While "Broken Home" was a critical and financial success it did not garner the same attention that their first single "Last Resort" did.
It is implied that his father is an alcoholic who abuses them verbally and physically (one scene even shows him coming home drunk one night and apparently raping Jacoby's mother), and the images flash between times of relative calm and those of abuse. The father eventually leaves the house, causing the mother to break down. By the end of the song, the band is literally breaking the home, destroying the interior with their instruments.
Broken Home That Still Haunts the One and Only Mr Mendes; Behind the Best Director Award, the Heartbreak of a Missing Father
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