Nov. 2 — John 5 unveiled the latest single from his new album and its video this week.
The guitarist (a.k.a. John Lowery) debuted his new single, ‘Land of the Misfit Toys’ and its companion video Tuesday. The song is the second single from his new album, Sinner, which was released over the weekend. Lowery released the album’s lead single, ‘Que Pasa,’ and its companion video in early September.
Lowery discussed the song and its video treatment in a prepared statement.
“Land Of the Misfit Toys” is my favorite track on the record,” he said. “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,” adds Lowery. “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.”
In the case of the song’s arrangement, Lowery opts for a decidedly prog-rock/metal approach. Lowery’s guitar work here is immediately comparable to works from John Petrucci (Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment). That is evidenced through the richness and heaviness. The harmonics that Lowery uses here add even more to that sense. The solid time keeping here and the bassline works with Lowery’s own performance and the song’s overall production to make this song so immersive, engaging and entertaining in its own right.
Sinner is available now through Big Machine Records. More information on John 5’s new album, single, and video is available along with all of his latest news at: