How was "Dead Red Eyes" written? It seems like Eric Bachmann was trying to write a nice softer song, Matt got bored and let his fingers make bass magic.
It was actually the opposite. Bachmann had that nice keyboard part, and I started doing something really quiet and (I thought) respectful to the subtle part. Bachmann turns to me and says, "It'd be cool if you could play something choppy. Harsh and staccatto, or something?" So I came up with that bassline. I'm glad it panned out that way, because it's a fun bassline to play.