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“This is Mark’s, and it’s pretty interesting how it came about," says Mansoor. "I have this project with him called Haunted Shores, and I showed him this really weird open tuning – I don’t even know what it is – which inspired me to write a song almost the second I heard it. Same thing with him: he heard the tuning and immediately wrote the first few riffs to Scarlet. We worked on it together and finished it up.
“Haunted Shores was supposed to be this thing where we had guest singers. Spencer wanted to try vocals on it. But then it was like, ‘Well, it’s Spencer, Mark and me – that’s three-fifths of Periphery, and it fits the album, too.’ So that’s how that happened. I think it’s an awesome track.
“It’s weird: This song is probably one of the poppiest, catchiest things on the album, but it’s actually one of the hardest to play. Just that first riff, which is Mark, the part is so crazy that it sounds like two different guitars. He’s moving around, using hammer-ons and open strings very effectively. Really cool stuff.”