Flat Black, the new band featuring former Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook, has signed with Fearless Records for the release of its debut album. The album was recorded at Hook’s home studio in Las Vegas, Nevada, and produced by Hook. Further details are not yet available.
In addition, Flat Black will support Godsmack starting in late August into October 2023. Get tickets here.
“I feel like Flat Black is a secret I’ve been keeping for three years,” Hook said. “It’s finally time to unleash this band on the world. I’m grateful to Sully from Godsmack for giving us the chance to get out on the road and play for such an amazing group of fans.”
Hook was the lead guitarist of Five Finger Death Punch from 2009 to 2020, leaving the band just prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic with the desire to assume creative control of his next project.
“As a musician, I crave freedom and I wasn’t ready to stop creating,” he said.
“Life is short,” he continued. “We all want to feel satisfied and happy with what we are trying to accomplish in life.”
The pandemic shutdown allowed Hook the opportunity to assemble the right musicians and carefully craft their debut album.
Singer Wes Horton was introduced to music at age 13, thanks to his sister and “Guitar Hero.” He honed his vocal chops by playing in local bands and making online videos. Various music industry friends and acquaintances became the connective tissue between himself and Hook. Horton knew he wanted to be a frontman, and Flat Black afforded him that opportunity.
Bassist Nick Diltz, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, is the son of a legendary rock music photographer who brought him to concerts during his formative years. He recalls being inspired by watching a VHS video of U2 performing at legendary venue Red Rocks. Seeing fans clamoring for a piece of Bono in the footage is a vision that never left his head.
Drummer Rob Pierce hails from Nashville, Tennessee. His dad was a race car driver, and his grandfather was a pastor. He grew up racing go-karts and wanted to follow in his dad’s footsteps until he joined the fourth-grade band and was bitten by the music bug. He chose the snare drum over the saxophone, and from that moment on, music was the only thing that mattered. Pierce got his first drum kit at age 11, which he set up in his dad’s car shop. He learned to play his instrument next to 1,000 horsepower engines, which influences his energetic style to this day.
Flat Black tour dates:
8/24 — Irvine, CA — FivePoint Amphitheatre
8/26 — Las Vegas, NV — Bakk
8/27 — San Diego, CA — North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
8/31 — Austin, TX — Germania Insurance Amphitheater
9/3 — Baton Rouge, LA — Raising Cane’s River Center
9/5 — Pensacola, FL — Pensacola Bay Center
9/6 — Jacksonville, FL — Daily’s Place
9/7 — Charleston, SC — Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center
9/9 — Tampa, FL — MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
9/10 — Hollywood, FL — Hard Rock Live
9/24 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH — Blossom Music Center
9/26 — Green Bay, WI — Resch Center
9/28 — Moline, IL — Vibrant Arena
9/29 — Omaha, NE — Baxter Arena
10/1 — Rapid City, SD — Summit Arena at The Monument
10/3 — Salt Lake City, UT — Maverik Center
10/4 — Nampa, ID — Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
10/8 — Kent, WA — Accesso ShoWare Center
10/10 — Abbostford, BC — Abbotsford Centre
10/12 — Edmonton, AB — Rogers Place
10/13 — Calgary, AB — Scotiabank Saddledome
10/15 — Saskatoon, SK — SaskTel Centre
10/16 — Winnipeg, MB — Canada Life Centre
10/19 — London, ON — Budweiser Gardens
10/21 — Laval, QC — Place Bell
10/22 — Quebec City, QC — Videotron Centre