Brownstein moved from Olympia, Washington, to Portland in the fall of 2001 – mostly to be closer to her Sleater-Kinney bandmates, singer-guitarist Corin Tucker and drummer Janet Weiss, both of whom had lived in Portland for years. "It just started feeling arduous to commute for the sake of songwriting," Brownstein recalls. "If inspiration didn't strike or we hit a moment of frustration, we couldn't say, 'Let's call it a day, see you tomorrow.' It was like, 'OK, now I'm going to get back in my car and drive back to Olympia, and we'll try again next week.' We wrote [1999's] The Hot Rock and [2000's] All Hands on the Bad One that way, but I remember it being a huge relief with [2002's] One Beat that there was a seamlessness to the writing process, just because we were all in Portland."