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Key to the return to their roots was guitarist Head rejoining the band.
Fieldy: “Head was there right from the first day in the studio. There was this undeniable chemistry. Having Head there definitely pushed me back to having my old bass tones. Head was like, ‘You’ve got to get that old bass tone; that is what people want to hear.’ I’ve got to thank Head and Munky for pushing me to get my bass tone back. It worked out real good.
“I couldn’t wait to get back in there and just see what happened. There was a chemistry there that wasn’t forced. If there’s a band out there that has a majority of the original members and they continue to make music, then that [chemistry] will happen. I don’t care who brings in different styles and influences – if you have those members you’re always going to get that chemistry.
“With Head being gone for eight years and coming back, it was kinda cool to see him coming back with some fresh ideas – new ideas that we have never done before. I think that really pushed everybody.”
Ray: “We started writing last July, wrote about 25 tunes and recorded 15 or 16. To have Head back in the fold, that’s a big bonus. Ever since I’ve been in the band, I’ve wanted those four original guys up front, so it was a big deal to have him back.”