Jason Hook says Five Finger Death Punch are about halfway through making their next album.
The band are working on the follow-up to 2015’s Got Your Six. And what will be their seventh album will be their last for Prospect Park after their public falling out with the label. They will work with Rise Records once their obligations to Prospect Park come to an end.
And in an interview at Heavy Montreal, which can be heard below, guitarist Hook says the band couldn’t wait to get started on the record.
He says: “We’re probably about half done. We’re workaholics, we went right back in the studio. Every time we talk about taking a break it just doesn’t feel right. Sitting around it just feels like we could be doing something.
“We’re always concerned that we might lose momentum or that people will stop caring. I think we’re overachievers by nature.”
The row with Prospect Park included a claim by the label that the band were attempting to cash in on singer Ivan Moody’s substance abuse problems – a suggestion the band strongly deny.
With Moody sober, Hook says the band are in a good place.
He adds: “Of course we’re always paying attention to how Ivan is doing. But everybody moves at different speeds. He likes to get up and work from 6pm to 5am, everybody’s different and you have to allow them to be themselves and do what they do best when they are comfortable.
“We can always make tons of music and he comes in when he’s comfortable and starts layering himself on top. And he’s better than ever right now, he’s been great.”
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Hook blames Moody’s problems partly on the demands placed on the band while on the road.
“Nobody can really understand the feeling when you’re on tour,” he says. “It sounds like it’s one big party but it can be very tiring. Everybody wants something, like, ‘Hey I’m doing a solo record, could you do a solo.’ Or, ‘Hey it’s my wife’s birthday, can you call her?’
“Everybody wants something and it can become overwhelming. Sometimes people find ways to relieve the stress.”
The full interview with Jason Hook is set to appear on an upcoming episode of One On On With Mitch Lafon.
Five Finger Death Punch remaining tour dates 2016
Aug 26-28: Reading and Leeds Festivals, UK
Sep 09: Abbotsford Centre, BC
Sep 10: Penticton South Okanagan Centre, BC
Sep 11: Calgary Grey Eagle Casino, BC
Sep 13: Lethbridge Enmax Centre, AB
Sep 14: Regina Brandt Centre, SK
Sep 16: Medicine Hat Canalta Centre, AB
Sep 17: EdmontonRexall Place, AB
Sep 18: Saskatoon Sasktel Centre, SK
Sep 20: Winnipeg MTS Centre, MB
Sep 23: Oshawa GM Centre, ON
Sep 24: London Budweiser Gardens, ON
Sep 26: Quebec City Videotron Centre, QC
Sep 27: Moncton Moncton Coliseum, NB
Sep 28: Halifax Scotia Bank Centre, NS
Oct 18: Little Rock Verizon Arena, AR
Oct 22: Wichita Intrust Bank Arena, KS
Oct 23: Denver Pepsi Center, CO
Oct 25: West Valley City Maverik Center, UT
Oct 27: Phoenix Talking Stick Resort Arena, AZ
Oct 28: Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena, NV
Oct 29: Anaheim Honda Center, CA
Nov 02: Portland Moda Center, OR
Nov 03: Spokane Arena, WA
Nov 05: Tacoma Dome, WA
Nov 07: Boise Taco Bell Arena, ID
Nov 09: Billings MetraPark Fairgrounds, MT
Nov 11: Bismarck Civic Center, ND
Nov 17: Cincinnati US Bank Arena, OH
Nov 18: Louisville KFC Yum! Center, KY