The frontman told Mojo magazine that he penned the song immediately after his first band, The Immediate, disintegrated in 2006 leaving him, "in pieces, in the corner of the room. In an endless afternoon." But wanting to rein in the morose mood, he conceived the idea that, "a touch of theatre can really connect with people. And howling was such an incredible feeling! But it was really weird too. I recorded Pieces at 3am in a loft outhouse, and the very next morning, a pack of dogs appeared, and for the next few nights I was kinda terrified because they were all walking around the house, and I've never seen them again since."