Eight things we’ve learned from Soundwave announcement

We’re going on Buzzfeed/Clickhole with this listicle inspired by Faith No More’s Soundwave announcement.

1 / Faith No More are back for good

More than the announcement, the follow-up tweet from the band seemed to confirm that Faith No More 3.o will be a more permanent proposition than the often ephemeral 2.0 tour-hiatus-tour 2.0 incarnation.  It was a point seized upon by Consequence of Sound though what might change in 2015 remains – as always with the band and their cryptic announcements – unclear…

2 / New record and live performance will go hand in hand

…Personally I was expecting a break from live shows from the band while they concentrated on recording, releasing and perhaps even promoting new music. It is now beyond the realms of speculation than the band are working on and will release new music. But the Soundwave announcement shows that the band will be back on the road too. Could Soundwave ’15 even be the start of the Faith No More 3.0 tour?

3 / No Faith No More sideshows

One of the traditions of the Soundwave festival is that headline bands play warm-up shows  - sideshows. In fact, these shows are put on by the festival organisers and usually announced when the festival itself sells out. Indeed, when Faith No More last played the festival in 2010 (then complete with a Perth show which is unfortunately not part of the schedule in 2015), they played sidehows in Sydney and Melbourne (two dates) while they also fitted in two warm-up shows in New Zealand. BUT it looks at this stage that there will be no side shows in 2015. Music Feeds reports: “Soundwave’s AJ Maddah has confirmed that newly-announced Soundwave 2015 headlining acts Faith No More and Slipknot will not be playing Soundwave sideshows when they hit the country for the festival in February 2015. When asked on Twitter, Maddah said both headliners Slipknot and Faith No More “and a few others” will be “exclusive to the festival” and will therefore not be announcing any extra sideshows.

4 / Faith No More are a big draw

Just before their break-up in 1997, Faith No More could be found still high enough on festival bills but under headliners such as Black Grape, The Charlatans, Jamiroquai, Foo Fighters or the Orbital. Now, even five years after their reunion and 18 years since their last album, they are one of the biggest draws around.

5 / FNM and Soundgarden cross paths again

After their reunion at Hyde Park in July where Soundgarden palyed Superunknown in full, the Seattle grungers and Faith No More will share the stage again for four dates at Soundwave. Something that Kim Thayil is looking forward to, according to Music Feeds: “It’s an alliance, the guitarist explains, that he forged “all the way back” in 1987. “We have quite a history with those guys and we look forward to certainly seeing them and to hanging with those guys,” he explains.

6 / Faith No More love Australia

Faith No More’s Soundwave shows will take them over half-a-century of concerts in Australia (51 not including any sideshows, according to Setlist.fm) In fact, Australia is the band’s fourth most popular choice for live shows after the US, UK and Germany.

7 / The Aussie media are excited

The lineup has garnered huge coverage in the Australian media with most articles leading with Faith No More and featuring pictures of the band. Leading Australian newspaper the Sydney Morning Herald captured the mood with a piece from their music editor headlined “Soundwave 2015: Australia’s best-ever rock line-up?”.

8 / Anyone remember Chatroulette?

From Faith No More’s last Soundwave shows

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Faith No More at Soundwave ticket details

Faith No More’s Soundwave shows in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney are sure to sell out fast so make sure you get online for the presale on Friday 22 August.

Here are all the ticket details you need:

Soundwave members pre-sale begins 12pm local time Friday, 22 August
(sign up to the mailing list on the bottom of this page)

General public tickets on sale 9am Friday, 29 August

Saturday, 21st February & Sunday, 22nd February 2015
Bonython Park, Adelaide, South Australia
Tickets: Soundwave

Saturday, 21st February & Sunday, 22nd February 2015
Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
Tickets: Soundwave

Saturday, 28th February & Sunday, 1st March 2015
Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Tickets: Soundwave

Saturday, 28th February & Sunday, 1st March 2015
RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane, Queensland
Tickets: Soundwave

Lineup – Day One
Adelaide – Saturday, 21st February, 2015
Melbourne – Sunday, 22nd February, 2015
Sydney – Saturday, 28th February, 2015
Brisbane – Sunday, 1st March, 2015

Faith No More
Lamb Of God
Gerard Way
New Found Glory
Fear Factory
Hollywood Undead
The Aquabats
Area 7
Crown The Empire
The Interrupters
Icon For Hire
Emily’s Army
Patent Pending
The Bennies
The Color Morale
Nothing More
Ne Obliviscaris
The Treatment

