Jeremy Spencer (drummer)

Jeremy Spencer Heyde[1] is an American musician, songwriter and record producer, best known as the former drummer of heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch. He is currently the frontman of PsychoSexual, an industrial metal/gothic rock band where he performs under the name Devil Daddy.[2]

Jeremy Spencer
Spencer performing with Five Finger Death Punch in 2014
Spencer performing with Five Finger Death Punch in 2014
Background information
Birth nameJeremy Spencer Heyde
Also known asDevil Daddy
BornOakland City, Indiana, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • producer
Instruments
  • Drums
  • percussion
  • vocals
Years active2005–present
Labels
Associated acts

In 2012, Spencer was named Golden God's "Best Drummer" by Revolver Magazine,[3] and was voted "Best Drummer of 2015" by Loudwire.[4] He was also voted "Best Drummer" at the 5th Annual Loudwire Music Awards.[5]

CareerEdit

Spencer started playing drums at age of nine on a drum set his grandmother purchased at Sears.[citation needed] Spencer's musical influences include a lot of 1980s metal. Growing up in Boonville, Indiana, he was a member of several local bands, one of which (Cornucopia of Death) opened in Indianapolis for Pantera, when he was 17.[citation needed] After high school, Spencer moved to Los Angeles, where he met BulletBoys guitarist Mick Sweda. In L.A., he became friends with future Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook. Spencer played in a number of bands, with the typical frustration of unreleased material and shelved projects—while working a variety of odd jobs—including recording tracks with heavy metal band W.A.S.P.[citation needed]

Spencer's autobiography, Death Punch'd – Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal Mayhem, was published on September 2, 2014 by HarperCollins imprint Dey St,[6] and named a New York Times Celebrity Bestseller.[7]

Five Finger Death Punch (2005–2018)Edit

 
Spencer performing in 2017

In 2005, Spencer and former U.P.O. bassist, Zoltan Bathory, formed the heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch, with vocalist Ivan Moody, bassist Matt Snell (replaced by Chris Kael in 2011), and guitarist Caleb Bingham (replaced by Darrell Roberts in 2006, then by Jason Hook in 2009).

The group recorded its first album in 2006. They signed a record deal with Firm Music and on July 10, 2007, released an EP called "Pre-Emptive Strike"[8] from their debut album, The Way of the Fist, followed by the album's lead single, "The Bleeding". The album was certified Gold[9] and spawned three Top 10 singles.[10] The band's second album, War Is the Answer, debuted at #7 on Billboard Top 200[11]—staying in the Top 100 for 89 weeks and selling over 500,000 units.[12] American Capitalist, debuted at #3 on the Billboard Album charts[13] (October 2011) and achieved Gold status (September 2012). "Coming Down" is the band's first #1 single (2012). In 2013, Five Finger Death Punch released The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol I & II. Both volumes debuted at #2 on Billboard's Hot 200 Album Chart. The first single, Lift Me Up (with Rob Halford of Judas Priest), reached #1 on the Active Rock Chart and won the Revolver Golden Gods Award for "Song of the Year". In 2015, Got Your Six debuted at #1 on the Billboard top album charts.

For a fall 2018 tour with Breaking Benjamin, Spencer was replaced by Charlie Engen in order to undergo surgery on his back. On December 18, it was announced that Spencer would not be returning to the band due to the damage in his back.[14]

Post-drumming career and PsychoSexual (2018–present)Edit

On December 18, 2018, it was announced that Spencer had departed the band permanently.[14] In June 2019, it was announced that Jeremy Spencer has continued the band's support of 1st responders and was sworn in as a reserve police officer in Indiana.[15]

On September 17, 2019, it was announced that Spencer would be acting, co-directing, writing and providing the music for the erotic horror parody series Lady Killer TV, which he also created. In the announcement, he stated: "I've had this idea in my head for a long time, and it was now or never in terms of pulling the trigger and making this series happen."[16] The series features several prominent pornographic actors and actresses, such as Tori Black, Adriana Chechik and Tommy Pistol.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Spencer is the son of novelist Austin Gary and actress Glory Heyde (née Kissel).[18] His sister Rachel Rockwell was an acclaimed stage director before her death in 2018.[19] He currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Loudwire (October 8, 2014). "Five Finger Death Punch's Jeremy Spencer - Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?" – via YouTube.
  2. ^ "Ex-5FDP Drummer JEREMY SPENCER Unveils New Rock Project PyschoSexual's Anime/Horror Video "I Wanna Be The Blood In Your Cut"". backstageaxxess.com. October 29, 2020. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 19, 2017. Retrieved February 27, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ 2012 Golden Gods Award: Best Drummer. RevolverMag.com. Retrieved July 2012, from http://www.revolvermag.com/goldengods2014/2012-golden-gods-winners/
  5. ^ 5th Annual Loudwire Music Awards (2015). Loudwire.com. Retrieved December 2015, from http://loudwire.com/5th-annual-loudwire-music-awards-vote-now/
  6. ^ "Death Punch'd - Jeremy Spencer - Paperback". HarperCollins Publishers: World-Leading Book Publisher.
  7. ^ New York Times" Celebrities Bestseller. Retrieved October 2014, from https://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/2014-10-26/celebrities/list.html?date=2014-10-26&category=celebrities&pagewanted=print/
  8. ^ Pre-Emptive Strike EP. Billboard.com. Retrieve July 2012, from https://www.billboard.com/music/five-finger-death-punch/chart-history/
  9. ^ FFDP Certified Gold. 93x.com Retrieve July 2012, from http://www.93x.com/Article.asp?id=2165446
  10. ^ FFDP 3 Top 1910s. Myspace.com Retrieve July 2012, from http://www.myspace.com/ffdp
  11. ^ 2009 War Is The Answer Album. Billboard.com. Retrieved July 2012, from https://www.billboard.com/music/five-finger-death-punch/chart-history/
  12. ^ Fiver Finger Death Punch Sales. Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved July 2012, from http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=153514
  13. ^ American Capitalist #3. Rougemag.co.uk. Retrieve July 2012, from http://www.roguemag.co.uk/five-finger-death-punch%E2%80%99s-new-album-american-capitalist-has-charted-at-3-on-the-us-billboard-top-200-chart/
  14. ^ a b Blabbermouth (December 18, 2018). "FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Parts Ways With Drummer JEREMY SPENCER". BLABBERMOUTH.NET.
  15. ^ "Jeremy Spencer Sworn In to be a Police Officer".
  16. ^ HARTMANN, GRAHAM. "Jeremy Spencer (Ex-FFDP) Is a Softcore Porn Star Now". Loudwire. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  17. ^ "Ex-FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Drummer JEREMY SPENCER Spoofs Classic Slasher Films With Adult Film Stars In 'LadyKiller TV'". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. September 17, 2019. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  18. ^ Artist Bios: Glory Kissel. GoodmanTheatre.org Retrieve July 2012, from https://www.goodmantheatre.org/Artists-Archive/creative-partners/actors/Glory-Kissel/
  19. ^ Jeff Award Winning Director Rachel Rockwell. fearnoartchicago.com Retrieve July 2012, from http://fearnoartchicago.com/jeff-award-winning-director-rachel-rockwell/

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