A Little Bit Off

"A Little Bit Off" is a song by American rock band Five Finger Death Punch. It was their second single off of their eighth studio album F8. It topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart in June 2020.

"A Little Bit Off"
Single by Five Finger Death Punch
from the album F8
ReleasedJune 8, 2020 (2020-06-08)
Recorded2019
GenreRock[1]
Length3:11
LabelBetter Noise
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Kevin Churko
Five Finger Death Punch singles chronology
"Inside Out"
(2019)
"A Little Bit Off"
(2020)

BackgroundEdit

The song was released as the second single from the band's eighth studio album, F8. A music video was released on June 8, 2020.[2] The video is self-referential to the struggles they encountered to make the music video; their record label was urging them record a music video for the song, which was already climbing up the rock music charts, but production issues kept occurring due to the COVID 19 pandemic.[3][2] The video documents how support staff was limited and many things in production had to be cut.[4] In the end, the video is relatively minimalist, featuring guitarist Zoltan Bathory and bassist Chris Kael dressed up as an angel and demon playing chess, and frontman Ivan Moody singing in a deserted downtown Las Vegas backdrop in the middle of the day.[5]

In June 2020, the song topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs, making it the band's ninth song to do so.[6] In addition to being one of the bands with the most chart toppers for the long-running chart, the song was also one of the first to top Billboard's newly-created Hot Hard Rock Songs chart.[6]

Themes and compositionEdit

"A Little Bit Off" is a rock song driven by an acoustic guitar riff.[1] Lyrically, the song has been described as about frontman Ivan Moody's "laundry list of little anxieties" and his previous struggles related to mental health and alcohol addiction.[7][1] Retroactively, band members would allude to the song's message as being relevant to people's emotions during the Coronavirus pandemic as well.

ReceptionEdit

Loudwire named it one of the best rock songs of 2020, praising its emotional lyrics for being "open and honest" about mental health.[1]

PersonnelEdit

  • Ivan Moody – lead vocals
  • Zoltan Bathory – rhythm guitar
  • Jason Hook – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris Kael – bass, backing vocals
  • Charlie Engen – drums, percussion

ChartsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Richardson, Chad ChildersJake. "Best Rock Songs of 2020 (So Far)". Loudwire.
  2. ^ a b "FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Releases Music Video For 'A Little Bit Off'". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. June 8, 2020.
  3. ^ "Five Finger Death Punch's 'A Little Bit Off' Video". Billboard. June 9, 2020.
  4. ^ "Five Finger Death Punch Releases Quarantined 'A Little Bit Off' Music Video". June 8, 2020.
  5. ^ "Five Finger Death Punch's new video feels "A Little Bit Off" - Music News - ABC News Radio". abcnewsradioonline.com.
  6. ^ a b Rutherford, Kevin. "Five Finger Death Punch's 'A Little Bit Off' Crowns Mainstream Rock, Hot Hard Rock Songs Charts". MSN. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  7. ^ Trapp, Philip. "REVIEW: Five Finger Death Punch's 'F8' Is Great — Despite What Haters Think". Loudwire.
  8. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – RADIO – TOP 100 and insert 202039 into search. Retrieved September 29, 2020.
  9. ^ "Five Finger Death Punch Chart History (Hot Rock & Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Five Finger Death Punch Chart History (Rock Airplay)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Five Finger Death Punch Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Hot Rock & Alternative Songs – Year-End 2020". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2020.