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“We really wanted to create an instrumental. It’s something that we love to do, and we haven’t done one in a long time. So we basically said, ‘You know, guys, let’s do an instrumental for this album. It’s time!’ And James is cool with it. He appreciates that we have some long pieces to play so he can go into his tent and do whatever he does in there. [Laughs]
“It was a lot of fun. We wanted to come up with a riff that was really hooky and cool. I don’t know if we were thinking Pink Panther-ish or a television-worthy kind of theme, but we were playing around with those concepts. I felt as though I had my homework cut out for me because I was determined to come up with exactly what was needed.
“Funnily enough, the main riff came to me in my sleep the night before we wrote it. I was running everything in my mind – it’s gotta be catchy, it’s gotta be progressive, there should be a theme, all of that – and there it was! It reminded me of the riff to a TV show, but it was also Dream Theater-like. I went to the studio and said to John Petrucci, ‘I got something, but I don’t know it you’re going to like it.' I was having a moment of self-doubt. But he really liked it. He added to it, and we went back and forth, and it was extended, and that was that.
“There’s a bunch of cool parts – we’re trading leads, we’re trading harmonies. I even did an iPad solo, too, which I have to thank [engineer] Rich [Chycki] for – one day, he went, ‘Hey, Jordan, bust your iPad out!’ It’s fun to do something quirky and crazy like that. I sat down right in front of the mixing board and went to it. My company Wizdom Music makes an app called Geo Synthesizer, and that’s the one I used with the iPad. I fed the sound to Rich, and he dialed in a couple of effects for it – he gave it a bit more grunge – and next thing you knew, it was absolutely killer.”