“What a fucking amazing record! The first time I heard it, I got so jealous. The sound was so heavy, and the songs were so cool and hard-hitting, but the most incredible thing was how simple it all was. I don’t mean that in a derogatory way; what I mean is, everything is pared down to the essential elements, and that’s why it hits you right in the chest.
“Each riff is single-note brilliance. Here I was, trying to write all of these complex, Van Halen-esque parts, and there’s Tom Morello whipping out three-note riffs on the E string that rocked like crazy. I was like, ‘Fuck! Why didn’t I think of that?’
“The energy and aggression from such simplicity really bummed me out. The record was pretty much them jamming in a rehearsal studio with a mobile recording unit – that’s all it was. But there was such intelligence behind it all.
“Tom Morello pushed himself to come up with sounds that nobody else had. He reminds of Eddie Van Halen in that regard. It was like he said, ‘I’m the only guitar player, so how can I come up with a variety of sounds on one instrument?’ I love that – I really do.”