They took months rather than weeks to make the record. Practical jokes punctuated by the sound of fireworks and good times threatened to take over at one point.
“You know on the back of the comic books when we were kids where you could order any kind of joke trick?” longtime producer Angelo Petraglia asked. “I think that’s where they were ordering from. Things were coming in and you’d be like, ‘They still make these things?’”
Caleb Followill brought in 10 songs he’d been working on alone at home, something of a change in the band’s formula. And Petraglia combed through old work tapes, finding bits and pieces he’d bring to the band’s attention, like the “Use Somebody” era sound sketch that turned into “Beautiful War.”
“The whole thing was chill actually for those guys,” Petraglia said.