I'm here to take you home. I don't know, Brian. This is the only world I know anymore.
No longer charged up by hyper-autobiography or woe-is-me perspectives, it became important to imbue his songs with detail, giving them historical, political and personal frameworks.
When Nichols was prompted as to the darker, more complex songs on Ghosts, family was on his mind: How were you inspired to touch on the Civil War in a personal sense. That song has more to do with me having to leave, missing my wife and family back home and being gone for work. But that one probably has more to do with the wife than the war, for me.
Critics picked up on their rock and Replacements edge, and the band signed with the more diverse Tiger Style label. Things seemed to be going well, but as the album was catching indie fire, Tiger Style announced they were closing shop. Released in spring ofNobody's Darlings featured the most Southern-fried sounds from the band yet.