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3004, 2010

Another Mike Patton interview

April 30th, 2010|Faith No More, News|26 Comments

This one dropped last night as alcohol was slowly but surely numbing the memory of Liverpool’s ignominious UEFA Europa League exit [soccer alert]. A fan at Metal Sucks scored a great interview with Mike in which the now positively loggorheic frontman was again drawn on FNM’s future.
Extract below:

Given all the projects you’ve worked on over the years, what brought you back to Faith No More?
No good answer for that. It just happened. I think it was a reconciliation of sorts. We’ve been offered to reform many, many times over the last ten years. At some point, we all realized, “Hey, what’s the problem here? Should we do this? Will the music stand up?” That was a big question. So, we rehearsed to kinda figure out whether it would stand up or not. And it did. And here we are.

How have these reunion shows been for you? Have they been enjoyable for you?
Yeah. Of course. I’m not in the business of suffering. I’m not gonna put myself out there and torture myself. I’m just not gonna do it. It feels good. It feels comfortable. In a way, we’re sort of… we’re revisiting the past but we’re also healing some old wounds. We didn’t break up under the best of circumstances and this is sort of a chance to get that right. Anyone in their life, if they have a chance to sorta go back to a certain snapshot in their life, and maybe do something different… I think that’s what we’re doing right now.

With these live shows, whose idea was it to include Peaches & Herb and Lady GaGa covers into the set?
[laughs] I don’t wanna take complete credit, but… Look, it’s something that happens. It’s not something where we sat down and said, “Hey, let’s do a Lady GaGa cover over one of our tunes.” It just kinda happens. A lot of that is my responsibility. We played a certain set of music for a long period of time, and it’s only natural to get a little complacent. So, to me, what’s fun is injecting other people’s tunes over the top of our tunes. I guess it’s a live mash-up, if you will.

I know a lot of people are really excited about the shows and the reunion. Do you think you guys, reconciling as you are, will ever get back into the studio to write and record new stuff?
Who cares? Why does that have to matter? Basically, what we’re about right now is having people enjoy a certain moment. Anything beyond that, hey, I can’t control it. We can’t control it. So, it’s not important. If people are deciding to come to our show based on [whether] we’re recording another record or not? Hey, are you fucking kidding me? No. No one fucking cares. It doesn’t matter. And. for the record, if we do it, yeah, that’d be fine. But it doesn’t seem like it’s in the cards right now. One of the reasons this reunion has been so fun — so enjoyable — is because we haven’t had those kind of clouds hanging over our heads. There’s no pressure. We show up. We play music.

2904, 2010

Mike Patton gives the skinny on Faith No More’s future

April 29th, 2010|Faith No More, News|33 Comments

The Skinny have just droopped an intriguing and mostly Mondo Cane themed interview with Mike Patton. And he opens the Pandora’s box of what Faith No More’s plans might be:

Has the recent Faith No More reunion given you a fresh appreciation and perspective of what that band achieved in its original existence?
“Yeah, I would say a little bit. Maybe more so that it’s something we should feel collectively proud of, and really not hold any personal grudges about. I don’t think we’ve ever been happier playing this stuff or closer as people. It’s interesting to see how time treats situations like that.”

Do you see a future for the band beyond these shows, given that the chemistry and demand is still there?
“You know, it’s very tempting to want to say yes, and that would probably be the correct answer. But right now, we’re more concerned with doing what we set out to do, which was a limited run and keep it special. Keep it without obligation whatsoever. Show up and play. I think that is one of the things which has improved our moods and really, it’s been about music; no promotion, no videos, no extraneous adventures. I would venture a guess that this is going to be it, but hey – this is what our focus is now – once this is all over, maybe we’ll sit around, have a laugh and talk about the future. But right now I think it’s way too early to say.”

The Skinny guys have really outdone themselves. Here’s an accompanying interview in which Mike gets quizzed by “collaborators, friends and fans from music communities far and wide”. Revealing.

2804, 2010

Links for a day…(vol.59)

April 28th, 2010|Links for a day|20 Comments

  • It seems that the Alan Moore project featuring Mike Patton will after all see the light of day. According to Pitchfork, Unearthing, a box set centred around audio of Moore reading a story with a score by a crew of top music figures including Patton will be released on 5 July in the UK and 6 July in the US. You can already pre-order the attractive box set here.
  • In more immediate Patton news, Stubbadub have rounded up all Mondo Cane European tour dates. I’l be seeing him in Lucerne.
  • New Mike Mondo Cane interview from Exclaim in Canada. Sample quote: “The music directs the emotion. It is so expressive and beautiful; so different than the drivel that is considered pop in the U.S.”
  • More Mondo Cane. Reviews (thanks to Firsa in comments for the first one up) from:
    Right Where You are Sitting Now – “A perfect summer pop record”
    The Skinny – “Mondo Cane is a rare achievement – an adventurous reinterpretation of timeless oldies which will no doubt serve as a rapturous soundtrack to the heady summer months.”
    Frantikmag – “Mike’s vocals are completely and utterly earth shattering as usual. His voice is just one of a kind period. There’s really no other artist in this world that does what Mike Patton does and this record is proof of Mike’s beautiful mind at work.”
    The Music Fix – “Fans of his previous work will be delighted that yet another musical change of direction has yielded such a compelling and exciting album.”
    LA Music Blog – “While the overall concept seemed somewhat capricious at first, the reworked Italian classics offer Patton’s most accessible material to date.”
  • There’s also a  Soundcloud stream of the album (thanks also to Firsa). Buy the album here and elsewhere.
  • Mike has also been out and about in the past week. Riding the Zamboni (ice-resurfacing machine Wikpedia informs) at the San Jose Sharks, according to his Facebook:
  • Dan’s Faith No More blog has a nice retrospective on the 20th anniversary of the recording of Live at Brixton. Dan also has some nice full streaming video concert footage here.
  • Rey emailed me with this bizarre video clip from the popular King of Fighters 94 arcade game which seemingly features a blatant rip-off of Surprise?You’re Dead on the soundtrack. Great find.
2404, 2010

Happy Birthday Bill

April 24th, 2010|News|17 Comments

William David Gould was born on 24 April 1963 so turns 47 today. Bill was of course a founding member of Faith No More and is generally regarded as the driving force behind the band and the figurehead of the band. Away from Faith No More, he is the CEO of Kool Arrow records, a noted producer and has played with Mexican metallers Brujeria, as a guitar player with German rockers Harmful and most recently Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine.

Even someone with my limited musical knowledge acknowledges that Bill’s bass-playing is a crucial component of the Faith No More sound. Here is a good evaluation of his style from a fan and here Bill speaks about his equipment and here he speaks about the genesis of The Real Thing. Bill speaking to Bass Player about his style and equipment.
On a personal level I had the pleasure of meeting Bill last year and he is a really great guy.

Video

The bass track from Epic

Bill’s remix of Caffeine
Bill speaking about and playing in Harmful
Interview on Italian TV in 1992
1988 interview (what is Bill wearing?)
1995 audio interview with Mike

Billy in quotes

On starting to play music:
“I learned to play bass because Roddy could play piano, his mom used to make him practice for two hours in the mornings, and a friend of ours had drums and we got some guitars.”
Faith No More, The Real Story

“I’m pretty much a self-taught guy. I learned how to play not by practicing scales or anything like that, but from writing songs. When you run into a challenge with a part you’re writing, you learn how to get around it. People who are learning to play instruments should spend more time working out stuff with others who also don’t know how to play. In that situation, you can communicate in a language that’s personal.”
Bass Player magazine August 1995

On playing bass:
“I began playing bass in something like 1976, when guitar was the ultimate instrument. Everyone wanted to be a lead guitarist. To me, bass felt better to play, I could get to a band level fairly quickly, and it was never hard to find people to jam with.”
Groth’s Faith No More page 1998

