Five Finger Death Punch Say They Planning Their New Album
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.08.2014
Doing some recording on the road...
Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory recently spoke with Billboard about working on a new album on the road and more. Check out the highlights:
On their progress: "I would say next spring we would want to put something out, so that means this year we'll be recording here and there and probably go into the studio in December or January. But we definitely want to have something out before next summer for sure. In this environment I don't think that bands can allow themselves to stay in a studio for two, three, four years and wait and try to write some masterpiece. In four years people are going to forget about you. You have go put out records. Thank God we have plenty to say and plenty of material. We don't struggle for material -- obviously."
On recording the music on the road with portable studio equipment: "That worked out for us really, really well -- we got two albums out of it, right? It was great, because it wasn't like the usual, 'Here you go, guys. You have four months, or five, to write a record.' Instead of that we started writing songs and lived with them for possibly a year. And when you get to live with a song it always evolves and evolves and gets better, so I think we'll always do it this way from now on. It's a healthy process."
On Ivan Moody benefiting from the process: "He has the hardest job in the band. because we write without him. We just give him the full songs, like 'Here you go. here's a song,' and then another one and another one, and he has to come up with the lyrics and the melody. So for him it's fairly difficult, and when we give him songs way ahead of time he has time to live with them. He has more time to breathe and create when he doesn't have to write anything in a period of just a month or something like that."
On figuring out the next single: "There are different trains of thought because when you're deciding a single there are a couple of different factors. Some of them are obvious; some of the songs can't go on radio 'cause they're too heavy or the lyrics just won't allow...We just had a couple of slower songs on the radio, and...we don't want people to have the wrong impression. The band is still a pretty heavy hard rock/heavy metal band, so we don't want to give the wrong impression. At the same time you look at the songs and see how certain songs are extremely popular. So when the question comes, 'Do we give a song that paints a different picture or do we give the song that seems like everybody wants to hear?' That's the debate right now. It will have to conclude pretty much in the next 10 days, I'd say, and we should know which one it is. We have two different ones we're thinking about, but we don't know which one is the winner."