Stone Temple Pilots
marked the first time that Robert DeLeo and his guitarist brother Dean had written together since Army of Anyone's self-titled album in 2006. They told Spin Magazine
about the band's songwriting process, which is a collaborative process between the brothers, vocalist Scott Weiland
and drummer Eric Kretz.
Dean explained: "Robert and I will usually bring in a piece of music completely finished. As far as Scott goes, he's hearing these songs for the first time. These are all songs that Robert and I have played one another over the past several months. Scott has to come up with melodies and lyrics for songs he's hearing for the first time. It's a lot to digest."
Robert added that Stone Temple Pilots
was recorded differently to their previous albums with Weiland worked on it separately from the other three band members. He said: "The fact that Scott, Eric, and I have our own studios gives us the luxury of working at home. We recorded at Eric's studio, then would send songs to Scott and he'd record vocals at his studio. The band wasn't in the same room as much as we could have been, but I think we've been making records long enough to know what to expect from each other. Plus, it added an extra bit of excitement to see what that person was going to record."