The album is their first proper studio album since 2010's This Addiction . In the intervening year, the group recorded a series of alternate versions of classic songs and released them as Damnesia .
In addition, members pursued solo releases as well. Skiba released Babylon under the name Matt Skiba and the Sekrets while Dan Andriano released a full length - Hurricane Season - and two 7-inches - Of Peace, Quiet, and Monsters and European Vacation. Drummer Derek Grant also teamed up with Joe Principe (Rise Against), Vic Bondi (Articles of Faith), and Jeff Dean (The Bomb, Noise By Numbers) to form Dead Ending. They released Dead Ending.