You make it a point to note the democracy in songwriting on this record. How did that shape Measures of Progress?
Guitarist/vocalist Thomas Reikie: We definitely feel that our band is better having everyone working on ideas as a collective. It took a little while to adjust to how you view a song you bring forward to the band so that it isn't "your" song; it's just "an idea for a song" that the band are going to flesh out together. The previous record had elements of this, but took less of a collective approach.
Nik Kozub (Shout Out Out Out Out) produced this album as well. What made you want to work with him again?
Nik is a gem, plain and simple — an absolute gem. He holds an unwavering attention to detail and he is totally obsessed with gear, which is a fantastic quality in both an engineer and producer. We decided to bring in Paul Arnusch to produce though, to let Nik's primary focus be engineering. There was an atmosphere of openness and freedom to share creative ideas in the studio between Nik, Paul and the entire band. Everyone was working to make the songs sound the best they could.