Dead Poet Society, ‘FISSION’ | Track By Track

Dead Poet Society's Jack Underkofler guides us track by track through their new album ‘FISSION’, out now via Spinefarm Music Group.

Photo: Chandler Moyer


“This song is about the apocalypse and new beginnings. Not being afraid, but rather excited and looking forward to the freedom of nothing.”

Running In Circles

“Explores the paranoid voices inside our heads. It’s about the struggle of being real with yourself — avoiding the ‘fake’. Sometimes, it feels impossible to avoid. It was written about not being true to yourself and the shame that follows.”


“There’s not a lot in life that’s more gut-wrenchingly frustrating than trying desperately for years to build a career and having little to show for it. From living on floors and friends’ couches or out of your car, to working job after job just barely making ends meet to going on tour and coming back with less money than you had before. We wrote this song as a symbol of that nagging doubt and insecurity. The doubt that consumes you and that can be triggered by people or events in your life, but more often than not, again it’s the voice inside your head.”

How could I love you?

“It’s about betrayal and the anger of feeling like you put time and effort into someone who didn’t deserve it.”

I hope you hate me

“Furthering the point of HCILY, this song reflects on the post relationship feelings of apathy and the preservation of self and ego.”


“This song is about chasing the unobtainable, and the consequences that come as a result.”

Tipping Point

“It is about moving on, understanding where you went wrong, putting the period on that chapter of your life and being done with whoever made you write that chapter.”

LA Queen

“The anger hasn’t set in yet, you’re just wondering what happened but still you know you’re better off alone than with them. It hurts all the same.”

Hard to be God

“Ego is a Trojan horse. Being on the other end of someone’s narcissistic tendencies is like receiving ammo from the enemy. Eventually there will be a counter, you just gotta wait for it.”

81 Tonnes

“The song is about a moment in a very low point in my life. I had just found my mom had cancer, just gotten out of a bad relationship and didn’t have anywhere to live. It’s times like those that really stick in your head and this song came about as a recollection of that time.”

My Condition

“This is about knowing you’re gonna die eventually, so fuck it might as well do what you want to do and fail than sit around and wait for the end.”


“Kind of hard to describe this one. It’s more of a feeling than a meaning.”

Black and Gold

“This song is just about self-hatred and going down the rabbit hole of doubt.”

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