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3006, 2015

INTERVIIEW: Roddy Bottum speaks to Clash magazine – plus a bonus unreleased Patton interview

June 30th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|2 Comments

The Clash magazine interview with Roddy Bottum has finally been published and its an excellent read, with the Faith No More keyboardist in excellent form.

2015-06-30 18_14_57-Clash Magazine

He speaks about Billy Gould’s role in making Sol Invictus happen:

“He’s always taken the lead; he’s very go-get-em, very enterprising, push ahead, forge ahead kinda guy. The rest of us are a little slower. I mean, he produced, mixed and wrote a large part of what we’re releasing.”

About the music.making process:

“I think it’s like extremes. Extreme highs and extreme lows. Intensity and release. When we think about our music we think about it more in terms of that, as opposed to the confusing process but I think as a result it does confuse people.”

And he confirms what we thought about Motherfucker.

“Whereas before when we were making music, releasing music before there were always big companies involved, big record companies. That song is about the accountability of that. Who is accountable for what we do, for the release and presentation of what we do. And yeah, exactly at this point it’s only us – we started our own record company and we’re doing things strictly on our terms. The people who are accountable are the five of us and it’s a pretty good place to be.”

The magazine has also disinterred an old interview with Mike Patton from 2010 that was never published, written by friend of the site Ben Hopkins.

Here are some highlights:

“The only TV I watch is stuff from the Sixties. But I love Planet Earth. I’ve developed a real crush on David Attenborough. It’s hard to go to sleep without hearing his voice.”

“I’ve been on a French crime spree. Jean-Pierre Melville I’ve been really into lately; Le deuxième soufflé, Red Circle is amazing, Army of Shadows is incredible. Most of these have Lena Ventura in who was an amazing actor.”

3006, 2015

Links for a day 183: Superhero honour, behind the scenes and more

June 30th, 2015|Faith No More, Links for a day, News, Sol Invictus reviews|2 Comments

Here’s our round-up of what’s been happening over the past few days while the rest of the music media have been belatedly catching up with the Faith No More Foo Fighter’s snippet.

Superhero number 2 in What Culture list

The list in question is their 10 Best Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Songs Of 2015 (So Far) rundown and Superhero comes in at number 2. Here is some of what they say:

“One of the most mature and meticulously stitched together hard rock songs of the year for a band whose iconic status has only been extended further with the genre defying Sol Invictus.”

Sol Invictus in Rolling Stone album of the year list

Another list.  Rolling Stone has published its clickbaitish albums of the year so far list – in June. They say: “It’s nearly half over, but the year of the dueling streaming services has already given us plenty of reasons to press play. Mumford went electric, Dylan went Rat Pack and Mark Ronson went to the top of the charts. D’Angelo made a huge impact on 2015 with his bold return (after 14 years without a new album), which was followed by comeback LPs from Faith No More (after 18 years) and the Sonics (49 years). And of course there has been no shortage of newcomers — indie wordsmith Courtney Barnett, hip-hop’s giddy Rae Sremmurd, high-concept dance crew Future Brown — turned heads as well. Here’s the best of 2015’s first six months.”
And on Sol Invictus, they re-iterate:

“Sol Invictus, the band’s first record since 1997’s underrated Album of the Year, offers newer, better versions of Faith No More’s formula: spaghetti-Western guitars (“Cone of Shame”), proggy keyboard drama (“Matador”) and tons of vocal contortions from lead singer Mike Patton (“Rise of the Fall”).”

Insightful Niccolò Antonietti interview

If you have been at any of the Faith No More shows this summer, chances are you will have spotted among the white-clad crew bearded monitoring engineer Niccolò Antonietti. He has given an insightful interview to ZioGiorgio, which gives a look behind the scenes on the technical aspects of putting together the Faith No More live experience.

Here are some choice cuts:

“I had the chance to work as monitor engineer for Mike Patton’s parallel project “Mondo Cane”. I must have done a good job because after the concert Mike Patton asked me if I wanted to work with them till the end of the tour as their official monitor engineer. From then on it was like a snowball effect. Mike Patton asked me to work with Faith No More and then with Tomahawk, and then, with the help of their sound engineer, I also started to work with Primal Scream. I then decided to move across to London and work here.”

“We did “Download” in Donington (UK) last week, where we had only half an hour for stage changeover, with 10 minutes taken up to changeover from the previous group. This year we had a completely white stage, including white carpeting, so another ten minutes were for stage set-up, and so in the remaining ten minutes you need people on the stage that know what they’re doing.”

Yoga and the No Worries hotel in Finland

Mike P and Roddy lead the crowd in some yoga instruction and arrange a date at the No Worries hotel at Provinssirock.

Burton snowboard winners

The winners of those wonderful Burton Faith No More snowboards met the band in Sweden at the weekend. Anneli Grotterød, Steve Murphy and Felix Seifert were the winners.

Read more here (via @mariadollyfnm)

Refused hitch a ride

As reported by UpRoxx and elsewhere, Faith No More offered a plane ride to reunited Swedish punks The Refused to Provinssirock.

