Exclusive Interview: Five Finger Death Punch drummer Jeremy Spencer says Trespass America is packed with variety
Five Finger Death Punch are out on the road, headlining the 2012 Trespass America Tour this summer. The lineup features a crop of metal and hard rock bands, including Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Pop Evil, Emmure, God Forbid and Battlecross. That’s perfect for Five Finger, whose hard-hitting music has notched the guys a crop of rock radio hits, including “Remember Everything,” “Under and Over It,” “The Bleeding” and their omnipresent cover of “Bad Company.”
Longtime Five Finger Death Punch drummer Jeremy Spencer checked in with Audio Ink Radio to talk about Trespass America, his fondness for glam rock band Kiss and when to expect a new Five Finger studio album. Check out the chat below, and for more information on the Trespass America Tour, head to the trek’s official website.
Everybody’s talking about original vocalist Jesse Leach being back in Killswitch Engage. Are you excited that the band’s debut trek is with Five Finger Death Punch?
Yeah, I’m a big fan of Killswitch. I like both eras: the Howard [Jones] era and the Jesse era. But it does seem like they have a renewed sense of energy, and they’re great guys, and we love their records, and it’s a lot of fun to watch them before we play. It gets up pumped up!
Who are some of the drummers who first inspired you to get behind the kit?
When it was really young, I got my first Kiss album. I remember staring at the album cover and being so enthralled by the way it looked and the live spectacle. My grandma got me little drum kit, and it was terrible, but I banged on it and pretended to be member of Kiss, and from then on, I was brought into the world of rock and roll and wanted to do this for a living.
Tell me about the lineup for Trespass America and what kind of bands you strove to get on the bill.
Have a diverse lineup was really important. I think if you have all the bands sounding the same, it gets boring for the fans, so this makes for a diverse bill. You’ve got super brutal. You’ve got bands who have heavy records like Killswitch. You’ve got more melodic bands like Pop Evil. Then, you have us, who kind of covers the whole gamut. [Laughs]
Do you have any plans brewing for your next studio album?
Absolutely! We have a portable studio on tour, so when have some down time and feel creative, we get to document ideas. After the festival, that’s when we’re really going to get serious and lock ourselves away and focus on the next album, and we’re hoping to get something out by next summer.
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