3108, 2015

INTERVIEWS: Mike Patton speaks to La Tercera and Bill Gould to La Nacion about upcoming tour and future plans

August 31st, 2015|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

As the band gear up to their live return (Jimmy Kimmel on 3 September, Bumbershoot and Red Rocks on 6 and 8 September, and Central and South America from 15 September), they are back on the promo trail.

First up, Bill Gould has spoken to Costa Rican paper La Nación about the band’s first visit and future plans:

How many times have you come to Costa Rica?
20 times. I have friends who live in Nicoya and have travelled the whole area, and a little San Jose. You have a great country.

What are your plans for after the tour: will you continue as a band or return to personal projects?
We now operate in steps and at the end of each step, we sat down to talk. At the end of tour we will see what we do. There is no right answer, no wrong answer. What we are going to work must have everyone on the same page.

I also loved this from Bill:

How do you feel when a young man approaches them to tell them they were the favorite band of his father? We are hearing of these cases more often. It’s odd, funny, makes me laugh, because we never saw us as a band would be playing in these times: if you look old and I have to be a grandfather, which makes me weird. It’s a good thing we did hear a difference to the people long ago, but what matters to me is that while we’re inspired, we will continue to do so.

And Mike Patton has spoken to Chile’s La Tercera ahead of the band’s return to their spiritual home for the Santiago Gets Louder festival on 27 September.
2015-08-31 13_33_44-Entretención _ LA TERCERA

Mike said:

“Over the years Chile has become a very special place for us, and we hope that this relationship will continue. We are obviously eager to play our new songs there.”

He also spoke about the positive reception for Sol Invictus:

“The mere fact that people still interested in us, after all these years, is encouraging. Well, that the disc has been received so positively was something extra that surprised us. We always hope that people enjoy and can feel inspired or even brought to our music, but we are also very realistic. We know we can not control the reactions and expectations of people, and that music is a subjective and personal experience to the listener. I think, in other words, we can not please everyone!”

And Mike also partly agreed that the band are now more popular than ever:

“I partially agree with that view. While I cannot say that I understand fully why this idea seems to be true. If you force me to give an answer, I think it has to do with nostalgia or some “vintage mystique” that people identify us. Or maybe they were just having the opportunity to see us 20 years ago who knows. To be honest, I’m not sure if people understood our music at the time, or if they do now,  but what is more important is whether our songs are capable of transmitting a feeling, an emotion or idea.”

Mike also spoke briefly about his future plans:

“Right now I’m totally dedicated and committed to Faith No More, of course, but that does not mean that you are not working on other adventures. Now I’m involved with a new project called Nevermen group. Our first album will be released later this year. And there are other things out there in the oven too.”

 

2608, 2015

LINKS FOR A DAY 189: Puffy’s Stairway to Heaven; Bill Gould interview; Jimmy Kimmel; FNM beer; more Matt Wallace

August 26th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Mike Bordin was almost in Led Zeppelin

Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin almost became a touring member of Led Zeppelin in 1991. I hadn’t spotted this story before but Robert Plant had wanted to get Mike B in as drummer for a Led Zep reunion in the early 90s. The story appears in Mick Wall’s When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography Of Led Zeppelin:

In January 1991, their reputation freshly bolstered by the release three months before of the acclaimed, best-selling 4CD Remasters box set, Page, Plant and Jones were back together sitting around a table discussing the possibility of a money-spinning reunion, albeit on a strictly temporary basis. Much to his chagrin, Jason Bonham – who had played on Page’s Outsider as well as the Atlantic show – was excluded from these deliberations, with Plant now pushing for the more fashionable Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin to be offered the job. Once again, the plan started to unravel almost as soon as it was decided upon, with Plant getting cold feet when the others began to express reservations about using the young. dreadlocked FNM drummer. “What you’ve got to remember,” an insider told me, “is that Robert is used to having his own way now. He can’t bear to go back to the days when Jimmy and Jonesy made all the major decisions about the music.”

