Friday, September 11, 2015
Chris Kael: "Metal has never gone away"
Chris Kael was recently interviewed by Uproxx, you can read some excerpts below.
Uproxx: What does the title of the new album, Got Your Six, mean?
Chris Kael: It’s a military term that is talking about having someone’s back. Imagine you’re flying in formation, in the Air Force, and then imagine the face of a clock. Twelve o’clock is directly ahead of you and six o’clock is right behind you, so it basically means that the person behind you has your back.
We’ve had huge support from our fans over these years; we’ve had all kinds of messages from our fans saying that we’ve helped them get through whatever troubles they may have been having. And though there may have been some people saying that we’ve helped, I like to think that we were the soundtrack to them getting themselves through whatever kind of trouble they were going through. In the end, they’ve got our back and we’ve got theirs, and it made sense for us to go with that since this is our sixth record.
5FDP has a very special relationship with your fans, maybe more so than most artists.
It’s a new day and age in heavy metal rock and roll. Before Death Punch, I was a fan of music, and I’m a fan of music now, and I’ll continue to be one after Death Punch is long gone. It’s a nice, tight-knit community, and when we’re doing shows, if I want to see another band that’s playing with us, I’ll throw on a hoodie, tuck my beard inside, pull the hood up and go into the crowd to watch. So, if you see a tall shadowy looking figure in a hoodie out there, it’s a good chance it’s probably me checking out the opening bands. And we’re 100 percent approachable; people will recognize us and we’ll say hello and take pictures with them.
How is the new record different for 5FDP?
The new record was written with the intent of playing these songs live. We’ve got some huge hits with “Wrong Side of Heaven,” “Coming Down,” and “Remember Everything,” but that’s kind of slower fare. With this album, we kind of wanted to focus on hard-hitting, heavy stomping four-on-the-floor metal anthems, basically. “Jekyll and Hyde” was the first single we had come out, and one of the interesting things about that one is that the verses were actually taken from a voicemail recording that Ivan left on [guitarist] Jason Hook’s telephone. And the response so far has been overwhelmingly positive; like I said, we do read those Facebook comments!
Lamb of God (VII: Sturm und Drang) just debuted at No. 3 and Disturbed (Immortalized) at No. 1 on the Billboard charts for their recent albums. Do you see this as a popular resurgence of metal, and how do you think Got Your Six will do in its first week?
As far as metal coming back… that would infer that metal has gone away, and metal has never gone away. Metal lost support from outlets like MTV, but, then again, MTV plays no music. As it is, it’s about reality television shows. But anybody who has ever gone to a metal show recently can tell you that it has never gone away. We see the crowds.
We’ve had two Billboard No. 2 albums and I think a No. 3, as well, so with Got Your Six, I really want to call the Knuckleheads to arms! Let’s get this thing to No. 1 – it would make my own boyhood dream come true of having a No. 1 Billboard debut. We’re very fortunate that, at a time when people aren’t buying as many records as they used to back in the day, we still have a very supportive fan base hitting iTunes or buying physical copies of our music in record stores, and I fully expect that we’re going to come out swinging and join our brothers in Disturbed with a No. 1 album, as well.
Read the full interview at Uproxx.com