Dead & Born & Grown was released on 12 November 2012. Around this time, Jessica explained that she thought its songs “as letters”, adding, “It’s like when you read a letter from a long time ago and it takes you right back to that time: the images, the emotions.” The album’s songs, all written by the sisters (with the exception of Gone Tomorrow) can really dive deep into love’s unhappy well. “Doomed from the beginning,” they sing on Pay Us No Mind, peeling back the skin of a miserable love affair. “I don’t give a fuck anymore.” The Staves’ lyrics range from the vitriolic to the philosophical, Dead & Born & Grown’s title track in particular depicting an ambiguous relationship which sometimes feels eternal, sometimes intensely ethereal. The album feels universal, and the sisters have often said they want others to find their own lives in the music.
“Our fanbase has been so loyal, there’s this audience that will be up for whatever we are doing”
We’re very lucky Jessica also reflected on the varied ways in which Dead & Born & Grown’s songs came together: “I don’t think we can work in that structured a way, because each idea for a song, or each emotional root for a song is different, so the process is different each time. Sometimes one of us will have written nearly a whole song, and then it’s just a matter of finishing it off and arranging it, or putting it through ‘The Staves Filter’. But sometimes one of us feels a certain way about something, or comes up with a line, saying, ‘I want to write a song about this,’ then we’d all start it from scratch.”