Singled Out: A Criminal Risk
I remember being in my room after a tour we did in January of 2012. We went through a drastic change in our band and I got so fed up trying to figure out what was happening and just lost all will to care anymore. The number 331 is symbolism for March 31st of 2012 which marked the last time I ever spoke to the person I wrote it about. The song inevitably became about numerous people by this point, and the number symbolizes thousands of different things to me now. Pretty bitter song lyrically, but that's the state of mind I was in at that point in time.
It was the first song I wrote since 'The Art of Dropping Names' that just flowed out of me. It's a song about not being able to help someone who simply doesn't want it, or someone who just doesn't really know what they want in general and you eventually just have enough and give up on trying entirely. The line "It won't be much longer till we hit 331 and that's fine with me" really gave me a sense of relief and the ability to just put the bullsh*t behind me and focus on the present. We're all really excited for the release cos we know that everyone has been in a similar situation with somebody they thought they knew and can definitely relate to it. I still get the same chills screaming the choruses on stage as I did when I was in my room writing it. It's just one of those songs that puts everything in perspective for me.
At times I still think about the situations that fueled my lyrics, but quickly just get over it and continue doing what I love to do without second guessing.