Las Vegas metallers FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH have hit No. 1 at the Active Rock format with the band’s current single “Coming Down”. The track is the tenth consecutive Top 10 hit, cementing the act’s position as one of the most relevant at the format.
Going back to “The Bleeding” in the spring of 2008, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is one of the most heavily played bands at rock radio, as “Never Enough”, “Stranger Than Fiction”, “Hard To See”, “Walk Away”, “Bad Company”, “Far From Home”, “Under And Over It”, and most recently “Remember Everything”, each has become an anthem in its own right. The band’s current album, “American Capitalist”, continues to sell extremely well, with 440,000 copies sold since its debut at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart last October. The imminent gold certification of the band’s third record and cumulative track downloads exceeding one million sold proves that there are few acts more successful than FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH.
Commented FIVE FINGER singer Ivan Moody, “Radio stations across the U.S., and basically the whole world, have been very supportive of the band. We are grateful and remain indebted to them for stepping behind us, and as our fan base continues to grow year after year, it is clear that rock radio is far from dead. People are listening. With ‘Coming Down’, there is obviously a deep message of hope this song lyrically offers. To have success on the radio with a track that is so meaningful to me personally, and many others, is an amazing feeling.”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Jason Hook revealed in a new interview with Billboard.com that the band already has “probably six to eight songs worked up” for its next album and that the group is “probably going to be working on new material all the way up until the New Year, and then we’ll start tracking in mid-January, maybe.”
“The idea behind that is just to keep the creative muscle worked out,” Hook explained. “It’s just like going to the gym; if you stop for a year, you lose all your strength. It’s easy to get lazy and get sort of soft. We’re in the business of making music; touring is great, but we should always be prepared and always exercising that creative muscle — in my opinion, anyway.”
He added, “It’s just like anything: if you come in unprepared you get what you get, but if you do a decent amount of preparation, then at least you have options. The records are the launch pad for everything else, and I want to make the records great. If we need 10 killer songs, I’d rather have 30 songs to pick from than have eight and need two desperately at the end. I don’t want to make records in a panic.”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is currently headlining the Trespass America tour, also featuring KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, TRIVIUM, POP EVIL and others.