It was their first album recorded with indie label Epitaph Records, after switching from major label Maverick Records. Commenting on this switch, lead singer Dan Marsala said in an interview, "Making this record felt like starting over. We're like a brand new band. You can hear it in these songs, we're excited again. I think we've really stepped it up on this record." Guitarist Ryan Phillips adds, "Epitaph seemed like the perfect place for us at this time in our career. It's a much more creative environment."  The album was produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette who has also produced albums by Chevelle, Escape the Fate, and A Change of Pace.
Critical reception for The album was generally positive, and the album did fairly well commercially. It debuted on the UK rock charts at number 6  and at number 18 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling about 21,000 copies in its first week.