The record was written over a period of nine months, the band often refining songs live on tour in the UK and mainland Europe. They played pop-up gigs in communal squats, run-down toilet venues and established venues alike, and shared stages with bands such as Pulled Apart By Horses, Ought, Maps & Atlases. Through gauging their own and the audiences’ reactions to songs, they altered structures and chords whenever it didn't feel quite right. Happy mistakes aided the process: dropped beats, scratched notes or playing at different paces and moods all helped shape the songs.
‘World Owes You Nowt’ was recorded over six days at the predominantly analogue Greenmount Studios in Leeds, with engineers Lee Smith and Jamie Lockhart, who have also worked with Pulled Apart By Horses, The Cribs and Forward Russia. Mastering was finished by Jeff Lipton.