told Canadian radio station The Edge that the song "was inspired by some very odd encounters he had after work." He explained: "When I'd drive home, like at the end of the night, I'd see all these like native animals that I'd never seen in my entire life. Like, I was driving along and in the middle of the road was this four-foot-high koala. And I've never seen a koala! Another night I saw an animal with spikes all over it. So it was kind of bizarre, like, around the time of 'New Moon Rising,' I saw a lot of, like, wildlife that people even in that town said they'd never seen their whole life."