Jeff Niesel of Scene magazine recently conducted an interview with guitarist Jason Hook of Las Vegas metallers FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Scene: The band started in Los Angeles but you all live in Vegas now?
Jason: Yeah, we all moved to Vegas over the course of the last three years. It has mostly to do with the fact that we started in L.A. but when any band starts operating on an international level, you’re never home and you’re always traveling and touring. In Vegas, we all secured these great houses for half price. The city can be in complete disaster but all we need is an airport. It seemed to make logical sense. Getting to L.A. from here is no big deal.
Scene: Talk about what it was like playing shows in Iraq?
Jason: Well, we have been there twice. We went to Kuwait the second time to cheer up a bunch of our friends who work for the military. It’s designed to be a morale lifter and they get a sense for what the guys want and we were on the top of the list. We’re happy to donate our time to make those guys feel better. That’s not on the regular beaten path of any circuit. It’s a rare opportunity for us to see something you don’t normally get to see.
Scene: Are the songs [on the latest FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH album, “American Capitalist”] written about the country’s economic collapse?
Jason: Not really. We just like the mentality of capitalism. Everyone is trying to get ahead and trying to strike it rich or come up with an idea and trying to capitalize. Some are better than others. I think it’s a good thing. The people who are successful don’t accidentally fall into the successful hole. It usually comes from motivation, intelligence and hard work. Those are the people who inspire me. I don’t relate to the guy who sits on the sidewalk with a sign that says “I’m getting screwed.” For me, I’m from Canada, so I busted my ass trying to learn and grow and take chances and risks. To call the record “American Capitalist” is saying we’re A-type personalities and that’s supposed to inspire.
Read the entire interview from Scene magazine.