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Periphery - Facepalm Mute

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Published on Jul 10, 2012

This song is very interesting in that it is pretty much Spencer's baby. A few years back he showed a song he had demoed instrumentally with him playing guitar/bass and having programmed the drum ideas, and we all were taken aback, because we knew he was a creative force when it came to vocals but we didn't realize that he was or could even write for the other instruments. I worked with him on the song in the way that I work with the bands that I produce, and helped trim the fat, got the arrangement flowing nicely, reworked some riffs and added some layers, and that demo is what the album version is based off of. Strangely enough he had never shown us the lyrics/vocal ideas for this song, but he had told me that he had some good ideas, and that he was really happy with his ideas for the chorus. I feel like this song is somehow very Periphery, and yet something I never would have been able to write myself, and it is a good example of how tight the writing chemistry is in this band. Since this song was demoed right when we started preproduction work on the album, we decided to play it live on some tours, and it is one of the few songs on this album that we actually jammed in a room before recording the final version and settling on the parts. In the future, time permitting, I think we would want to be able to do that with every song, just to see how it feels to play it as a band. I do, however, think this song has something very special because of that advantage. - Misha

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