‘Wormwood’ by The Acacia Strain was a lot of fun to work on. Vince and I talked about the ideas for the album as a whole and as I racked my mindgrapes for ideas, I called him back and said, “I’ve got a dead bird in my freezer and some dental equipment. Let me take some reference photos and I’ll shoot you an email in a little while.”
Then, I used a bunch of diagrams to work within the rest of the album to create some unity to the album as a whole and had them tied together with lyrics and things that could reference the Wormwood star.
The Heart Hive was an idea I really just had to get out of me. My obsession with insects clicked with it when I saw an abandoned wasp nest and knew what I had to do.