The songs on this record are different versions of existing Rise Against songs, covers, or originals that never made it on a record for some reason. Common wisdom tells us that this reason is that a B-side is a song not good enough to make the cut. While I believe that logic can apply sometimes, I think its short-sighted. See, the songs that really arent good enough, youll never hear. They never make it outside of our practice space. If we finish a song, bring it to the studio, write lyrics, and see it to fruition, then it becomes one of the children that make up a family of songs. If we werent proud of it, it would have been scrapped along the way. How and why a song really ends up sitting on the sidelines happens when the record starts to take shape. Each song fits into the record like pieces of a puzzle. Sometimes you notice that you crafted two pieces that fill the same hole. Sometimes a song isnt better or worse, its just redundant. By itself, it can survive on its own. But you only need so many linebackers or point guards or defensive men on a team. A record has an arc. It has a narrative. It should have variety by showcasing different soundscapes and moods and emotions. Like a good book, you want to keep the readers attention so they read all the way to the end. It might be really well written, but if you go on and on about the scenery or what the character is wearing or what the weather is like or...see? Im losing you already. We have fast songs and slow songs and political songs. We have personal songs and dark songs and positive songs. We aim for balance on each record. Every song is like one of our children; some just get orphaned. These songs are the lost children of Rise Against.