Five Finger Death Punch has issued a statement in response to the lawsuit filed against the band last week by its label, Prospect Park. As reported on Wednesday (April 27th), Prospect Park claimed it was suing the band for breach of contract, alleging that the group wanted to rush the recording of a new album without proper creative input from the label and in order to “cash in” before the anticipated “downfall” of singer Ivan Moody, who was revealed to be in rehab.
Five Finger Death Punch’s statement read:
“Desperate people do desperate things.
“We are saddened, but not surprised by the recent lawsuit filed by Prospect Park, LLC against the members of Five Finger Death Punch. It is the latest in a long line of exploitative and abusive bullying tactics used by our former manager and current label CEO Jeff Kwatinetz to extract money from and wield power against the band.
“Jeff Kwatinetz is well-known as a former music industry powerhouse whose erratic behavior and affiliated corporate bankruptcies have caused most of his companies’ clients, including Backstreet Boys, Korn, Smashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction and Azalea Banks to flee in droves. In fact, we also fired Prospect Park management four years ago in an effort to escape an arrangement that more resembled indentured servitude. Five Finger Death Punch’s recordings are now one of Prospect Park’s last remaining and most valuable assets still under contract.
“Five Finger Death Punch is prepared to record and deliver the final album this year under its recording agreement, but instead of allowing us to record, Prospect Park has chosen to sue us, hold us for ransom and squeeze extra money out of its contract rights by attempting to sell an interest in future recordings. What’s worse is that Prospect Park very deliberately filed their meritless lawsuit the same week we are trying to put our fall co-headlining arena tour on sale.
“In its lawsuit, Prospect Park states that Five Finger Death Punch has plateaued and that its sound is stale, yet on multiple occasions and in writing Mr. Kwatinetz referred to the most recent album, Got Your Six, as the band’s ‘best album yet.’ Five Finger Death Punch is the best-selling Active Rock band of the last 24 months and one of the top-selling Active Rock bands of this decade. Every single first week album sales figure has been higher than the last. In fact, there is not one shred of evidence to suggest that Five Finger Death Punch’s career remains on any trajectory other than an upward one. Any statement or suggestion that Five Finger Death Punch is suffering from some kind of slump is untrue.
“Prospect Park does not want us to record our next album with Kevin Churko, who at this point is part of our family and who has produced the last five of our six albums. As for the creative process, Mr. Kwatinetz has never been to the studio during the making of any of our albums, he has never met Mr. Churko and Prospect Park repeatedly failed to pay Mr. Churko on time.
“As for our singer, Ivan Moody, his issues are no secret and were recently and successfully addressed with the love and support of his family and bandmates in a rehabilitation facility. Never once did Prospect Park Management or Recordings support any efforts to get him sober, preferring the band continue making albums and touring.
“We are confident that the evidence will expose the allegations in Prospect Park’s complaint as completely meritless and that the band will recover substantial damages and be released from any further obligations to Prospect Park based on the cross-complaint that we intend to file.”
- In its lawsuit, Prospect Park accused the band of “shamelessly attempting to cash in before the anticipated downfall of their addicted bandmate.” In addition, Prospect Park wanted more time to promote Got Your Six, and asked the band to provide just two new songs for a greatest-hits collection in the interim.
- But the group allegedly rejected that plan, insisting instead on recording a new full-length album. According to the lawsuit, Five Finger Death Punch’s four-album contract prohibits the band from beginning to record a new effort until at least nine months have passed since the release of the previous one.
- The label said in its lawsuit that it wants to “prevent the band from disregarding the health and safety of a bandmate and destroying itself.”
- In addition to its concern over Moody’s well-being, the label alleged in the suit that “radio has told Prospect Park that the ‘sound’ of FFDP is getting stale, requiring greater creative input” in the recording of its next album.
- Five Finger Death Punch earlier this week announced a new co-headlining arena tour with Shinedown that will kick off on October 18th in Little Rock, Arkansas and run into December.Sixx A.M. and As Lions will be along as support. Ticket sales begin on Thursday (April 28th).
- Whose side of the story do you believe?
- Was Five Finger Death Punch smart to get out a response so quickly and come clean about Moody being in rehab?
- Do you think the band has grown “stale”? Or can you see them becoming more popular?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?
Derek Baker wrote: “They could always replace Ivan with the dude from Puddle Of Mudd. I’m sure he could use the moolah.”
Randy Brown wrote: “They could use a new producer cuz last couple albums have been, well, stale regurgitating preprogrammed s**t.”
John W. Hill wrote: “The best part of this whole story is that the record label says the band is threatening to record a new album. Nobody wants that. Am I right?”
Brandon King wrote: “Love this band. I hope Ivan got the help he needs. He has a great voice and is more talented than anyone seems to want to admit. Seems a bit early to start working on a new album though, and I can’t stand the sound Kevin gives to the bands he produces.”
Paul Fon wrote: “I think these guys are straight garbage, but the label obviously trying to force a more commercial producer on them is absurd. They’re already commercial as f**k!”