The band made more than one attempt at recording the album. The first time, plans with the producer fell through, so the group were trying to find a new producer and book new studio time. A few more attempts finally resulted in one that worked when they secured the services of David Schiffman.
The recording process itself was not easy once it had taken off; while working on the bass parts for the album they had the bass turned up so loud that nearby houses in the Los Angeles residential area where the band worked were being shaken. The group were told by local law enforcement to move the recording to another location, so they moved to a different studio, recalling the incident rather humorously later.
Finally, it was completed in the fall of 2008, but the group's then-label, RCA Records, did not want to release the album as it was. Because they feared the album would not produce a good single, the company wanted the band to keep writing and recording until what they considered a potential hit single appeared. The band and RCA continued to argue about the album, which only delayed it further, causing them to miss their originally planned March 2009 release date completely. When it became clear that such a single, as RCA wanted it, was not forthcoming, because the band liked the album too much as it was, the label dropped the band and allowed them to take the record to another label.
When released in the U.S., it came in two deluxe editions: both with two downloadable bonus tracks, but only one with an exclusive T-shirt.
The music video for "Lady Killer" premiered on February 4, 2010 through Pitchfork.com. It was shot in the band's hometown of Montreal with director David Valiquette.
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