Bill Gould interview for HoyxHoy Chile

Bill Gould has given an interviewing to Chilean paper HoyxHoy looking ahead to the band’s Santiago Gets Louder appearance on 27 September.

Faith No More beer?

Officially licensed beers have led to even more money on tap for the likes of AC/DC and Iron Maiden. Now a Faith No More beer. I doubt that this is officially endorsed by the band and the name may not even reference the group but an Oregon brewery has produced a beer called Faith No More. The American Pale Ale is produced by micro-brewery Solera Brewery though there is no information on it on the brewery site.

Currently on tap at #solerabrewery. #beer #parkdale #oregonbeer

A photo posted by Solera Brewery (@solerabrewery) on

Get Jimmy Kimmel tix

Faith No More will play a mini-concert for the Jimmy Kimmel show on Thursday, 3 September. Get you tickets here.

Matt Wallace on Sol Invictus

Matt Wallace has given another revealing interview to Gear Gods.
As always, Matt provides some interesting insights and this is my favourite part:

Bill is the engine that has pushed forward to create the impetus and the ‘space’ for the rest of FNM to find their own, natural and organic connection and contribution in the process. After that Mike Patton became more of the driving force/director of the process to ensure that his vision as to how his voice fit within the musical soundfield created by the band. All in all, it was an intense but very well thought-out process.

2408, 2015

LINKS FOR A DAY 188: Rolling Stone catch-up, Boston photos, Take this Bottle cover and more

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

Rolling Stone interview

Roddy Bottum and Mike Bordin spoke to Rolling Stone as the magazine published their second in-depth piece on the band in a manner of months. Here’s the video below. This seems like a trailer to a larger story but this is the full story on the site.

Matt Wallace interview

Faith No More’s long-time producer and friend of the band, Matt Wallace has given a very revealing interview with the AllMusic site.
Here are some choice cuts:

On Mike Patton and The Real Thing:
And he was listening to a bunch of Tibetan chanting, Eskimo nose singing, all these things, and he’d bring these different ideas into the record within the context of a heavy rock, alternative, progressive band, he was bringing his ideas on how his vocals should go. And it was really forward-thinking, because a lot of bands, after that record, kind of followed in his footsteps, because Patton was unafraid to try different things, whether it was a different vocal approach or a different lyric, some of the lyrics are pretty challenging. I thought it was really stunning that he came to the forefront and grabbed the flag. That was a thrill, that whole record was a thrill to make.

On Faith No More now:
It’s interesting that the band trusted their instincts, they did Angel Dust and put it out there and it didn’t sell well in the States, but it did well overseas, and about eight or nine years ago, Kerrang magazine did a thing about the most influential records of all time, and I started in the 50s, 40s, 30s, and I said, “Man, none of my records made this,” I was hoping something I’d worked on would have made it, and at number one was Angel Dust, they thought it had influenced so many bands, and that’s a really nice indication of a band that just trusts their gut, and seeing them live in L.A. a few months ago when they did “Midlife Crisis,” the entire place, everyone sang that thing a cappella like it was a huge hit, it was really wonderful to see a song that’s kind of a twisted lyric and kind of a unique song, but so many people sang the entire chorus, and it was really surreal. That moment for me was one of the best.

WIN Red Rocks tickets

You can win two tickets to see Faith No More at Red Rocks on 8 September through Tunespeak. Only US and Canada residents can enter. Enter here.

Take this Bottle cover

Here’s a pretty cool recent cover of Take this Bottle by Jake Carden. The singer from The Pimpsons and Just Like Vinyl did an all-Faith No More acoustic show in Seattle with assistance from lenn Cannon of Windowpane and Johndus Beckman of Ten Miles Wide and The Mothership.

Boston photos

Meg Loyal have some great shots from Faith No More’s performance at Boston’s Blue Hills Bank Pavilion here.
Meg Loyal Photography: Blue Hills Pavilion 8-4-2015 &emdash;

Superhero

And given that it’s the fourth ever video on the band’s YouTube channel, here’s official Superhero

1808, 2015

Faith No More Jimmy Kimmel appearance confirmed

August 18th, 2015|Tags: , |20 Comments

Faith No More have confirmed that they will be musical guests on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel on 3 September.

