Discussing the album, singer Josh Kiszka explained how deep the ideas behind the lyrics went.
“It’s a lot of playing with the human experience,” he told us. “There’s a lot of beauty and wonder, there’s a lot of pain and sorrow. There’s a lot of themes of war, which touch a great deal on that sincere sort of grief. And it’s sort of amazing that [war] really has been a prevalent theme since the advent of man. There’s wars of religion, wars of industry, industries of war – it just keeps going. But it’s sort of viewing the Garden’s Gate as what’s left of the natural world, and then there’s everything that threatens that natural world through this industry. And of course, there’s the impression humans have had in building civilisations, and, of course, tearing things down and building things out.
“We’re just stardust and carbon,” he continued. “And we continue to just sort of waltz through time. And nothing is good or bad – it’s all just what it is. And that’s the lackadaisical spiritualism of that song. And there is a lot of Eastern philosophy implemented into that track. It’s like a very bizarre psychedelic parade that’s just sort of dissolving into the sky.”
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