This song came together really easily. You Me At Six singer Josh Franceschi recalled to Kerrang:
"Initially I was trying to write a song that could almost fit a sync to a movie trailer or some Game of Thrones battle scene, and if you put this on while watching some GoT battle scenes hopefully you see what I mean!
For almost the first minutes there's not too much going on musically - it's largely just vocals and guitar - but when the lads kick in on the middle eight it sounds so heavy to me, almost like Black Sabbath."
"It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" was inspired by a dream where Michael Stipe conjured up images of people with the initials L.B.: Lester Bangs, Leonid Breshnev, Lenny Bruce and Leonard Bernstein.