In a lot of ways, this song could be considered the first Hosey song. It's roots were planted a little more than 10 years ago when Hughes and I were still in high school.
The riff that opens the song is actually the absolute very first song fragment we ever put together. The punk-ish thrashing of the the 3 Guitar chords combined nicely with the octave based Bassline was appealing to us as 15 and 16-year-olds, and it's still a hell of a lot of fun to play today. It wasn't the first song we ever completed, and it has been re-written a number of times over the years, but it has always been based around that opening chord sequence. This particular incarnation of the song was cemented about 6 years ago, and not much has changed since. You might recognize a pretty heavy Melvins influence to the song, and you'd be in possession of some sharp ears. We love the Melvins. In fact, I believe I've seen The Melvins live more than any other band. Melvins.
The song doesn't contain any samples (outside of the drums). I play the Guitars, both the rhythm and lead parts, and Hughes plays the Bass, which was recorded in one take. As far as Guitar parts go, the song is mostly just the rhythm Guitar, with the lead only appearing during the "descending" riff, the solo, and the beginning of the break at the middle.
Click here to view the Guitar tab for "D.E.W.(AssautSonique)"
Something else that should be pointed out about this song: while every other song on this album (V II) was written by Hughes and I, this one actually has a third songwriter, Jonathan Lambert, who was our drummer back when we were still a typical rock band ('97 until sometime around '01) The drum line I programmed is based on the drum line Johnny originally played for the song back in '98, back when the song was named "Sonic Assault".
Originally Posted Sunday, December 7th, 2008