FNM will perform several songs on the show’s outdoor stage in front of a standing-room-only crowd.

  
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” airs every weeknight (11:35 p.m.-12:37 a.m., ET) and features a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band.

1408, 2015

Bill Gould scores Macedonian film The Man Who Wouldn’t Die

August 14th, 2015|Tags: |2 Comments

The Man Who Wouldn’t Die, the Macedonian animated feature scored by Bill Gould, will premiere at the ANIMACURSED International Animation Film Festival in  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 3-13 September.

The short animation is directed by Goce Cvetanovski.

1008, 2015

CONCERT: Faith No More at Heavy Montreal festival setlist, videos, reviews, Tour Talk and more

August 10th, 2015|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Faith No More brought the curtain down on the third leg of their Sol Invictus North American with a headline slot at the Heavy Montreal Festival. The band returned to the Quebec capital exactly 23 years to the day since they last played the city as part of the Metallica/Guns N’Roses tour and the famous riot.

Setlist

Motherfucker
From Out of Nowhere
Caffeine
Evidence
Epic
Black Friday
Everything’s Ruined
Midlife Crisis (with Celine Dion’s The Power Of Love interlude)
Cone of Shame
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Easy
Separation Anxiety
Matador
Ashes to Ashes
Superhero

Digging the Grave
This Guy’s in Love With You
Just a Man

Videos

Reviews

There was no shortage of reviews for the tour climax:

Exclaim (9/10):

It’s hard to conjure the beatific command that Roddy Bottum holds, standing over his keyboard like a preacher at his pulpit. It’s difficult to explain the chemistry between Jon Hudson and Mike Bordin and Billy Gould, tossing the focal point of a song between them effortlessly. And it’s fully impossible to explain what it is like to watch Mike Patton howl, shriek and contort on stage, his slicked-back dark hair becoming wilder and more sweat-soaked with every song. Patton was in a mean mood: “Motherfucker,” which they opened with, sounded like even more of a threat than usual, and there was something pointed, even cruel, about his delivery of the bit of “Power of Love” by Celine Dion that served as an intro to “Midlife Crisis.”

Huffington Post (en français)

Yell Magazine:

After roughly 23 years, Faith No More has finally played in Montreal again. Obviously, this time they played Heavy Montreal and headlined Saturday’s lineup with one hell of a performance. A performance that schooled many younger bands, to be sure. And if you’re a fan of heavy and dominant bass, then you were in love with Billy Gould’s presence last night. Yes, the bass was dominant, but it wasn’t distracting (OK, maybe a little because it was so cool and I’m writing about it), and it certainly wasn’t the only thing to be heard.

Sors-tu? (en français)

Bible-Urbaine (en français)

Ils ont poursuivi la soirée avec brio, les musiciens étaient visiblement en forme, la voix de Patton était puissante à souhait, illustrant la richesse de son registre, et les jeux de batterie et de basse étaient rythmés et solides. Le groupe a conclu la soirée avec «Ashes to Ashes», extrait pendant lequel Mike Patton s’est jeté sur la foule, et «Superhero», où il a demandé à la foule si elle désirait un Lenny, avant d’offrir à Montréal son propre #penisgate.

They continued the evening with brio, the musicians were clearly on form Patton’s voice was powerful as he wished, illustrating the richness of his register, and drum and bass playing was rhythmic and solid. The group concluded the evening with “Ashes to Ashes”, during which Mike Patton threw himself into the crowd, and “Superhero”, where he asked the crowd if they wanted a Lenny, before offering Montreal its very own #penisgate.

