“I just want them to feel like how they feel when they see something that’s peculiar,” he says. “That package of odd and scary and funny.”
A track called The Pisgee Nest is about an incident in the mountains near where he grew up, in which a policeman’s daughter was pimped out by her boyfriend to the rest of the village. During the song, Gibson is the sweaty-palmed bystander narrating from the side of the bed: “We took a little more, I must confess/We can’t do what you want for any less/The state trooper’s daughter and The Pisgee Nest/And there was a fight over who went next. Uh …” he sings over a wailing slide guitar. “I was truly shocked by it so I wanted to write it down, but it’s not something I want to glorify as it’s still disturbing. It was actually called The Pisgee Rest but everyone called it the ‘nest’, it’s just a swarm of bad,” he grimaces.