At the end of 2009, the band was in LA to finish up vocals on Infinite Arms so Creighton had some time on his hands. He used the break to take lessons with Sean MacKenzie, the son of famous drum educator Ted MacKenzie. Creighton started working with Sean roughly a year ago and the experience helped him when it came time to record the new album, although he still has plans for honing his craft further in the future.
"I think now I really want to be able to do what is asked of me, which is myriad things. My focus on this record was really getting better with the click. I struggled with it because it was such a foreign idea to me, so that was a big thing to get around when I started taking lessons with Sean.
"My left hand is still crap since I taught myself to play so I’m trying to work my way back into being a better drummer. There’s plenty of stuff I can do."
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