Were there any surprises when you got the final mix back from Oktopus?
Bassist Andy Nelson: What he initially gave us sounded completely insane. We spent a couple of days reeling him back in. I actually really liked some of it. There was one song in particularly I fought really hard to have on the record but I was voted down. We’ll probably put it online or something at some point. There’s actually a version of the record that’s only drums, bass and all the post-production stuff. Not all of it works, but some of it sounds insanely good.
Did you approach writing this record different knowing the kind of work that would be going into the post-production?
Not really. There were only a few parts we left open, knowing we’d want to add some stuff in post. Mostly, we just practiced a lot more. We’d practice hours and hours for days on end. We would do crazy stuff — well, crazy for us — like play all the songs really quiet and really slow. It seems like with hardcore or punk too much attention gets paid to velocity. You’re so worried about getting to the next riff that you don’t really pay attention to the one you’re playing. We ended up going into the studio so extremely prepared that it made the process really easy. (Jade Tree)