‘Quarter Past Midnight’ is about trying to capture that moment of a night out,” frontman Dan Smith says in a press release. “Some people are gonna go home; for some this is just the beginning. It became about being in someone's car, driving through the city. I wanted to try and capture that sense of excitement, and that rush.”
“It’s way easier to escape in the night time,” Smith adds. “Places that aren’t normally open are open to the world, and the places that you associate with reality and work are all shut down. .