I have a real dog-like mentality, in that it’s like, ‘Where is my next meal coming from? Am I ever gonna eat again? Will I ever write another song again? Will anyone show up for tour?’" Case says. "I think it comes from being really poor as a kid, where you’re like, ‘OK, gotta figure out how to get some cases of stew in the basement, because clearly there’s gonna be a long winter ahead and I’ll never get a job.’ I don’t know. It’s my survivalist mentality. Or dog mentality.

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