On After The Party the band dug into classic rock influences and interconnected storytelling without an ounce of irony. Lookers, with its Jersey girls and heartbreakers, is a pivotal song.
"Lookers is that next transition. Bruce Springsteen said this when he wrote Hungry Heart, where it was the poppiest he'll ever go. The Lookers chorus is such a pop hook, right? I remember bringing it to practice one day, and everybody stopped playing and started laughing. It was such a good feeling. We wanted to write heavy, angsty stuff on Rented World, and then After The Party was definitely more driven by what I was listening to at the time: classic rock, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, the more heartland kind of Americana stuff. Those influences really shine."