Five Finger Death Punch Talk ‘House of the Rising Sun’ Video, Touring + More
Five Finger Death Punch are enjoying a big year thanks to their two 2013 albums 'The Wrong Side of Heaven and The Righteous Side of Hell' Parts 1 and 2. The group was nominated in several categories at Wednesday night's Revolver Golden Gods ceremony and they spoke to the media on the Golden Gods black carpet.
While there, Loudwire got a few minutes with Five Finger Death Punch's Ivan Moody and Chris Kael (who ended up winning Best Bassist at the Golden Gods) to discuss their recently released 'House of the Rising Sun' video, their touring plans and more. Check out our chat below:
The video for 'House of the Rising Sun,' that's pretty amazing! How fun was that to shoot?
Ivan Moody: It was fantastic, man. I think it was one of the best experiences we've had making a video thus far. It was the post-apocalyptic, Western set and we had helicopters and hot rods and hot chicks. I thought it was fantastic.
Chris Kael: Yeah, and we recorded it 30 minutes outside of Vegas, didn't really have to go anywhere to do it. So we were right at home, right in the middle of the desert and it was the perfect setting for us.
And Zoltan had a big role in this as well ...
CK: It was cool kind of watching things come together in its infancy and the idea stage slowly start to take form. Zoltan directed the video, so he was kind of able to get things going. He pulled some favors from some good friends and got the hot rods that we see out there and it just all came together quite well.
Ivan, 'House of the Rising Sun' is such a great song and has been covered many times over. What was it about that track that made you want to cover it, too?
IM: For me, I grew up on old-school rock 'n' roll. My mother raised me right -- everything from Fleetwood Mac and the Doors to Pink Floyd and so on and so forth. But The Animals was always one of those bands that people always just looked over, but I thought that song was just so infectious. It's just kind of evil, twisted and really laid out well and it just seemed like it was something that we could take and reinvent for ourselves and bring to kids these days who may not have ever heard it. I'm so proud of the way it turned out. I think it's one of the best songs, and I hate to say it because we didn't write it, but it's probably one of the best songs that we've ever done.
I remember last year, there was some some quizzing of the fans to see who they would like to see tour with you. Are Five Finger Death Punch thinking about bringing back Trespass America this year?
IM: You know, we really don't want to let the cat out of the bag, so to speak. We've got a lot going on and all I can really say is we will give you the best tour of the year at the end of this season.
CK: We're all working on it right now and it's going to be massive. We're really proud of the upcoming tour and we can't say anything yet, but it's the biggest tour of the year for sure.
And speaking of big tours, you guys were great last year at Mayhem ...
IM: Oh yeah, man, playing with Rob [Zombie]. He's a great dude and a cool artist and he taught us a lot too. We're going to bring everything we ever learned and encompass it into everything this fall. It's going to be out of this world, man, no bulls--t.
I just loved seeing all the circle pits going, and I'm wondering what it's like for you onstage to have that much energy coming from the crowd.
CK: That's what we feed off of. If you don't have that give and take, and if we're not giving it, the crowd's not going to react. And if the crowd's not going crazy, it's going to be difficult for us to get into it as well. It's a give and take, but I'll tell you, it's unbelievable to see that many people in a circle crowd surfing and going crazy at a metal show all because of the music you're playing.
IM: And we're just so proud of our fan base. Man, you've got to give it up to them. We've got the most loyal fans on earth and probably the most craziest fans I've seen since the Pantera days. So it's always a blessing.
Our thanks to Ivan and Chris of 5FDP for taking the time to chat with us. Pick up Parts 1 and 2 of 'The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell' at iTunes, and click here to see the band's current tour itinerary, which includes a number of big spring rock festivals.
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