Late, late Antiquiet Sol Invictus review

There is a lot to be said in this age of immediate gratification and instant evaluation to let an album soak in and wash over you and I’ll assume that’s why Antiquiet have waited about six weeks before passing judgement on Sol Invictus.The review is worth waiting for as they say:
“I won’t go into any trite soapboxing about whether or not this is an acceptable “comeback album” or what Faith No More may or may not have had to prove to anyone, whether they did or did not succeed in doing so, or any of all that obvious blogger bullshit. But what I do feel is safe to say, and re-affirmed by this album, is that Faith No More is still very much a force to be reckoned with, and one of the most powerful bands still working.”

2906, 2015

CONCERT: Faith No More at Tinderbox festival setlist, Patton poncho problems, videos and more

June 29th, 2015|News|5 Comments

Faith No More finished off the European leg of their Sol Invictus tour in Denmark at the Tinderbox festival on Sunday night.

Apart from Mike Patton having a Mario Balotelli moment with a poncho, it was a fitting finale. There were no real surprises in the set but Spirit and King for a Day and 5 cuts from Sol Invictus( but not Sunny Side Up) were included.

Setlist

Motherfucker
Be Aggressive
Caffeine
Evidence
Epic
Black Friday
Ricochet
Midlife Crisis
Get Out
Easy
Separation Anxiety
Spirit
King For A Day
Ashes To Ashes
Superhero

Matador
We Care A Lot
I Started A Joke

Reviews

Gaffa
A 5-star review

Poncho problems

Video

Poncho wins #faithnomore

A video posted by Gus Guerrero (@gustaborracho) on

Videos

Epic

Motherfucker

#faithnomore #tinderbox #tinderbox2015 #tb15 #denmark

A video posted by @toex on

2806, 2015

CONCERT: Faith No More at Provinssirock setlist, videos, photos, reviews

June 28th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Tour dates|0 Comments

Faith No More continued the Nordic leg of their Sol Invictus tour with a stop in Finland – where the album went number one on release – for the Provinssirock festival.

The band apparently set out to see Finnish local legends Terveet kädet on one of the festival smaller stages as soon as they arrived before playing their headline show.

And met up with Finnish hockey player Antti Niemi:

The people you run into in Finland. #Nemo

A photo posted by Faith No More (@faithnomore) on

Musically, the highlight was the inclusion of Spirit in the setlist. Sunny Side Up was again not played. It has only been played at the BBC Radio 1 and Arte TV shows since 2 June, with the more up-tempo Black Friday preferred live.

Setlist

Motherfucker
Be Aggressive
Caffeine
Evidence
Epic
Black Friday
Everything’s Ruined
Midlife Crisis
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Easy
Separation Anxiety
Spirit
King for a Day
Ashes to Ashes
Superhero

Digging the Grave
Matador
I Started a Joke

Video

Reviews

Ikka
Helsingin Sanomat

2806, 2015

CONCERT: Faith No More at Bravalla festival setlist, photos, videos, reviews

June 28th, 2015|Faith No More, Tour dates|0 Comments

Faith No More continue their mini-marathon final stretch of the European leg of their Sol Invictus tour with a headlining show at Sweden’s Bravalla festival.

Setlist

Motherfucker
Be Aggressive
Caffeine
Evidence
Epic
Black Friday
Everything’s Ruined
Midlife Crisis
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Easy
Last Cup of Sorrow
Separation Anxiety
King for a Day
Ashes to Ashes
Superhero

Matador
We Care a Lot

Videos

Epic

Easy

Photos

 

Rockfoto

Reviews

Gaffa
“It is fascinating when you hear them mix songs from throughout his career how they utterly refuse to adapt to the current rules. A hard metal slice goes into bossa nova together with a ballad, some kind of mutated funk and pure popg. It’s real punk and fucking damn good.”

NT.se

 

2706, 2015

Faith No More special request for New Zealand fan Rena

June 27th, 2015|Faith No More, News|0 Comments

Faith No More played a special request rendition of Land of Sunshine at their 23 June show in Hamburg for New Zealand fan Rena Sciascia, who has an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Best wishes Rena – Faith No More fans everywhere are thinking of you and hopefully many will lend their support to the fund-raising drive for alternative treatment.

Show Rena your support by sharing this to everyone you know and by donating whatever you can to her Givealittle page

2606, 2015

Faith No More at Rock Werchter setlist, photos and videos

June 26th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Tour dates|3 Comments

Faith No More filled in for a little known Nirvana side project at the wonderful Rock Werchter in Belgium last night.

The band included a snippet of All My Life during Midlife Crisis and played 6 tracks from Sol Invictus.

