Kristian Bush talked about how his reunion with Jennifer Nettles for a Sugarland comeback felt natural and comfortable.
The two had many discussions regarding what direction they wanted to take their music. A lot can happen in five years, and the band ultimately decided they wanted to talk about their current mindset. Kristian told Sounds Like Nashville about “Still the Same”:
“It was comfortable because it’s someone you know. Then, it was exciting because the mystery of the years in between. She’s like, ‘How about we write about what we’re in the middle of?’ The song kind of unfolds as we asked each other questions in a row like, ‘Where do we start?’ Right here.”
The band also felt that it was time to talk more about their relationship in their music, something they aren’t known to do:
“In a lot of ways, I think fans are able to hear into our relationship, which we never talk about much. It was just a given because you knew us long after we already knew each other, so hearing us navigate coming back together is actually in the song. I think that’s cool; it’s also the truth, so it’s very convenient.”
Kristian and Jennifer were happy to find that the songwriting process came easily to them:
“The only thing we did before the awards, we sat down and tried to write a song [‘Still the Same’] because that’s always what this band was. It was based on sitting down and writing songs. I was like, ‘Oh, yeah, we still got it.’”