Andrew McMahon did a track-by-track breakdown for his new album:
“Submarine” was written for the second Wilderness album, Zombies on Broadway. At the time, I was living in New York making the album and I completely spun out. I wasn’t sleeping, working insane hours, and going out until the sun came up most days. It started as a lot of fun, but by the end, I’d really lost myself.
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“For me, this song is pure nostalgia,” McMahon said in a statement. “I made a conscious decision when I was writing it to imagine a whole world of important figures in my life lying next to me on the hood of that imagined vehicle. In one breath it’s a song about young love and in another it’s about those nights out with friends. Nights that ended in parking lot conversations about lives you might lead one day and places you might escape to if you could. I rarely build imagined worlds when I write songs but something about this one feels very much like a memory to me.”