ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5 has released a cinematic music video for his solo song “Land Of The Misfit Toys”. The clip is set in 1980 and tells the tale of a young John Lowery who stumbles into a haunted house and becomes possessed by an entity. This entity gradually turns him into the guitar-shredding face-painted icon we all now know as John 5. “Land Of The Misfit Toys” is taken from John 5‘s brand new solo album, “Sinner”, which was released on Friday, October 29 via Big Machine Records and is available everywhere now. Watch the video below.
Speaking on the new track and accompanying video, John 5 shares: “‘Land of The Misfit Toys’ is my favorite track on the record. It’s a real epic and the longest track on the new album. I was watching a documentary on David Foster and how he would produce, arrange and build songs which really influenced me on the arrangement and production of this track.The camera that was used to film the video for ‘Land Of The Misfit Toys’ was the same camera that was used to film the new ‘Matrix’ movie that is coming out in December, which is pretty cool.The video tells the story of the 10-year-old John Lowery (played by my producer’s son), who stumbles into this haunted house and becomes possessed by an entity that causes him to start playing guitar and wearing the makeup. At the end of the video, he fully becomes John 5. Everybody knows that I’m a big fan of horror so this was a really fun video to make alongside director Chantal Savage.”
Orders the album here.
Speaking on the release of his first new music since 2019 and the announcement of “Sinner”, John 5 shares: “When people hear this record, I want them to say, ‘Oh, that’s John 5.’ What you get with ‘Sinner’ is the best of me. I just want to write memorable riffs that people will enjoy. When I sit on my couch and play my guitar, I play the same things you hear on the instrumental records. It’s honest. It’s real. It’s not a façade. This is how I play. This is what I love to do.”
He continues: “I have such an appreciation for Dave and I love his voice, guitar playing and songwriting. And he kills it on ‘Qué Pasa’. It was such a joy to have him on this track.”
“Sinner” was produced and mixed by Barry Pointer at Riott House Studio in North Hollywood. Drums were engineered by ex-GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke at Redrum Recording in Los Angeles.
As evidenced by the latest slab of sinister sounds, John 5, who moved to Hollywood as a teen to pursue his rock n’ roll dreams, follows his artistic muse wherever it leads. “Sinner” is ten tracks of pure John 5, summoned with the same mix of vibrant energy and passionate emotion beloved by fans of his work as guitarist for Rob Zombie, David Lee Roth and many more. SINNER is ten tracks full of hooks, melody, and thick guitar-driven groove. “Que Pasa” is just the first taste of what’s to come from the legendary guitarist on his latest full-length.
“Sinner” track listing:
1. Welcome To The Island
2. For I Have Sinned
3. Euphoria (feat. Carla Harvey)
4. Qué Pasa (feat. Dave Mustaine)
5. How High The Moon
7. Land Of The Misfit Toys
8. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
9. This Is How I Do It
10. Georgia On My Mind (feat. Peter Criss)
John 5 has worked with a varied range of artists, performing as guitarist for some of the biggest headlining rock bands in the world such as ROB ZOMBIE and MARILYN MANSON, as well as playing session with Paul Stanley, Rod Stewart, LYNYRD SKYNYRD and more. Slash has called John 5 “one of the most mind-blowing guitarists around,” and Rob Zombie has dubbed him “a f**king shredder.” John 5 has released nine solo albums to date, as well as a remix album, and has written music for the likes of Avril Lavigne, GARBAGE, Ricky Martin and others.
JOHN 5 AND THE CREATURES‘ latest album, “Invasion”, was released in July 2019.