On songwriting:
“The way we write songs comes not so much from a style, but more like a visual scene that we see in our heads. Then we try to create something that gives us the feeling of that scene. So, rather than just being songs, they also paint a picture, For instance, we had a song called ‘The Edge of the World.’ Before any of the parts of that song were even written, there was the basic, non musical idea of the song: Just imagine a sleazy cocktail lounge with a fifty year old man trying to pick upon a fourteen year old girl. Because so much of our music starts from visuals, it’s hard to pin down any one person in the band doing the same thing every time we write a song. Every song is different.”
Monitor magazine 1991

“When it comes to writing songs, the material is something we do unconsciously. We’re musicians and we’re in a band and we write songs – it’s not something that we analyse. It’s hard to analyse what you do naturally, it’s really kind of difficult. It’s especially difficult to say it in an interesting way because it’s a little too close. It seems natural, it’s what we do naturally.”
Hot Metal 1992

“Roddy, Puffy, and myself like to jam together. We’re the guys who started the band, so we like to get in the same room and play. A lot of my playing comes off the drummer. So when we get together, we can really work things out together and fine-tune stuff.”
Keyboard Magazine September 1997

On his playing style:
“Well, I’m not a technically fast or proficient bass player. I like to say more with less notes, and using strength is one way to find expression without playing too much. There are ways to really hit the strings, where you can get a very solid, strong tone, where the bass almost sounds like it’s in pain. Also, I like to play either along with, or counter to, the kick drum. That’s my style, and happily, the more years I’ve played in this way, the stronger I’ve become. I can even tell a difference between the KFAD times and now in terms of power. As far as telling guitarists what to do, rather than telling him to back off, find the holes and fill them in. Even a single note in the right place can bring a whole song together. From my perspective, attempting crazy stuff just to stand out is counter productive. But feel free to disagree.”
Groth’s Faith No More page 1998

On recruiting Mike Patton:
“As I said I was against the idea. But then he came down and tried out. We told him to just sing with our music, whatever the first idea off the top of his head was to just sing it, and he had a million ideas. He totally understood what we were doing in a real physical sense. He took cues off the music and sang over it. We tried out a few other guys, but he was the one although I felt a bit guilty about it. Guilty because it seemed too easy. It seemed like he was gonna get exploited to death; a young innocent with long hair. Too easy to sell! But he could sing, he knew what we were doing and he was the most natural choice.”
Faith No More, The Real Story

On touring with Guns N’Roses and Metallica:
“That tour was a nightmare. We got real hostility from Metallica fans which we kind of expected but we at least expected GN’R fans to be kind of into something that wasn’t entirely heavy and was also about songwriting. Nope, they hated us too. As soon as Roddy would start playing his synth, that was it. It was ‘fag’ music. It put the bit in between your teeth ‘cos halfway through that tour we realised that we had to annoy these people as much as possible. It didn’t take much to make us behave appallingly and the po-faced bullshit of that tour was all the invitation we needed. It was a typical example of the way the ‘industry’ has these great ideas for you that you know are fucked up from conception. Those kids hated us man, but at every gig you could tell that there were some kids who were going to go home and buy ‘Angel Dust’. Yeah, and then form terrible bands later.”
Metal Hammer 2009

“Touring with Axl has been like touring with Michael Jackson–although I think I’ve seen Michael Jackson more times on this tour that I have Axl!”
Sky Magazine December 1992

On touring in general:
“Last time we toured, with The Real Thing, I left home at the age of 26 and got back when I was 28. Some of my friends had moved away, some had gotten married, some had had kids. I had a hard time dealing with that. This time I’m 29, and I know I’m gonna be on the road until I’m 31. Fuck, I don’t even wanna think about it.”
Sky Magazine December 1992

The final word on the departure of Jim Martin:
“Anything negative I have to say about Jim I’ve already said in the press whilst he was in the band so I don’t see any point in reiterating it. I can’t see anything constructive coming out of badmouthing Jim at this point in time. I understand that people will be egging us on [to do so] and that’s fine. I love to hear dirt too. I just think that at this point in time it wouldn’t do us any good, and my obligations are to this group and make it work. I think we just wanna write a good record. And now circumstances have finally happened that can allow us to write a great record. We’re really excited with our new possibilities.”
Faith No More, The Real Story

On Faith No More breaking up:
“We knew that either we were going to take a long break or split. That part was inevitable. As far as the actual split, there were two reasons why it initiated with Puffy. First of all, how many people can you replace and still call yourself Faith No More (and Bordin was a founding member, and a big part of our sound)? Secondly, having to cancel a really big tour because of him, and his “career interests”, after 17 years of working together really killed the spirit for all of us. I feel very ashamed about his decision.”
Groth’s Faith No More page 1998

On being unconventional:
“We’re just unconventional because we’re being ourselves and everybody’s got a fingerprint that’s different. I don’t think that’s even an intention to be different. I think our differences come out just by us expressing ourselves.”
Faces magazine June 1995

On new material:
“I can tell you that we have spoken of that, and that I am in favour, but I think we will have to see how we feel after this tour.”
Clarin, October 2009

“I’d love that to happen, but it’s something to be solved once we finish the tour. For now we are enjoying playing, we’re having a great time.”
La Tercera, October 2009

Sources
As always:
Stefan Negele gig database
Plus
Groth’s Faith No More page
Faith No More: The Real Story by Steffan Chirazi

2204, 2010

Links for a day…(vol. 58)

April 22nd, 2010|Links for a day|13 Comments

  • We’re a few days late to this but its been busy. Faith No More broke up on 20 April 1998, 12 years ago this week. Here are some of the press obituaries of the time:
  • New York Times: “Faith No More, the 15-year-old San Francisco rock band known for its energetic mix of punk, jazz, heavy metal, samba, polka and easy-listening, has broken up. The group’s announcement this week said the decision was mutual and, in typical band fashion, ended with a joke: ”There will be no pointing of fingers, no naming of names, other than stating, for the record, that Puffy started it.”
  • Rolling Stone (no link as they’ve gone all pay wall): “During Faith No More’s fifteen-year run, they spent nearly as much time diffusing break-up rumors as they did making music. As of today, they no longer have to worry about either. The band officially announced its break-up eleven months after the release of its sixth album.”
  • MTV: “Faith No More has officially called it quits. Earlier this month, the band had played a handful of overseas concerts in Spain and Portugal, a move that served to at least temporarily set their fans’ minds at ease in light of a never-ending sea of rumors, but their relief was short lived.”
  • Not sure if I posted this previously but even if I have it is worth a second look. It is a feature from MTV in 1995 and shows interviews with the band and footage from the Evidence video shoot.
    The second part kicks off with Bill promoting Andy‘s original Caca Volante website and mailing list complete with nostalgic mentions of Mosaic and Netscape. It also includes their appearance on John Stewart’s show.
  • Commenter Lusty has got the second part of her Warfield post up on her Anywhere but here blog. Billy, bed bugs, Bungle tshirts and bed bugs right this way.
  • Patton Archivo unearthed and tweeted this gem earlier today. I grew up on Zig and Zag, the extra-terrestrial aliens, on Irish TV in the late 80s and early 90s and here they are covering Epic in their Two Elvises guise in 1994.
  • Still no word of a summer UK date on this second Second Coming European tour but UK fans can get their FNM fix from new tribute act Faith No Man. Their next date is in the Midlands on 21 May. Check out their tour dates and covers here.
2104, 2010

Links for a day…(vol. 57)

April 21st, 2010|Links for a day|11 Comments

  • Warfield posters are on sale at Secret Serpents.
  • More media love for Faith No More’s Coachella performance. Here’s the Examiner review. Sample quote: “I wanted this to be so good, and with only 50 minutes to perform, they had to nail it and nail it quickly. Good news is they did, and every song was something to be marveled at.”
  • And here is Beat Crave: “Comedy aside, it was a stellar set, with the band burning through pre-Patton hits like the synth-woozed crunch of “We Care a Lot” and, of course, the slam-bang rap-rock kinetics of “Epic,” all with the energy and dedication to creating an experience that bands half their age would be hard-pressed to muster.”
  • And MSN’s Reverb blog: “Singer Mike Patton, hair slicked back, dressed in a pressed red jumpsuit that matched the IMAX-screen-sized red velvet curtain behind the band, struck arm-outstretched poses like an Italian opera divo, snarling and crooning through the band’s extensive catalog. His mercurial voice was ballasted by FNM’s towering low-end rhythm section of bassist Billy Gould and drummer Mike Bordin.”
  • Meanwhile, more Mondo Cane news. The Wroclaw Poland date for 22 July we previously reported has now been confirmed. Ticket details here.
  • And Mike will fittingly also bring Mondo Cane to Italy, on 25 July at the Jazzin’ Festival in Milan. Tickets from ticketone.
  • New Jersey’s Aquarian Weekly has a review of the Mondo Cane release, due out on 4 May: “It’s a wonderful cross section of Italian pop that the many-talented vocal acrobat has curated on this release, and Mondo Cane is a warm love letter to Italian music that Patton has highlighted for his cultish audience.”
2004, 2010

Faith No More at Coachella from another angle

April 20th, 2010|Faith No More, News|11 Comments

Courtesy of Greg Gould, here is a very unique perspective on Faith No More at Coachella, as filmed from the side of the stage.

Greg’s channel
And here is Greg’s Coachella recap:
All ©Greg Gould

2004, 2010

Another new Mike Patton interview

April 20th, 2010|Faith No More|5 Comments

Just too late for the Links for a day earlier but probably worth a post on its own is news that LA Weekly have interspersed some segments of a pre-Coachella interview with Mike Patton they helped conduct for the festival’s CAMP magazine with a review of Faith No More’s Indio SHOW.
Sample quote: “With Faith No More, even though we’re a bunch of old men, what I remember about our best shows is some sort of confrontation with the audience. I didn’t even have to think about it … When we started doing these shows, that element about what I do when I perform came back. It’s not planned, it’s not thought out. I really even sometimes think to myself, ‘Hey let’s just play the show tonight, don’t be an asshole, don’t pick a fight, don’t do this, don’t do that…’ and then things happen, you know?”

More Patton quotes including who he was looking forward to seeing at the festival and full LA Weekly article.

2004, 2010

Faith No More in Brooklyn and Philadelphia presale

April 20th, 2010|Faith No More, News|22 Comments

The presale is now under way and tickets are still on sale.
Brooklyn
Philly

Good luck!!

2004, 2010

Links for a day…(vol. 56)

April 20th, 2010|Links for a day|2 Comments

As the dust settles on Warfield and Coachella a few more links, though not without a few more Coachella reviews thrown in.

  • Here’s a new Patton interview from Bloody Disgusting. All about his love of horror film music (thanks to Kristina for the spot).
  • Great almost reverential detailed review from the guys at mxdwn.com. Sample quote: “They were soulful and sweet when they wanted to be, open and engaging to the audience to help stir up their interest and razor-sharp focused when they needed to be. Faith No More absolutely owned their Coachella Stage performance, turning what seemed an adversarial crowd into an excited one.”
  • Speaking about reverential, love this quote from The New York Times’ august review: “Mr. Patton, 42, crowd-surfed as he sang Michael Jackson’s ballad “Ben.””
  • ChinaShop have a great review too, with a wonderful selection of photos and this killer quote: “It was like watching long-lost lovers run towards each other across a festival field, arms outstretched, and then beat the living piss out of one another.” Some non-Patton photos here for a change:
  • Rewinding a little our good friends at RockMidgets have very detailed reviews of Faith No More’s Australian sidewave shows complete with some brilliant galleries. Here’s the Melbourne two-part review and the Sydney and Melbourne Soundwave reviews.
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