Lineup – Day Two
Melbourne – Saturday, 21st February, 2015
Adelaide – Sunday, 22nd February, 2015
Brisbane – Saturday, 28th February, 2015
Sydney – Sunday, 1st March, 2015

Marilyn Manson
Fall Out Boy
Judas Priest
All Time Low
Papa Roach
Of Mice & Men
Escape The Fate
Tonight Alive
Butcher Babies
The Swellers
King 810
This Wild Life

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Faith No More to headline Australia’s Soundwave festival

Faith No More will return to live action in February 2015 when they play the Soundwave festival.

The mega-event takes place in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane with Soundgarden, Slipknot and Slash also on the bill.

More to follow


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Bill Gould speaks to Classic Rock about new music

Faith No More
bassist Bill Gould has broken the band’s media silence by speaking to Classic Rock magazine about the prospect of new music from the band. He told the September issue of the magazine: “We’re considering doing something new. We’re not going to go into a room and bang a bunch of songs just to put something out, it has to be right.”

We won’t include the whole piece for copyright reasons but he also stated in the Ultimate Autumn Preview section of the magazine: “I think we still have a lot of potential to do really good things, and I think our heads, musically speaking, are in a really good space.”

Classic Rock is on UK newsstands now and there is an also an iPad edition that scales well on iPhones. You can order a physical copy online from MyFavouriteMagazines and you can download the Classic Rock magazine app from iTunes.

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Links for a day…(vol. 162). Patton interview, live views and reviews etc

Back to reality after the excitement of the London and Poland shows and the new material.

  • First up in the digest is a rare interview from Mike Patton in which he opens up about the stage and creative experience to Ben Weinman. The Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist has just launched a new website, PartySmasherInc.com which defines itself as “a one-stop portal for musicians, photographers, illustrators, fashion designers and industry mavericks of all stripes” featuring artists talking about the DIY spirit.

    And Weinman also pays a touching text tribute to the Faith No More frontman on his site.

    “He is a real person. Not only is he a real person, but he is an amazing person. Mike actually gives me honest advice while also encouraging me to always look out for myself. ..Mike is more than a great musician. He is a great human being.”

    And here’s some footage of the guys in studio together during the Irony is a Dead Scene recording.

    • Back to Faith No More and their recent live return. Here via fnm4ever is a multicam video of Leader of Men/Superhero:
  • Leading indie music magazine Clash featured a knowing review of Faith No More in their Open’er round-up online:”Even playing a dangerously nostalgic set, they blow every young upstart off the stage by a massive margin. Dressed in white and sporting prayer beads, their set is a protrusion of veins, vigour and healthy venom.”

    “Patton’s multi-octave voice has not withered with age. Free from ego, it’s a stand-alone instrument, sharp as a weapon, wielded with the fluidity of a samurai, stealthy and overwhelmingly deadly.”

    • There’s another good review here at The Final World too, which makes some well-merited criticism of the Hyde Park experience:
      “As ever, it is enormous, and organised with the kind of incompetence only the British truly excel at…Hyde Park is a ruthless and cynical money extraction system, designed to separate you from your money, and it is fiercely efficient and ruthless at it.
  • Not quite The Real Thing but UK tribute act Faith No Man play Swansea this Friday.

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Dan Boyle teams up with Faith No More

Here at FNM 2.0, we have always laboured under the misconception that hockey is a game played by posh girls in short skirts, but it seems that a version of the game played on ice is also extremely popular especially in north American. And star of the sport Dan Boyle, joined Faith No More on their 4-5 July jaunt to London and Poland.

The defenceman was a big free-agency mover last week and even allowed Faith No More to announce his move to the New York Rangers on the band’s new Twitter page.

And ESPN reported: “The veteran blueliner is in England this week, hanging out with his favorite band, Faith No More, who are on tour. “Yes, I planned this a LONG time ago,” Boyle told ESPN.com via text message Wednesday. “My summer workouts have a one-week transition period that allows me to rest and recover [for seven days], so I took advantage and came with them for a couple of shows. Back on Sunday.”

Boyle was formerly with the San Jose Sharks, favourite team of Faith No More singer Mike Patton. ESPN reported: “A source confirmed to ESPN.com that the Rangers signed Boyle to a two-year, $9 million contract, which also includes a no-move clause. The 37-year-old Boyle, a long-time member of the San Jose Sharks, was one of the most coveted defensemen to hit the market when free agency opened.”

