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You wrote an absurd amount of songs for Decemberunderground, right?
We ended up writing 120 songs or something! DreamWorks had been bought by Interscope. Even though DreamWorks was essentially a major, it was a very creative place to be. It was almost like being on an indie; there was a slightly different dynamic at Interscope. I know it's an old music cliché but it's true: the more you accomplish, the more pressure is put on you. Davey and I really hunkered down and it just took a long time for us to get a body of work that we felt was right. We wrote in our A&R guy's basement. We wrote at [Green Day’s] Billie Joe [Armstrong]'s house. One studio we were writing in had the piano that Tommy Lee wrote Mötley Crüe’s "Home Sweet Home" on. I wrote Blaqk Audio’s "Ill Lit Ships" on that piano.
What happened to all of those extra songs?
They still exist. I've got shit backed up in 19 different locations. I listen to my 256 GB iPod on shuffle a lot and every once in a while, one of those songs pops-up. There are some songs that Hunter and Adam have never even heard, stuff that never went beyond Davey and I.