Gibson.com recently caught up with Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook to discuss his new signature Gibson Explorer M4-Sherman and the band’s forthcoming double album, ‘The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell,’ Volumes 1 and 2. A couple of excerpts from the chat can be found below.
Hook began by discussing his new signature model: “I wanted to take a classic instrument and hot rod it into a shredding machine—a high performance racecar,” he said. “I always liked the modern guitar player that did his thing on a classic instrument, like Zakk Wylde.”
The guitarist added that having a Gibson signature model in particular, was a dream come true: “It’s an American-made guitar with the finest craftsmanship and the finest quality of materials. It’s a legendary, world-famous brand… I switched to playing Explorers years ago, and I’ve been glued to that guitar ever since. I love it. It’s my favorite guitar.”
He even claimed the M4-Sherman was so good he got a tattoo of it: “I was so impressed that when I went to the Gibson headquarters to put the final touches on my signature guitar, we went out to dinner with a bunch of staff members and a bunch of the guys from the warehouse, and at the end, I said, ‘I’m going to go put a Gibson tattoo on my hand tonight, and I’m prepared to pay for anybody else who wants to join me!’”
He added: “I got three guys from the warehouse to do Gibson tattoos!”
Hook also discussed 5FDP’s new album, ‘The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell,’ Volume 1, which will be released on July 30: “We did a lot of preparation for this record…we started writing songs last year. We have a portable studio on the road, and we were deliberately trying to prepare in advance to have something to pick from when it came time to start working on the new album. It turns out that we had about 9 or 10 songs ready to go on day one. Those songs were recorded pretty quickly. Not completed, but the basic tracks were recorded, and then we just started writing more material, and before we knew it, we were at 20-something songs.”
Hook said that the every one of the songs the band wrote was too good to leave out and as a result, they decided to release them all in two installments.
Moreover, he explained that the tracks featured on ‘The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell,’ Volumes 1 and 2 were structured so that each album had equal potency: “…what we ended up doing was spreading the material out evenly across both records so that it wasn’t black and white, night and day. We decided to shuffle the songs equally so both albums had the same potency. We didn’t want one record to outshine the other or to have one record be heavy and one record be soft. We wanted it to be one evenly spread out, potent package. We wanted it be one consistently spread out group of songs.”