Saturday, June 27, 2015

Five Finger Death Punch's Ivan Moody about new song "Jekyll And Hyde": "I think it's one of the best songs we've ever written"


Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody and guitarist Jason Hook recently talked with Metal Hammer about new song "Jekyll And Hyde", below you can read some excerpts.


Regarding the song's inception, Jason Hook said: "Ivan Moody is a total caveman. In 2015, we have every device known to God for recording yourself or capturing an idea in MP3 and e-mailing it somewhere, but he has no technical savvy at all. He's always, like, 'I had a great idea last night, but I had no way of capturing it.' So one night I told Ivan, 'No matter what, if you have ideas, call me and leave them on my voicemail.' A year later, I'm at home looking through old hard drives and old folders on my computer, and I come across this Pro Tools session that had a bunch of voicemails from Ivan dumped into the computer from my phone. I open this session and I start listening through these voicemail song ideas. He sketches out the lyrics and vibe for this one idea, so I start laying a little riff underneath it, and then I start creating another section where I cut some of his words and made a little chorus. I sent it out to everybody and said, 'I don't know what you think, but this is something that Ivan left on my voicemail a year ago,' and they were, like, 'Ooh! That's pretty cool!' That actual voicemail ended up staying in the song! What you hear in the first verse is all from that voicemail message."

Ivan Moody said: "What happened was that it was, like, 4 a.m. and I was up writing, and I looked on the Internet and saw that somebody had posted on my Facebook page, but I don't even have a Facebook page. So that was the start of it. At the very bottom, there was a media release saying that I had died, that I had overdosed in some club in New York. This rhythm popped into my head, this quick 4/4 beat, and I knew that Zoltan Bathory would be sleeping and Jeremy Spencer hates when I call him late. So I left it on Jason's voicemail, and it was the beginning of 'Jekyll And Hyde'. It ended up being a fantastic fucking song. I think it's one of the best we've ever written."