Flat Black, the new band featuring former Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook has shared two new songs, It’s Your Lack of Respect” and “Halo.” Watch the video for “It’s Your Lack of Respect” below, and listen to “Halo” here.
The band has signed with Fearless Records for its debut album, the details of which will be announced soon. The album, produced by Hook, was recorded at both Hook’s home studio and The Hideout in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Flat Black will support Godsmack on tour this fall; get tickets here.
“I didn’t want to play it safe with the first release,” Hook said. “Sure, there are other songs on the album that are more geared towards radio, but to me, ‘It’s Your Lack of Respect’ makes a statement. It’s unapologetically defiant, which is how I feel as a songwriter and we feel as band in today’s seemingly homogenized rock landscape.”
“I love ‘Halo’ because the song sets a dark, sinister mood,” Hook said. “‘Its charm is all about the contrast between the piano part and the guitar riff, not to mention the big chorus and guitar solo—to me, that’s the Flat Black sound.”
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:
8/26 — 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