2505, 2015

Mike Patton: “I’m like a carpenter”

May 25th, 2015|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

For some Faith No More fans and a lot of Patton fanboys and girls, Mike Patton is God but he’s actually more like Jesus – a humble carpenter.

Patton and Bill Gould and Mike Bordin spoke to the Associated Press in a wide-ranging interview now widely syndicated today.

Patton said:

“All I do is try and fit into whatever, and this could be Faith No More or any other thing that I’ve done. “Hey, what’s needed?” I’m like a carpenter. I see my job as that. You need some spackle? You need some venetian plaster? Do you need some help with the roof? That’s really the only way I see it. I don’t think I did anything spectacular on this record. It was what was needed.”

Elsewhere, he also spoke about the band’s future:

“”An old man only looks to the next day,” the 47-year-old Patton said. “We’re old men. “So what you do is, you look to the next day or the next plan, and, honestly, we don’t have a plan after this tour or this record.”

2505, 2015

CHARTS: Faith No More Sol Invictus number 1 in Finland

May 25th, 2015|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Faith No More’s seventh studio album Sol Invictus is number 1 in the Finnish album charts.

It is the band’s first number one for the album which is also:

#2 in Australia
#4 in Germany
#5 in Scotland
#6 in UK and New Zealand
#7 in Netherlands
#10 in Belgium (Flemish) and Ireland

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Via Saku

2405, 2015

CHARTS: Faith No More Sol Invictus number 6 in official UK album chart

May 24th, 2015|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Faith No More has gone straight in at number 6 in the UK album chart with Sol Invictus. It is the band’s fourth top 10 album in the UK and third-highest charting after Angel Dust (2) and King for a Day…(5).

Sol Invictus is also number 1 on the UK indie chart and the Rock and Metal chart. It is also number 4 in physical sales and number 2 for vinyl sales.

  
It charted number 11 on downloads.

Finally, it went in at number 5 in the Scottish charts.

2305, 2015

INTERVIEW: Bill Gould speaks reunion and Sol Invictus in Radio New Zealand interview

May 23rd, 2015|Tags: , , , , |13 Comments

Two Kiwi posts in a row! Public broadcaster Radio New Zealand today featured an almost 10-minute interview as Faith No More’s Bill Gould speaks to Sam Wicks. It is definitely one of the better interviews of the 100s that we have read and heard in the past few weeks.

Listen below.

2305, 2015

CHARTS: Sol Invictus number 6 in New Zealand charts

May 23rd, 2015|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Faith No More’s Sol Invictus has gone in at number 6 in the official New Zealand charts.

It is the highest new entry but still behind wannabee Foster and Allen Mumford and Sons and, unbelievably, the real Foster and Allen. What’s up with that Kiwi fans?

  

2305, 2015

SOL INVICTUS REVIEW: ABC gives 4/5 review

May 23rd, 2015|Tags: , |3 Comments

A pretty much glowing review from the US broadcaster ABC even if their potted history is odd. They say:

Here, the band is back in full force, wide awake and ready to dominate. Mike Patton is in top vocal form seesawing from low growls to operatic yelps — although, for the most part, he pretty much sticks to the former, giving the album a metallic bit of menace. The opening title track sounds like Tom Waits in spots, as does “Motherf*****.”

At its core, “Sol Invictus” is a muscular beast that bounces from the heavy riffing of “Separation Anxiety” to the bellowing pop of “From the Dead.” It should come as no surprise to any past fans that this band maintains its eclecticism. After all, this is the same group that delivered the Red Hot Chili Peppers-esque “Epic,” and then, a few years later, dropped a very straight-ahead, loyal cover of the Commodores’ classic “Easy.”

2305, 2015

CHARTS: Faith No More Sol Invictus number 2 in Australia’s ARIA charts

May 23rd, 2015|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Faith No More’s Sol Invictus has gone straight in at number 2 in Australia’s ARIA album charts.

It matches the #2 slot attained by King for a Day… and The Real Thing though previous album Album of the Year was a number 1.

The band were held off the top spot by local act Hermitude.

