Casablancas on the song's gritty guitar riff, which set the tone for the rest of the album (Clash
, 2006): "There's delay on it. I never liked it, but now it's sort of everywhere on the record. Not crazy '80s reverb, just enough to give a lot of the instruments space so it sounds fuller, bigger and louder. What I used to call 'more professional.' That 'more professional' sound is what we tried when we worked with Nigel Godrich on the first sessions for Room On Fire
, but it wasn't right, y'know. Which is why we went back to Gordon Raphael. Here we did it but we still felt it still sounded gritty and like us."