For Phoenix's upcoming fifth studio album Bankrupt!, the French band is getting a little help from one of music history’s greatest albums.

The Harrison 4032 solid-state recording console, according to a recent article in The New Yorker, was used in the recording of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Phoenix used this historical tool to record their new album; surprisingly, the Harrison 4032 was discovered by guitarist Laurent Brancowitz on eBay.

Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars told The New Yorker that “no nerd or music engineer or memorabilia freak … seemed to want it.” Eventually the band bought the device (from Christian music studio owner Clayton Rose) for $17,000, which was $12,000 less than the original asking price.

The band started recording the album as soon as the device was shipped, which might explain the LP’s other working title: Alternative Thriller.

Bankrupt! is due this spring.