Singled Out: A Million Pieces Share The Story Behind 'Take It Or Leave It'
On the surface, the song "Take It Or Leave It" is a breakup song. Someone did you wrong and you're moving on. Not only moving on, but fantasizing about all the things you'll do once that person is out of your life and how good it will feel to see that person regret how they treated you. It's that desire to watch someone beg to have you back. ("Now I'll watch you come apart at the seams. To see you weak and cold is medication to me.")
In actuality, this song came out of our frustration with the music industry. We had taken bad advice and experienced some broken promises. Our band was being micromanaged in a way we didn't care for, trying desperately to make us something we aren't, and the first lyric of the song sprang from that.("Do you really know what you wanted, do you really know what you need?")
This song was built on the bass line. Like many of our songs, this was a true collaboration. Our guitarist Peter wrote the bass hook, and our bassist Brad came in and wrote what became the verse and chorus melodies. Brad also had the lyric "Take It Or Leave It" as sort of a place holder, but I ran with it and made it the crux of the whole song. I flushed out the melody and finished the lyrics with our drummer Lucas who contributed heavily to the chorus.
The megaphone effect on the vocals at the top is to represent feeling stifled and contained, and the following swell is the song, and metaphorically our band, breaking out of that bubble. Our producer on this song, Brad Nyght, brought in a lot of interesting and unexpected elements, from the siren wails at the top of the song, to the finger cymbals and congas. A big part of our sound and style is mixing live instruments with digital programming to connect the worlds of rock and roll and EDM to create our own signature "dance rock" sound, take it or leave it.