Montreal Gazette

The first half was punctuated by a tremendous Epic and dead-crowd time between songs. Weird. Then came the Easy cover, Midlife Crisis with a Céline bit (oui) and a growing bond. And the band, anchored by Billy Gould and Mike Bordin on bass/drums, and Bottum’s… well, it was either dry wit or sincerity – drove the point forward while Patton worked through all the gears on his stentorian voice. As the set proper ended with massive Ashes To Ashes and Superhero and Patton in the crowd, momentum had utterly turned in the band’s favour. Cue an encore built around a gorgeously brawny This Guy’s In Love With You. Ultimately, the climactic ending to Just A Man, with Patton goofing around Bugs Bunny/Leopold-style, took them 9 minutes over time – the only band to do so all weekend.

Photos

Montreal Gazette
Yell Magazine
Dose
Confront Magazine
Getty Images

Tour Talks

TOUR TALK / Heavy Montreal / Montreal w Jon Hudson (take 2)

TOUR TALK / Heavy Montreal / Montreal / w Bill Gould (PART 1)

TOUR TALK / Heavy Montreal / Montreal / w Bill Gould (PART 2)

Roddy mentions a Jimmy Kimmell appearance on 3 September here.

1008, 2015

CONCERT: Faith No More at Toronto setlist, video and poster

August 10th, 2015|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

Faith No More’s penultimate North American Sol Invictus tour date saw them return to Canada. The band again played an 18-song set and threw in some snippets of Drake and Van Halen.

Setlist

The Real Thing
Be Aggressive
Everything’s Ruined
Evidence
Epic
Black Friday
Caffeine
Midlife Crisis (Van Halen ‘Jump’ interlude)
Cone of Shame
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Easy
Separation Anxiety
Matador
Ashes to Ashes
Superhero

Motherfucker
I Started a Joke

We Care a Lot

Videos

Playlist from fnm4ever

Poster

Tour Talk

Part 1

Part 2 brought to you by Invictus wine

608, 2015

CONCERT: Faith No More at Madison Square Garden – setlist, posters, videos, Roddy’s Tour Talk

August 6th, 2015|Tags: , , , |16 Comments

Faith No More made their debut performance at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York last night (ok, the Theater after a late switch) and delivered another hugely impressive set.

The band played no fewer than six songs from Angel Dust – with RV and A Small Victory again getting relatively rare airings – with five from new album Sol Invictus.

One New York resident was very impressed:

  As was the venue itself

Setlist

The Real Thing
Be Aggressive
Everything’s Ruined
Evidence
Epic
Black Friday
Caffeine
Midlife Crisis (with Boz Scaggs – ‘Lowdown’ interlude)
A Small Victory
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Easy
Separation Anxiety
Matador
Ashes to Ashes
Superhero

Motherfucker
RV
Just a Man

Ain’t nothin like the Real Thing #faithnomore   A photo posted by @billdeppe on

Tour Talk

Here’s Roddy with special guest Steven Barrymore Blush

Tour Talk on Periscope

Videos

Posters

These are again by the brilliant Tara McPherson and here they are:

And here is Tara’s own post

508, 2015

LISTEN: Mike Patton on Nevermen track Tough Towns featuring TV on the Radio

August 5th, 2015|Tags: |1 Comment

The long-awaited Nevermen album will finally see the light of day later this year, Rolling Stone have revealed. The music magazine site have also offered a first listen of Tough Towns, the first single from the record.

Rolling Stone state:

“The roots of the group, which calls itself a “leaderless trio,” stretch back to Patton’s Peeping Tom album, which came out in 2006 and found the singer recording a song called “How You Feeling?” with Drucker. The Nevermen formed in 2008, when the rapper jammed with Adebimpe in a Brooklyn warehouse. The musicians later sent some of the music to Patton, who refigured it. The three band members then refined the recordings with one another over the years, recording the 10 songs that will appear on the Nevermen LP with no other outside musicians.”

508, 2015

TOUR TALK: Roddy Bottum chat show – Blue Hills/Boston/w Anika Jacobs & Pete’s Birthday episode

August 5th, 2015|Tags: , , |0 Comments

YouTuber Invisigoth is now uploading Roddy’s Periscope Tour Talk chat show episodes to the video site for posterity so here is the most recent episode from Boston last night.

Song Poll

What is your favourite track from Sol Invictus?
  • Here’s our playlist of possibly the best version of each: