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“Ged and I traded instruments during the writing, but when we went in to record, we went back to our own instruments. We were both influenced by each other’s writing, which I think is a great testament to how we work. It was a very pleasant, productive experience.
“It’s interesting, because it was a struggle to get the verses to sit. The acoustics were too sweet; they didn’t feel right. There was a contrast that didn’t feel broad enough. So after a lot of hard work, we came up with the quick strumming and putting the harmonics in, and that created a beautiful moment.
“This is contrasted by the sound of a danger signal: Don’t accept everything at face value. Be careful. Things that might look so good could turn out to be the exact opposite. There’s a middle section where all the damage is done – I’m trying to explain it without getting into the whole story – and that came from one of our soundcheck jams. Once we got the strings and the bass pedals down, it all became such a visual moment in the song.
“The Wreckers has a real pop feel. It’s not heavy, but it’s emotionally tied to a strong rock presence. The verses are some of my favorite Rush moments ever.”