This song appears to have been influenced by the experimental German Krautrock movement of the late 1960s and early '70s. In an interview with Drowned in Sound
, the interviewer asked Jez Williams (guitarist) and his brother Andy (drums) if the band had been listened to old Krautrock records when they wrote this song. Andy replied: "Krautrock is definitely something that we all agree on, and have been fans of for a long time. I'd say Kraftwerk as well. Man Machine
is one of those records that I keep going back to over and over again since I can remember."