“As part of our initial discussions, we said that we should do an instrumental. We haven’t done one since Stream Of Consciousness on Train Of Thought, so it felt like the time was right. It’s part of our thing, it’s who we are, and we just love stretching out and playing instrumentals.
“Rich got all of the sounds on the album pretty much like you’re hearing them – it was all in the first week – so as we would write and play, it wound up not sounding like a demo; it sounded like the album. When we finished a so-called scratch version of this song – and I use that term hesitantly, because a lot of the stuff we did ended up as the keeper tracks – we played it for James, and his reaction was priceless: ‘Oh, my God! That’s freakin’ amazing!’ He’s a huge fan of that side of our band and is a big advocate.
“There’s several different solo sections on the guitar. Sometimes it gets a bit compositional, where there’s a tricky, weaving chord progression. There’s a guitar key harmony-unison thing that was really composed section by section. But as far as the solos that have more of an improvised feel, what goes through my mind, again, is that I need to keep it interesting.
“Jordan are I are trading here: He does a solo, then I do one, he does an iPad solo, and I do another one. I like to mix up the techniques from one to the next so that you're constantly seeing another color. And Jordan gets some really cool sounds, too.
“What’s great about it is, it moves along and never meanders. This isn’t us doing a mathematical exercise; it’s us saying, ‘Hey, let’s get together and write a really awesome song.’ It has a spy-theme motif, which is why I called it ‘Enigma Machine.’”