Forming in New Brunswick in the Fall of 2016, Flycatcher began crafting dynamic songs centered around crushing swells of jagged guitar-hooks, propulsive drumming, and deftly emotive lyrics. Following a period of extensive gigging and writing through 2018, the band teamed up with Kyle Pulley of Thin Lips to produce the high-energy, kaleidoscopic textures of their debut album, Other Things. Shortly after the release, the band joined Joe Webster at PonderRosa Studios to begin work on their follow-up record. Released in Summer 2019, the driving, angular melancholy of Songs for Strangers saw Flycatcher develop their song-craft through cohesive arrangements and vulnerable, immersive lyrics. With a sold-out show at the Asbury Park Brewery and a cross-country tour to promote the release, the band continued performing right up until March 2020. At this point, with live shows indefinitely off limits, the band took the time to continue writing with no endgame, exploring new sonic ideas and approaches without the pressure to perform or record.