Lead singer Julian Casablancas told the NME: "We had guitars on it originally, but it just sounded better to me without them. It definitely has a different vibe for us. There's a lot of weird stuff on that song; most of the weird sounds are drums that have been messed around with."
The song's ending originates from a piece of music that The Strokes came up with around the turn of the century (once titled "E Minor Madness") and features guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. playing lines "inspired by Daft Punk's Veridis Quo."
Hammond described the song to NME as "cold, strange, new, unique and fascinating."