Former Five Finger Death Punch bassist Matt Snell spoke warmly of his ex-bandmates on a recent interview with the “Talk Toomey” podcast.
Snell said: “I mean, the greatest thing about that band is that it just happened so quickly. We were at it for like a year or so before it really happened, so what people saw on a professional level, it happened really fast. But in the big picture, everybody in that band worked a long time. We worked twenty years to become an overnight success. So it was a great ride, a lot of fun. And playing everything from… I mean, I remember picking Ivan [Moody, vocals] up for his audition at a gas station.”
He continued: “All the way to playing [U.K.’s] Download [festival] and getting shut down for starting a riot in front of seventy thousand people. So that’s how big the scope of that was. And I got to go around the world a bunch of times and play hundreds of shows and helped build and create what is today this huge and powerful band. So, nothing but good memories from me. I love those guys. I hope they’re doing well… I don’t have any bad blood with any of those guys. They made their decision, and I’m the result of that decision, so… And I’m far from the first one. But who cares, you know? They’re my brothers, and I love them… I think people want there to be a problem. I think people want there to be some sort of drama there, and there isn’t a place for it. I hate to burst everyone’s bubble, but there just isn’t a problem there, and there never was.”
- Snell and the band parted ways in December 2010, but his exit was announced until April 2011. Chris Kael officially came on board in June of 2011 as bassist. While Five Finger Death Punch bandmates didn’t talk much about the way Snell and the band parted ways and the reasons behind it, guitarist Zoltan Bathory did tell Gun Shy Assassin that Snell was “fired.”
- Snell is currently playing with Invidia, a new project featuring Travis Johnson (In This Moment) fronting, Brian Jackson (Skinlab) on guitar and Chris Hamilton (Bloodsimple, Downset) on drums. Invidia is reportedly putting the finishing touches on its first album in Las Vegas with producer Logan Mader, who has worked with Five Finger Death Punch, among many others.
- Meanwhile, Five Finger Death Punch is putting the finishing touches on the music video for the song “My Nemesis,” the next single from the band’s latest album, Got Your Six. The track has already started leaping up the rock radio airplay chart, jumping last week from Number 33 to Number 19. The set’s two previous singles, “Jekyll And Hyde” and “Wash It All Away,” both reached the top of the survey.
Do you buy the “love” between Matt Snell and his ex-bandmates?