For all the complexity of Shogun, it was the stripped-back groove of 2011’s In Waves that proved the band’s biggest progression and, after initial doubt from fans, their greatest vindication.
MATT: “On Shogun, we had so many ideas and parts per song – but on In Waves we really made it about the song and not the technicality. In Waves is a very minimal song. When that song came out, guitar players were like, ‘Err, why aren’t you guys shredding your asses off?’”
COREY: “Everyone was like, ‘It’s too simple!’ Then they were doing guitar covers and they still weren’t playing the riff right! It was like, ‘You’re bitching about it being too simple, but how come no-one’s playing it right?’”
MATT: “What’s great about In Waves is that someone could sing you a riff to the song and you know what song it is.”