"I was really listening to a lot of Bowie stuff when we were recording," he said. "Just kind of revisiting his work, especially Ziggy Stardust.... I really love it, but when you really examine it, it's pretty flawless in my opinion. Maybe that did influence me a bit with how we poured ourselves into this record, perfecting each detail."
As to the NME list, Cook said, "It was obviously really nice to make the NME list. I don't know if we deserve it and I still can't wrap my head around ranking records like that, but it was definitely nice to see."