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© Helen Collen
“I looked at CJ and said, ‘Here we are – first day of the record. What do we do?’ He started playing, and then I joined in. We did these cool little voicings, and suddenly there was a riff – we wrote the whole song in an hour. That really set the pace for the whole record.
“Lyrically, it’s a song about people calling you out and blaming you for shit that you never did or said. The internet’s a weird place: People say so much crap, and of course, everything that’s written on it is supposed to be the truth. Well, guess what? It’s not! So it’s Judgment Day – all the internet hating and bullshit. I guess I was feeling like I was on the whipping post that day, so that’s what came out. As we got more into the record, things brighten, and we go from darkness to light.
“I used my L3 Music Man, which is the latest version of my Luke guitar, with the passive DiMarzio pickups – also called the Transition pickups! How’s that for a coincidence? [Laughs] I used that on pretty much the whole record.
“Toss Panos is on drums. He brought a real different feel to the song. He’s like a rock ‘n’ roll Elvin Jones. Sklar’s on bass, and he’s awesome, as always. And that Phil Collen on background vocals. He’s a good buddy of CJ and mine. He’s got a great voice, and he just knows what to do and what a song needs. He toughens up the chorus and gives it an extra ‘oomph.’”