Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook has said that the key to sustaining the near unparalleled success that the band has had over the past few years is sobriety.
Speaking with Music Radar, Hook explained that he is far more productive creatively when he is not drinking: “I’m writing songs every day, sobriety gives you an incredible amount of extra hours.”
He added that the majority of the members from Five Finger Death Punch now adhere to a strict discipline, which includes avoiding substance abuse: “There’s nothing more exciting than when your band is connecting with people – when it’s really working out. But that’s when everyone in a band can start to get soft, start using drugs and sleeping all day. But we look at it that now is the time to really press the gas. It’s way more exciting and motivating when you know people out there want to hear your music.”
In a separate interview with the Phoenix News Times, Hook elaborated further: “You know, we’re sober now. There’s no alcohol, drugs, or those shenanigans. So we’re workaholics now. Sobriety and a strong work ethic get us out of bed pretty early in the morning. So that’s what we do, really. Our next project is album four, and it better be freaking great, so we want to get a good head start.”
In the Music Radar interview, Hook stated that the band plan on having around thirty songs prepared for when they begin recording the follow-up to their acclaimed 2011 album ‘American Capitalist:’ “In today’s climate of sharing, stealing, cloning, ripping, e-mailing and downloading – it’s critical that the records are not just okay, they have to be incredible…You need ten great songs so you have a choice – you can either show up on day one and say, ‘let’s try to write ten great songs,’ or show up on day one and have maybe 30 songs prepared and try to whittle it down to the best ten.”