UPDATE:

Faith No More were way ahead on the physical album sales. Sol Invictus sold twice as many as second-best selling album Pitch Perfect on physical sales. Indeed, it sold almost 3 times as many physical copies as Hermitude.

But thanks to digital sales, the Aussie act ended up over 3,000 sales ahead if FNM in the overall chart.
  

2205, 2015

CHARTS: Faith No More Sol Invictus set for #5 in UK album charts

May 22nd, 2015|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Faith No More now look set to enter the UK Official Charts album countdown at number 5, according to latest midweek sales figures.

Sol Invictus is selling at around half the rate of top two Brandon Flowers and Paul Weller and has now been eclipsed by the UK’S answer to Foster and Allen (look it up kids) and the world’s greatest pop star Taylor Swift. Swift’s 1989 has been boosted by her Bad Blood video and is now a few hundred copies ahead of Sol Invictus.

The official charts are released on Sunday.

2205, 2015

Links for a Day…(vol. 176): Bill Gould video; Maor Applebaum; Metal Hammer cover; Classic Rock on Wiltern show and more

May 22nd, 2015|Tags: , , , , |15 Comments

Bill Gould speaks to For Bass Players Only

An interesting video interview from Bill for For Bass Players Only in which he speaks about starting playing and especially his partnership with Mike Bordin.
(via @fnm4ever)

Metal Hammer cover

What a cover! Faith No More will again grace the cover of Metal Hammer for its new issue which goes on sale on Tuesday.

We’ll have details on the story when it is published.

Maor Applebaum on Sol Invictus

PMC speakers have put out a media release featuring some interesting quotes from Maor Appelbaum, who mastered the album:

Mastering engineer and musician Maor Appelbaum says the clarity delivered by his PMC monitors helped make a complex project much faster and more enjoyable.

“Sol Invictus is a collection of very different songs that work like scene changes within a movie,” he explains. “While each song has to work on its own, it also needs to work as part of the whole project.

“In order to achieve a cohesive effect, I used quite a big mastering set up, which included two analogue compressors, two analogue EQs and various digital compressors, limiters and de-essers. The monitoring was critical and I was very pleased with the clarity and precision of my PMC speakers, especially when I was playing tracks at high volume. They give incredibly detailed sound, which makes the reviewing process much faster – and they are not fatiguing at all so, if I need to, I can spend longer in front of them without feeling tired.”

Classic Rock gives rave review for Faith No More at Wiltern

We’ve been concentrating only on album reviews lately but here’s an excellent live review from Classic Rock/Metal Hammer/Team Rock:

Frontman Mike Patton is wearing some sort of bondage harness that tugs at his nostrils and cheeks, contorting his face. And they open with a new song entitled Motherfucker, slow building and weirder than a furries convention on acid. They follow that with the colossal From Out Of Nowhere. So much for magic and madness.
…If there’s a complaint it’s that the Wiltern always sounds muffled, with excellent views of the backs of peoples’ heads, but even that is solved when the entire crowd sings along to Midlife Crisis. Not known to be easily impressed, Patton gives a nod of approval, acknowledging one of those special nights, and perhaps that we’d forgotten Faith No More could be so good. We won’t forget again in a hurry.

Metal Hammer Hungary feature

This is a great in-depth feature in the Hungarian version of Metal Hammer from Faith No More fan Máté Sándor. Here is Máté’s own summary in English. (Thanks Máté):

“I try to analyse the music, the artwork of the album, and the meaning of some lyrics. How I see this great masterpiece. I write about that its not to easy make a new album after 18 years, but Faith No More give a fantastic answer to the doubters. The title of the article is Sunshine from the Grave. I analyse every song. Mike Patton said in a Chilean interview: when he makes music, its like he’s watching a movie. And if he watches a movie, its like he hearing some music. So that’s why I wrote about my visual vision about Sol Invictus songs. I analyse the marketing strategy, and the potential continuation in the future.”

Diffuser ranks Faith No More’s albums

We’ll come back to this in a separate post but here’s Diffuser’s very readable ranking of Faith No More’s seven albums from worst to first. Not the high placing for Sol Invictus.

