The band has covered ABBA and The Beatles – obviously, you don’t live by metal alone.
“No, we don’t. I bought the new Daft Punk record that everybody loves; it’s extremely good, a real prize winner. I like the new Flaming Lips...there’s so much. The main influences are The Doors and Pink Floyd, the usual classic rock stuff. I also like some of the more melodic stuff by Tangerine Dream… Rush. It’s not all metal, no.”
How did you like recording in Nashville at Blackbird Studios?
“We have very fond memories of being there. It was very idyllic, with the falling leaves and the seasons changing – very beautiful. We were situated in a cool studio complex; it’s obviously a big building, but the individual studios are cozy and nicely furnished. The guy who owns it is clearly a big Beatles fan because there were Beatles posters everywhere.”
That’s John McBride. Yep, he’s a big Beatles fan, hence the name of the studio.
“Exactly. So that was a very inspiring milieu for us to be in. We’ve made records in the past, but it was nice to be in a place like that and to have a budget where we knew that we could get some shit done.”