Marsh responded to the cozy time frame with a disciplined, formalist approach, picking narratives out of the pop culture æther instead of a journal. The album kicks off with "Arrived," a sort of impossibly uplifting anthem whose plot he took from reality TV. "I knew from the cadence that it would have to be a narrative. And I knew where the consonants and vowels would have to line up and where the uplifting line needed to be. I eventually came across my content while watching this drug-addict episode of Intervention." "Would you believe he's up to week three and now he's just skin and bones?", Marsh asks in the song, gesturing to the struggling addict like a well-mannered Rod Serling who wants things to go right.
Don't Steal My Night Vision takes us through many gnarly tales of bottomed-out lives and relationships. In "Darwin's Club," belief in God is fought over as if it were an inherited gene. In "Settle Down Ghost," Marsh cheers on his depressed listeners: "Don't listen to the haunted ones/They're wrong, they're dead and wrong."
"We were kind of late bloomers," he concludes. "Most of the bands we were friends with four years ago have broken up and left, so we sometimes feel like the last band standing. I think it's helped us to start living in the moment instead of being afraid of it."
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