Distorted Sound review

UK rock and metal site Distorted Sound has given Sol Invictus a 9/10 review. They conclude:

“Matador, one of the finest tracks to be on Sol Invictus and one of the most ambitious that the band have written to date. Chilling, funky, everything in between, and everything you can expect and want from a FAITH NO MORE track.

A stunning closure to the beginning of FAITH NO MORE’s return, From the Dead sets the perfect feeling for a track that leaves everyone remembering exactly what it was they missed about this band and why Sol Invictus is more than just a comeback record, it is the sort of past that none of us mind digging up.

With excellent experimentation, superb vocals, beautiful music and incredible production, Sol Invictus is the perfect way to walk back into a room and remember that some things, we should not let go of and FAITH NO MORE is one of them.”

2205, 2015

Expert interviews #4: Phil Weller (Manchester Rocks, The Sludgelord)

May 22nd, 2015|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Phil Weller gave on the best early reviews of Faith No More’s Sol Invictus for the Sludgelord site – “All you really need to know is this: ‘Sol Invictus’ sounds like Faith No More and no one else. It’s diverse, thrilling” – and he is our latest expert interviewee. Phil is a freelance music and sports journalist and the founder and editor of the excellent Manchester Rocks site (which also reviewed Sol Invictus recently). He has also written for Metal Hammer and Echoes and Dust and plays guitar in the prog metal band Prognosis.

 

1/ You reviewed the new album Sol Invictus for The Sludgelord – what is your overall verdict on the band’s return?

In terms of their return I think that, considering just how long it’s been since Album of the Year and the fact that they’ve been reunited for six years now, you couldn’t really ask for more. The album covers a huge spectrum of different sounds and textures – as we’ve come to expect from them – and I strongly expect the majority of FNM fans to be delighted with the record. Personally I love the contrast of dark songs like Separation Anxiety, Motherfucker and Cone of Shame with more upbeat songs like Sunny Side Up. As an album it ticked all the right boxes for me.

2/ When did you first hear the album? Is receiving a preview so early normal practice? Did that help in that Sol Invictus seems to be an album that requires some immersion?

I’ve had the album for about a month now I think, it’s perhaps a little earlier than is normal practice but the general idea is to have the reviews helping promote the release date of an album. So the earlier the better in many ways.

I would agree that it’s a very complex album, there’s a lot of stuff going on, lots of minor details all over the place that, with more listens you do notice more, but at the same time the album clicked with me straight from the off. I had the biggest grin on my face when I first heard it; it didn’t take any time to grow on me. But the more I immerse myself in the album the more you appreciate the nuances; it gives you the opportunity to focus on a different instrument or detail. I think that’s one thing that makes the record so fun for me because every time you listen to it you discover another little Easter egg rather than everything coming at you in the first instance.

3/ You mentioned in that review that Faith No More remain unpredictable and that it is a record only FNM could have made. What makes them so unique and why has no one successfully followed in their footsteps?

That’s a tough one. I mean, they’re special in my eyes because they don’t really fit into any particular movement or scene; they’re very eccentric in the mixing of styles they use. Because of that, it’s impossible to predict where they’re going to go. If you listen to the opening song of every FNM album for instance, they all start with a great big bang with lots of guitars and energy but Sol Invictus is the complete opposite of that. It starts really delicately, really slowly. You’d think after so long out of the limelight as far as new muisc is concerned they’d need a gung-ho opening but the fact they didn’t fall back on that exemplifies just how unpredictable they can be.

I think the reason that no one has successfully followed in their footsteps is because either no one wants to or no one can. If you look at the other bands around them back in the 90s – Soundgarden, Alice In Chains etc. – they’re bands that are copied a lot nowadays. But I don’t think FNM have ever really had a signature sound which is replicable, I think FNM are FNM through Patton’s voice and the duality of the keyboards and guitars, through the personalities and mind-sets behind the music rather than what is actually being played.

Maybe I’m wrong here but, as influential as FNM have been, I don’t really think there’s a band that you could look at and place a dominant and direct corellation.

4/ So-called nostalgia acts including Faith No More dominate the lineup for Download and other festivals. How should older acts and up and coming bands co-exist?

