"We were driving overnight from somewhere in the southwest and I was freaking out like I wouldn't be able to get enough sleep," frontwoman Mariel Loveland tells Billboard. "I turn to my friend and he's just like, 'Mariel, what exactly is worrying about being tired doing for you? Will being tired change your life? Look at what you're missing as you complain. The sun is rising right now over the desert and you've never seen that before. You're here with your friends and you get to watch it, so just look. Be here, be present, just look and don't worry about things that don't matter.'"
What she's getting at is that sometimes a much-needed wake-up call falls right into your lap, as long as you're open to it: "It's about that one, unexpected person you meet who sort of slaps you in the head and says, 'Hey, why are you doing this to yourself. Stop hiding from life and let it happen.'"
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Aside from "In and Out," the EP also features a new song called "I Want to Hate You" and acoustic takes on the All the Ways You Let Me Down tracks "Brooklyn Bridge," "Top of Our Lungs" and "Something's Missing."
"This is how the songs sound to me when I play them for the very first time in my bedroom, before we add the loud drums and distorted guitars," Loveland says. "I think there's a certain magic in the rawness of just a singer and a guitar and that's what we tried to mimic in this EP. We wanted to make it sound like you could be in the bedroom next us, hearing us play these songs for the first time."
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