This goes back some years. It is a favourite book of both myself and Robin (we regularly discuss horror and fantasy literature), and Rob had the bare bones of this song together in 1996. When we were rehearsing material for 'Anagramary' he brought this one to the table. Maybe the 'jam' environment of the session, don't really know, but we ended up just playing around the first few chords and it became what was eventually 'Flag'. When we reconvened this time, this was the first song we looked at, adapted it and made it the focal point of the new album. The song probably charts the evolution of Red Jasper, which is possible why it didn't quite fit 17 years ago. I believe on this album we have definitely retained the RJ sound, but it has undoubtedly moved on. We were always a little left of field which commercially didn't always do us favours, but fuck it; we do what we do and love it. With the line-up change that will no doubt be interesting now for people who own our previous albums, and as always we'll take people with us, maybe not a few and hopefully find a new audience too.