Five Finger Death Punch’s Jeremy Spencer on Working With Rob Halford, Double Album + More
This past weekend, Full Metal Jackie welcomed Five Finger Death Punch drummer Jeremy Spencer on her show from the Mayhem Festival for a brief chat about the band’s upcoming double album ‘The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell.’ If you missed Jackie’s show, check out her interview with Jeremy Spencer below:
Jeremy Spencer from Five Finger Death Punch with us on the show. July 30 is the release date for part one of the two albums that are coming out this year. ‘The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 1′ is coming out July 30th. There’s a song [‘Lift Me Up’] currently doing very, very well in the U.S. at rock radio that you guys had a chance to do with Rob-effing-Halford, which is pretty amazing.
I’ll tell you what, I’ve been a fan of Judas Priest my whole life. We all have. When we finished that song we were thinking man, it kind of has that 80s kind of — not in a bad way — but a sing-along, huge chorus. Maybe in the vein of Priest we were thinking. So we said, “How cool would it be to get Rob Halford?” So we asked our management to reach out to Rob, he heard the song and totally dug it. Came down, flew to Vegas recorded the song in a couple of hours. We go to go out to dinner with him. Exceptional guy, exceptional talent. Super cool. Very intelligent. Then we were like, “Hey man, what are the chances of you getting together and singing this with us at the Golden Gods?” And he agreed to do it. It was a dream come true.
It was pretty amazing. I was at the Golden Gods and watched that happen. It’s just — you know, he is the metal god. I always think this about people who have been doing this as long as he has. He’d have every right to be a jerk because he’s earned it, right? But meanwhile he’s the nicest guy on the planet.
Yeah, super cool humble guy and he really seems to enjoy our band, which is cool. Very flattering.
‘Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 1′ comes out in stores July 30 and it’s a big deal that you guys are putting out two albums. Give us a run down on how that came about and why you guys decided to do that.
Well, we had started to take out a portable recording studio with us out on tour in the event that we wanted to lie down and document some ideas if we were feeling inspired or creative. And you’re bored some days, we’re like, “Hey, let’s set up the studio and document some stuff.” So, we came off the road with a handful of ideas and we were really focused and excited to get in the studio. Things just started flowing real well and we got up to about 14,15 songs and we kept going. It was still flowing. We got to song 24 or 25 and we were thinking, we may have to put out two records. We don’t want to take songs off. We’re really proud of it. We think it fits well together as a body of work, it was well rounded. We’re really excited for people to hear it.
This coming weekend, Full Metal Jackie will welcome Mike Schleibaum of Darkest Hour to her show. Full Metal Jackie can be heard on radio stations around the country — for a full list of stations, go to fullmetaljackieradio.com.