Brad Shultz says, “This is the oldest song we had. When we first started writing it, it was more of a punky kind of Wreckless Eric thing. I felt like it had the potential to be more than a rough-around-the-edges punk song. I didn’t get Matt’s vision for it at first. We sort of learned to trust each other on this album – the whole band did, too.
“We agreed to a ‘let’s-try-everything’ approach, and we started doing it with a drum beat that Jared had, which was more off-kilter and unique.
“The horns worked out by accident. The part was actually from another song. We were working in two different studios in Jay’s building, which allowed us to do things on separate songs at the same time. There was some sort of file mix-up on Jay’s computer, and it wound up loading the horns from another song onto Hypocrite. Jay was like, ‘What is that? There’s some sort of noise coming from somewhere that shouldn’t be on this song.’
“We started muting stuff and taking things away, and we realized that it was the horn parts. But they didn’t just work out OK – they sounded beautiful. They were in the pocket in such a good way; it was like we couldn’t have done such a thing even intentionally. It was a gift from God or something.” [Laughs]