“The purpose of this one is to serve as an opening to our show. When the lights dim and you hear a piece of intense cinematic music – in the past, we’ve used things like Inception and Psycho – it’s such a great way to bring the band on stage. We’ve been doing that for a long time.
“This time, we decided to write our own version of that. I had an idea of the length it should be and put together some examples of music that it should be like, and then Jordan and I got together to work on it. He had his synth set to a big symphonic sound. I remember saying, ‘Try something that’s like Star Wars,’ meaning something royal and ominous. He’d go through some things, we’d come up with the final part, and then he’d play it into Logic. We built it one step and one section at a time like that.
“We did the same thing with all of the sound effects you hear. Jordan laid all of that in with his sound effects libraries. We did the whole thing to a click in one night, in just a few hours. It was almost a disaster, though: We nearly lost the whole thing when Jordan’s computer crashed. We were able to retrieve it, but it took a lot to get it back. I’ll tell you, it was really scary for a while there. [Laughs]
“So that was the template. Once we had that down, I learned the parts on guitar, broke it up and figured out what I wanted to play – what I wanted to double or play as rhythm or whatever. We did that with every instrument – each guy layering his approach section by section – but we never actually played it together as a band.
“In the end, it has real strings on it. Some the of the stuff Jordan did remained – he redid it with better sounds and samples – but then we also used real strings to play the whole piece. It was a really fun project.”