This is a subject I could talk a long while about. As much as FNM are a nostalgia act, they haven’t been half as present as the likes of Metallica, Maiden and Slipknot on festival bills, particularly the headline slot. I think the problem is that nowadays festival organisers seem less willing to book what would be a ‘risky’ headliner like Avenged Sevenfold at Download last year was perceived to be. In reality, Avenged are a band with a huge following and are very well established – they’re hardly a ‘new’ band anymore – and I think the risk pulled off. Just as I think it will with Muse this year. Having a band like Metallica at your festival guarantees ticket sales but it doesn’t help nurture the longevity of metal’s elite as such. Bands only get to the stature of ‘festival headline worthy’ if they’re given a chance to prove themselves in the first place, just as it is with football, rugby or whatever, you’ve gotta give these up and coming talent big games to shown they can do it before people view them as worthy of a first team place. I’d love to see bands like Lamb of God, Machine Head, Mastodon and so on offered higher billing, alongside the older more established bands. Like you say, they have to co-exist. Metallica won’t be around forever so you could argue they should headline more while they’re still around but there can’t be a gap in size when they do call it a day, you want your Lamb of God’s, Five Finger Death Punches or whatever ready to step in their shoes.


I actually think Download are doing this well at the moment. This year for instance they’ve got Slipknot, one of the world’s biggest metal bands, Kiss, one of the world’s biggest rock bands and Muse who are a bit of a curveball. It’s a good balance and then you have bands like A Day To Remember given a big slot which should, just as Avenged did when they played under System of a Down in 2011, help nurture them to be ready to take the headline slot as the band grows that little bit more over time. I’m not a fan of A Day To Remember, but it’s great to see young bands given a bit more limelight.

Bloodstock are also great at this, with Machine Head, Lamb of God, Rob Zombie and Trivium all being given their first outdoor UK festival headline slots.

5/ You seem to be a fan of the band. Was it difficult to be impartial in your review or is that second-nature for you now as a writer?

I’d say it’s second nature now. One thing I have noticed is that, the more I review, the more albums I hear and the more gigs I see it becomes harder to impress me because I’ve seen much of what that particular band has on offer before.

I notice a lot of people’s first reviews are very superlative almost just because they’re excited to be writing about rock music, and as time goes on they become more balanced with their reviews. Let’s just hope that in 10 years’ time I’m not some miserable bugger repeating the line “music was much better back in my day.”

But yeah, I’m a fan of the band for sure. Sometimes you end up looking at a new album by a band you love through rose tinted spectacles which can kind of blind you in terms of taking negatives from an album, but I work hard to remain impartial.

6/ Do you think Faith No More are under-appreciated or misunderstood in the UK mainstream media? When the 80s and 90s are being fetishised we get grunge, Britpop, Madchester, Smiths, Cure, Stone Roses etc but FNM seem forgotten – any idea why?


Good question. Personally I’d maybe say it was down to the fact they are such a difficult band to pigeonhole. With the Stone Roses there was a whole explosion of the Hacienda scene around them and that was the same with Slipknot, Korn and so on with Nu-Metal. But FNM have never really fit into a category or specific movement – and writers and fans alike love to organise things into neat, easily understandable piles – and so they were maybe forgotten out a little bit more. It’s like having a load of toy cars in one pile, a load of toy soldiers in another then that one action figure on his own in the corner who gets neglected a little bit.

But at the same time that’s what a lot of people seem to be appealed by. It’s the same with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, no one sounds like them, they just are the Chillis. But no one forgets a truly great and truly original band and I think they’re reunion has sort of hammered that home. They’ve returned, found themselves a whole new fan base who weren’t around that first time as well as pre-existing fans or people who were aware of them in the 90s view them with a fresh perspective. I think Sol Invictus is definitely an album that should see them get a hell of a lot more credit.

7/ Is Sol Invictus one of your albums of the year?

I don’t know how many albums a year I hear, it’s scary to think of it really, but this is definitely one of, if not the stand out album of the year so far. It’s just so classy, so catchy, so intelligent. Like I said, there’s no one who sounds like FNM and that’s what makes them so special. It will take something ridiculously good to convince me that 2015 will see a better album. But time will tell. Mutoid Man, Royal Thunder and Wild Throne are on fine form right now.

 

 

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