“Obviously we’re known as being a technical band, that’s our roots,” explains Dan, “but I felt we’d exhausted that to some degree, so started to feel drawn to doing more with less, which is a greater challenge in some ways.”
“You can really ride the line between ‘Is this good, catchy and memorable?’ and My First Riff Ever,” adds Josh. “Some of the biggest riffs in the world, if they’d just been one step the other way, wouldn’t have worked at all. It’s more challenging to write good, simple riffs than the more complicated stuff.”
For Sam, too, there was a drive to try new things with his instrument. “It was unsustainable and inhumane to make him do that night after night,” Dan says of his bandmate’s prolonged throat shredding, which has this time been supplemented by higher registers in Sam’s range, providing a welcome nod to his efforts on older Architects records. “It wasn’t about showing off or overdoing it,” explains the vocalist. “It was about tastefully using the variety of tones I have.”
The band identify reactions to Dead Butterflies, a song they deemed to be among their biggest creative risks, as vindicating the gambles they’ve made. “I thought we were going to get slaughtered for that one,” admits Dan. “After we recorded it we thought, ‘Fuck it, we can do anything now.'"