For American Slang, the band recorded using a click track, which poses its own challenges for any drummer looking to capture a feeling.
"The thing that took a while was learning how to play inside the click, which is a skill in itself.
"I believe in push and pull in music. I don’t think that rock music should be written along a flat line. Speeding up and slowing down when it feels right is fine and I personally don’t have a big issue with it or even pay much attention to it. That was something I had to learn, to be able to do that inside the click, which is possible. It’s hard, but possible.
"That was my biggest hurdle, to get some groove and some dimension to the drums without going off the click."
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