“The big thing on this was the backing vocal sessions we had with Grg and Kliff. It was the two of them and me, and also Flemball, and we sat around in the booth and really discussed how to not lose the heaviness of the Metallica sound but stay true to that real sugary tone and vibe of the early ‘60s Beatles.
“We probably went through three or four different backing vocal patterns just to be able to keep that Beatles side to it. That element is so important to these songs, especially something from that era.
“On some of my rhythm guitar parts, I used an old Gretsch I have. It’s got a Telecaster body, but it’s actually a Gretsch-built guitar with single-coil pickups. I wasn’t looking for a dark, heavy EMG-style sound like I might normally go for; this one had to have a bit of twang and bite.”