John Connolly: “Clint and I love old-school albums with those big, epic intros. We’re huge fans of things like Screaming For Vengeance and Master Of Puppets. Bands like Priest and Metallica always had that kind of setup; even if it was the most brutal record ever, there was something to suck you in and ease you into things before it got insane.
“The Call Me No One and the Projected records have intros like this, so we know how to do them; it felt natural. A lot of people are like, ‘Oh, I hate bands that do the intros,’ but they’re our guilty pleasures. We were going to do this thing.
“It was a piece of music that came out of Clint noodling around for the song Faithless. This is one of parts that didn’t make it. We basically took the piece and moved it up to the beginning of the record. Then we built it and built it and built it.
“I used my signature Dean Z for probably 97.2 percent of the record, so I’m sure I used it here. Clint had his PRS models pretty much. We had a couple of Strats in the studio that were cool for certain things. Most of the time, it was me with a Dean and Clint with a PRS.”