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Faith No More’s new songs: Superhero, Motherf*cker, Matador lyrics and video

Faith No More
‘s return to the stage after two years in London and Poland on Friday and Saturday could not have been more exciting for fans of the band. FNM premiered two new songs, giving their strongest hint yet that they are working on new material and bring the prospect of a first album since 1997′s Album of the Year tantalisingly closer.

The band, who previously teased new song Matador in late 2011, played Superhero and Motherfucker and both shows on their mini-European tour.

Both new tracks feature delicate melodies, prominent keyboards and multiple vocals, with Roddy taking most of the vocal duties on Motherfucker. Since the songs aired, fans have noticed Peeping Tom influences, the call-and-response nature of the Superhero evoking their pre-Patton work and have attempted to decipher the lyrics.

Here is our attempt to transcript some of the lyrics, along with the best of the videos of the songs. Please free to add your own versions in Comments.


Force fed more than we eat in the wild
Raised on a mash that can suffocate a child
Goaded, promoted in a ??? pocket style
Munching in the field while we’re choking on the bile
Corner the the muck of the geese without phones
Hushing down the public on a street without a home
Get the mother fucker on the phone

Hello Motherfucker
My lover
You had it coming
Get the motherfucker on the phone
Set aside the scruples and the strategies and the strain

A smallpox- laden blanket with invisible stains
Inoculated bastards but infects your brain

Just take me as a whole
This… has a hole
You took the second set from a calculator? phones
It was a ruse, a trick so I could phone
The truth is that ???? stones

Get the mother fucker on the phone (repeat)
Hello Motherfucker
My lover
You had it coming


Go Go Go Go….

There’s something wrong
Hiding in a cave…

Leader of men
Leader of men
Locked in your cage
Will you be one of them?



Leader of men
It’s all in your head
It’s all in your head
Sweet memories
Washing away


And here for the sake of completion is the band playing Matador again at Open’er on Saturday:

When lonesome came over me
A future shadow
Her ghost stood there, sang to me
Farewell, so long

I’ll awake you
From this living sleep
We’ll walk the shore
Where you were born
And bedded me

Although I cheat for the things
March forward, my son
A battle beyond frozen hills
Only for doubters

We will rise from the killing floor
Like a matador

The stained glass
A bovine ass
Can see right through
Every truth-soaked lie

Letters will trace every step
Out of this world
With every date, every date

We will be where you will be no more
No more

The stained glass
Or the hangman’s ass
Would serve you well
Now we’re comin’ back

Out of the words
Of these ghosts
We’ll jump the gates
And left to rise, we will rise

We will rise from the killing floor
Like a matador

And the dead live
May the dead live
And the dead live
What more can we give?

May the dead live
May the dead live
And the dead live
The dead live…

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Update: Video as Faith No More play new songs at Poland Open’er show

Update: Faith No More played three unreleased songs as they finished their mini-European tour at the Open’er Festival in Poland.

Contrary to earlier reports, the band did not play any previously unheard songs but gave second airings to Leader of Men/Superhero and Motherfucker – first played on 4 July in London - as well as Matador, which they first played in November 2011.

The unidentified songs previously reported as new material were in fact Spirit and The Crab Song.

Here is video of Matador from the festival:

And here is Leader of Men/Superhero

The Crab Song


Everything’s Ruined

Midlife Crisis

Cuckoo for Caca/ Easy

(via setlist.fm)
The Real Thing
From Out of Nowhere
Digging the Grave
The Crab Song
Everything’s Ruined
Cuckoo for Caca
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Midlife Crisis
Motherfucker (new song)
Last Cup of Sorrow
King for a Day
Ashes to Ashes
Leader of Men /Superhero

Falling to Pieces
We Care a Lot

More to to follow…

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Faith No More at Hyde Park: full show including two new songs in HD

Courtesy of the fine work of @joepagejr here is a playlist of all of the Faith No More show at Hyde Park on 4 July including those two enticing and beguiling new songs.

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Faith No More at Open’er Poland today

Faith No More play the second half of their weekend tour tonight when they headline Poland Open’er Festival.

The boys are on stage at 2215 CET and some shows from the festival are being streamed so we’ll be keeping an eye on the festival site.

There will be no live stream unfortunately

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