On Centipede Hz’s Sound
“Noah is particular about drum sound. He doesn’t like a snare for instance. So it was just a matter of putting together a kit that we thought would be individualistic for the record.”
The result? Bongos, a big marching-band drum and a guiro. An oversized shaker instead of a high-hat also gives a Latin flair to the percussion.
“The pieces kind of correspond with a Western rock drum kit, but they’re all sort of replaced with Latin-sounding kinds of things,” Weitz says. “Then everything is effected by Noah, so it gets the spacey, alien quality we were also going for.”
That space alien quality is exactly how the band wanted the album to feel.
“It’s like being in a pod or a control room with lights and gadgets,” is how Portner describes “Centipede Hz.”