Videos

Faith No More als vervanger voor Foo Fighters… wacht wa?!!! #foonomore #rw15 #donderdag #faithnomore

A video posted by Matthias Decraene (@matthias_decraene) on

Faith No More als vervanger voor Foo Fighters… wacht wa?!!! #foonomore #rw15 #donderdag #faithnomore

A video posted by Matthias Decraene (@matthias_decraene) on

Easy like Sunday morning? #faithnomore live at #rockwerchter #rw15

A video posted by KOREN/RONMR (@fake_plastic_me) on

Setlist

Motherfucker
Be Aggressive
Caffeine
Evidence
Epic
Black Friday
Everything’s Ruined
Midlife Crisis with Foo Fighters’ “All My Life” and The Trashmen’s “Surfin’ Bird”
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Easy
Separation Anxiety
Cuckoo for Caca
Matador
Ashes to Ashes
Superhero

We Care a Lot
Cone of Shame

Photos

VIF (from 47 onwards)
De Morgen

(c) De Morgen

Focus Knack 

Reviews

De Morgen
Proximus
Le Soir

2406, 2015

Faith No More at Berlin Live setlist and report

June 24th, 2015|Faith No More, News|9 Comments

Faith No More returned to Berlin for the second time in a month to play the tiny Schulz club, recorded specially for ARTE.

The band played the whole of their Sol Invictus album from start to finish.

And then added Caffeine, Midlife Crisis and I Started a Joke. So no Epic, Easy or We Care a Lot.

The club was tiny and rammed and I haven’t been so hot and sweaty at a gay club in a long time.

The new album sounded urgent and vital in that club environment and were fervently received by a partian, passionate crowd.

   
    Setlist

Sol Invictus
Superhero
Sunny Side Up
Separation Anxiety
Cone of Shame
Rise of the Fall
Black Friday
Motherfucker
Matador
From the Dead
Caffeine
Midlife Crisis
I Started a Joke

2406, 2015

Links for a day 182: Hamburg reviews, Berlin TV, London reviews, French site

June 24th, 2015|Faith No More, Links for a day, News|1 Comment

Hamburg reviews

Hamburg’s two main newspapers carry reviews of Faith No More’s show at the Sporthalle last night.
Both are overwhelmingly positive.
Hamburger Morgenposten
Hamburger Abendblatt

Hamburg poster

Via Secret Serpents, this is the wonderful Robert Bowen poster from last night’s Hamburg show.

Faith No More on ARTE

Just an update on when we can expect this to air. Scottish band Texas played a Berlin Live show on 18 May and it will be broadcast on 26 June so we may need to wait 5 weeks to see this show in all its glory. I expect Rise of the Fall and a lot of Sol Invictus to again be played.

Faith No More French Community new website

The vibrant and vachement cool Faith No More French Community have long been a source of FNM news, videos, setlists and graphics on Facebook and now Bertrand, Nessie, Stevens, Antoine et al have a new website too.
And, as you would expect, it looks stunning. Check it out for the visuals and videos alone.

The Times give glowing London review

The Times should really have had reviewer James Jackson also review the album as he has given one of the band’s Roundhouse shows a rave write-up and a 4/5 score.
He says:

“Sounding at times like a tiger in pain, the 47-year-old singer has lost none of his operatic, multi-octave vocal power, even if his physical antics are less frenzied these days (I rather miss the crazed somersaults). Among the five, malevolent new tracks aired, Separation Anxiety built a fearsome head of steam, while the pulverising Superhero was greeted like an old favourite, as multi-coloured lights strafed the stage, souping up the Roundhouse’s antiseptic atmosphere.”

Metal Hammer give 10/10 review

Metal Hammer also loved the show and give a 10/10 review stating:

“Both the weathered bombast of Matador and the spiky, evil funk of Superhero are greeted like classics. Not only that, but the approach of Faith No More is still as confrontational as ever. Singer Mike Patton, as dry and sarcastic a frontman as you’ll ever see, goads the crowd throughout and the band veer from the swinging slide guitar of Evidence to the speed metal roar of Digging The Grave as if it’s the most natural thing in the world rather than the dizzying head fuck that it actually is.”

They also have a nice gallery from the show:

Faith No More history in Exclaim!

The Canadian music site Exclaim has put together one of the best band history articles we have read.

Spectrum Culture re-issues review

Mike Randall from Spectrum Culture has written a labour of love review of the Angel Dust and The Real Thing re-issues.

Evergig Roundhouse video

Evewrgig have updated with a selection of new Faith No More multicam Faith No More videos. Check out London Roundhouse from the 18 June:

2406, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Faith No More Rise of the Fall live debut in Hamburg

June 24th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Video vault|5 Comments

Faith No More finally played Rise of the Fall live last night in Hamburg, the last of the 10 Sol Invictus album tracks to get a public airing.

The band played the song at the start of the encore as a dress rehearsal for playing on the ARTE Berlin Live television show recording on Wednesday night.

A few caveats. The last 30 seconds or so is cut off as my phone storage gave out; I was directly under a huge bank of speakers at the left of the stage so the sound is a little muddy. Oh, and Patton asked the crowd if they wanted to hear a shitty song but in the context of him and Roddy saying that they had never played it live and weren’t sure how it would sound.

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