So we started, I think that day I actually wrote the riff to "Secret Country"—the day that I got it at soundcheck, or it was probably the next couple of days because I think I was playing it at soundcheck just kind of feeling it out or whatever. [W]e're actually playing that song on this tour and my God it's such a fun guitar to play, and that song with that riff is such a big, heavy groove that it's kind of unstoppable. And going back in my earlier days playing in Botch, which was more of like a really noisy hardcore—
Yeah like a matchcore thing.
Yeah. There were some songs in that band where I would tune my guitar – the low E string – all the way down to B or all the way down to A depending on the song. So I had experience previously writing in that register and it just seemed like a natural fit for that.
And then the omnichord was something actually that I heard on a My Morning Jacket record, and I was like, "What is that weird thing?" And so I looked it up online and then found one on eBay, [and] bought it on eBay. And then I think the first time I brought it to practice, Erin [Tate, MTB drummer] and I came up with what was "My Time."
Yeah, I had a feeling [that was the case]. ... Jim James [MMJ singer/guitarist/omnichord player] was the only person I had known before you to use that. So that's cool the [MMJ] Evil Urges record influenced your use of that.
Yeah, that's a great record. I love that record and also Z. Z is probably my favorite of theirs but Evil Urges is right up there.
Are there any other songs that you've recorded on that baritone guitar that we [fans] have yet to hear or that you plan on putting out any time soon?
You know, I have a bunch more riffs that I've written for it, but none of them have made it into MTB songs or we've recorded yet, although I think this tour ... is kind of reigniting my love for the baritone, so I'm guessing that for future records and stuff I'll break that out and make use of that a little bit more.
Following Omni, Infinity Overhead is the second album you’ve put out through the great label Dangerbird Records. I'm just wondering, how did that relationship with Dangerbird come about and how hard was it for you guys to leave Suicide Squeeze after all those years that you were on it?