Ready to Rock? Interview with Jeremy Spencer of Five Finger Death Punch
You like it hard and loud? Well, then this tour is perfect for you. Big Dog 106 presents Dog Jam with the Metal Hammer Trespass America Tour headlined by Five Finger Death Punch, who puts on one of the best live shows in the business. The tour will play Ford Pavilion on Saturday, July 28, with gates opening at 4 p.m. Tickets are $46, $36, $26, $22 and can be purchased at the Ford Park office and other Ticketmaster outlets. For set times, see below.
Also sharing the stage will be Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Emmure, Pop Evil, God Forbid and Battle Cross. The first band is scheduled to take the stage at 5 p.m.
From Los Angeles, Five Finger Death Punch (5FDP) is touring in support of their third studio album, American Capitalist, which reached No. 3 on the Billboard rock chart. This will be the band’s second visit to Beaumont; they played the Montagne Center on Oct. 21, 2007, when they opened for Korn.
This five-piece consists of Ivan Moody (vocals), Zolton Bathory (rhythm guitar), Jason Hook (lead guitar), Chris Kael (bass) and Jeremy Spencer (drums). They entered the scene in 2007 with The Way of the Fist, which produced the popular singles “The Bleeding,” “Never Enough” and “Stranger Than Fiction.” FFDP toured with Korn and landed a coveted spot on the main stage at Download Festival in 2009.
The band returned to the studio and released War Is the Answer in 2009, which also reached gold status. It took the band to new heights and provided more great rock with songs such as “Hard to See,” “Walk Away,” “Dying Breed,” “No One Gets Left Behind,” “Far From Home” and the remake of Bad Company’s 1974 hit “Bad Company.” They again hit the road headlining the “Shock & Raw” Tour and also played on Mayhem Festival and were once again asked to play Download Festival in Donington Park, England.
American Capitalist has not been a let down. Produced by Kevin Churko, who has worked on projects with Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, Hinder and In This Moment, this record received high praise and the first single “Under and Over It” went No. 1 on the SiriusXM Octane rock chart. Other hits included “Back for More,” “Remember Everything” and the newest, “Coming Down.”
The Examiner spoke with drummer Jeremy Spencer before he took the stage in Bismarck, N.D.
Tell me about the production on this tour. I hear the stage show is crazy.
It’s absolutely the biggest we’ve ever done. It’s three times the amount of lights that we had on the Share the Wealth Tour. It’s insane. Let’s just say I am up close and personal with the crowd. It’s very exciting, so I don’t want to give it all away.
You guys tour a lot, and this one is six weeks long. How do you keep from burning out?
For starters, I exercise and eat healthy. I also make plenty time of stretching and warming up as well. You have to do that to stay in shape and be on top of your game. I don’t party anymore, either. You reach a point and say, ‘Are you going to take this serious or are you just out here for a good time?’ This is my life and I try to stay as healthy as possible.
On the new record ‘American Capitalist,’ the song ‘Coming Down,’ is the newest single yet has a different 5FDP sound.
Our guitar player Jason Hook wrote that song. He brought that song into the studio as a starter idea. I heard the acoustic part at the beginning of the song and really liked it. As a band, we haven’t had that yet, and we thought it would be a good place to go for. Ivan nailed the vocal performance and I think it really worked out great. The video added to the song and we got a lot of positive feedback. It’s also done well at radio, which has been nice.
Only three albums in, you guys sure do know how to keep a fan base. Your fans love you.
First and foremost, I think it’s the songs. We write songs about personal experiences that people can relate to. If you connect people with your songs, I think people will want to continue to listen to your stories. We also try to outdo ourselves every time we are on stage. But even before we were signed to a record deal, we put songs up on MySpace and had a legion of fans come on board and have been with us ever since. We are very grateful to have such as great fan base.
When did drums become a part of your life?
I got a KISS record when I was really young, and I would just stare at the album cover. My grandma bought me a drum kit from Sears for $80. As far as I was concerned, I was Peter Criss. Yeah, I thought I was a member of KISS. It took off from there.
I read somewhere you would like to be involved in football and create a league for under-privileged kids in Las Vegas.
I’ve always loved football. I would love to coach at some capacity, but I don’t have the credentials. I would love to create something for kids to give them a chance to play football. It would be a way to get involved and do something for kids at the same time. Las Vegas could use something like that. I’m definitely going to push to do it.
Any new material on the horizon?
We have some ideas already demoed. As soon as we get done with the Trespass America Tour, we are going to go home and start recording the new record. We plan on having something out next year for sure.
Gates @ 4p; Battlecross @ 5–5:20p; God Forbid @ 5:35–6p; Emmure @ 6:15-6:45p; Pop Evil @ 7p–7:30p; Trivium @ 7:45–8:20p; Killswitch Engage @ 8:45–9:30p; Five Finger Death Punch @ 9:50–11:05p