I had a long distance relationship going while we were writing the album so a lot of it is about that constant struggle— you look up at the moon and wonder if that person is looking at it too. I was trying to write love songs that weren’t sappy Ben Affleck movie songs, but kind of a … man’s love songs
When we started, we were from the South and we looked the part. Plus there was sex and violence on our first album. People immediately attached themselves to it, especially outside of America, because they see the South as a mythical place.
You know, when I was 14, a kid from our community said to me: ‘Everyone’s talking about you, Caleb. They say you’re the chosen one.’ That quote always made me so nervous, that I seriously started to think about my future. I changed a lot during that time.