On the popular Ryan Adams forum, Ryan Adams Archive, Adams posted the following regardingOrion's stylistic influences:
Anyone who loved this record, seriously, please seek out Angel Rat and Nothingfaceby Voivod. The entire record was my way of saying "thank you" to Denis D'Amour for many years of inspiring me after I learned of his untimely death from colon cancer. [...] He was a wonderful guitarist and for all accounts and amazing gifted man. In fact I dedicated the album 29 to him also but it was, of course, not in the style of his wonderful music. Although, I have used his "backwards barred chords" idea in nearly every one of my Cardinals songs since.