"I think getting away from Fuel for awhile was really good for me and my songwriting," Scallions says. "I told those guys, 'Hey, if you think you can do this without me, I give you my blessing.' I'm not going to wish ill will on anybody. Unfortunately for them it's not easy for any band to go out and succeed without the original singer. So now I feel like it's my turn to have the freedom of going out and making a record and calling it Fuel and being able to control the destiny of what we do."
Scallions feels confident that "Puppet Strings," produced by Eddie Wohl and moving Fuel from Epic to MegaForce Records, boasts "a number of songs that are a departure of what Fuel has been thought of as being. There's more blues-based songs on here than in the past. There's a little bit of punk rock and stuff in there as well. I find that refreshing because there are elements that weren't so apparent in previous Fuel records that are part of my musical makeup. I just feel like only the bands that are capable of re-inventing themselves are capable of surviving."