ArtistDirect.com interviewed Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach and Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody about the Trespass America tour, which FFDP are headlining and KsE are providing support on.
Says Jesse about the tour, which also features Trivium, among other bands, "Number one, what I really enjoy is it's a metal and rock tour and you're getting diversity so not everybody sounds the same. You get a cross-section of fans. It's great exposure for the younger bands. It's even great exposure for a band like us because some of the Five Finger Death Punch fans may not have gone to our shows previously, and I know we've gained some fans because of this tour. It's cool. It's like a big summer camp out here, and I love it."
He also talks about how lyrics in heavy music have changed over the years, saying, "When we were growing up in the '80s, the whole joke was, 'Kill your mother. Kill your father.' A lot of heavy music these days doesn't have that message. There's a lot of positivity that comes through. Kids who have come from broken homes or messed up lives have found a way to turn their lives around and spread that message. Kids need somebody to tell them it's going to be alright, especially at a young age. That's what I've taken upon myself. I know what it's like being screwed up, heavy into drugs, and forgetting your place in life. It's nice to have someone who's a little older say, 'Hey man, you're going to get through it. I've been there and done that.'"
Killswitch Engage tour dates run through August 28; find a show near you!