Eli Young Band Sharing Stories Behind the Lyrics

Band Members Give Genius.com Annotations for Turn It On EP

Despite the success they’ve had with hit singles and albums, the live show comes first for the Eli Young Band.

It even comes up when they’re discussing the lyrics to their latest single, “Turn It On.”

“We’ve always wanted to make sure that we focus on the show and make sure that when people come and pay that ticket price, that we entertain them,” Mike Eli wrote in recent annotations for the song on Genius.com. “‘Turn It On,’ we feel like, is one of those songs that really can help us do that, that can help us entertain.”

Bandmate Jon Jones says after the success of “Crazy Girl” and “Even if It Breaks Your Heart,” songwriters started trying to pitch them songs with the same kind of sound.

“But we always want to push the ball forward and not try to rerelease what we’ve already done,” he said. “It was time for something new, fresh. Not that things had totally gotten stale, but it was really exciting to write these songs that felt new. That totally felt good.

Watch the video for “Turn It On,” the title track of their recently-released EP. Then check out the band’s full annotations for it.