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308, 2016

New Chuck Mosley music on new Indoria album

August 3rd, 2016|News, Other bands|0 Comments

Former Faith No More singer Chuck Mosley appears as vocalist on You’ll Never Make The Six, the new release from Cleveland’s Indoria.

The official release for the band’s fourth album is 30 August but you can sample a selection of tunes below. The album features an expanded role for Mosley, who joined the band late in the recording process of their previous release.

Pre-oder the album here

Indoria are: Chuck Mosley-vocals, guitar
Douglas Esper-vocals, percussion
Michele Esper-vocals
Adam Probert-bass
Donald Spak-guitar

Meanwhile, the aforementioned Doug (vocalist, percussionist, manager, writer) spoke to Jim from FNM Followers yesterday about the record and Chuck’s US and European tour.
Check out the full article for a great read but here is a choice cut on the Indoria record we’ve purloined:

The new Indoria album ‘You’ll Never Make The Six’ is due for release in the UK in September through InfiniteHive. Chuck has a role on every track. What can we expect to hear?

So, three years ago we released the disc, There’s A Gleam. Chuck came in to do guest vocals on a song and we realized that he and my wife (Michele, vocalist for Indoria) sound awesome together. Adam Probert (bass, engineer, founder of Indoria) and I pitched him an idea the next year about doing a one-off studio project focused on mellower/acoustic tunes that he and she would sing. He agreed. We started writing and demoing stuff in late 2014-ish. By mid 2015 we had several songs “ready” to record.
Now, Chuck lives life on his own terms, at his own pace, on his schedule. So we sat and waited a while, but ultimately the itch to make more music won over and thus Indoria started working on new material. When Chuck became available the songs had all sort of blurred together, so we decided to just put it out under the Indoria moniker. I sing a couple, Chuck sings a couple, and my wife sings a couple and then we each do background and smaller parts on each other’s tunes.
In April of 2016 Chuck and I started practicing for his acoustic tour. During one of those practices he started noodling around with a song he had played at a coffee shop a few times doing solo shows. Not knowing what it was, I started slapping the conga (not a euphemism). Chuck asked me to keep the beat and we played it several times that day and we’ve performed it at every acoustic show thus far. We did a break-neck paced recording of the song and added some extra instrumentation by Donald Spak on sort of a lead guitar part and Chuck doing a few “noise” guitar parts. We added it onto the Indoria disc, though it really is a Chuck Mosley tune with a little of our flavor added.
Outside of that, the disc has six new songs that range from 80’s British synth rock minus the synth, folk, rock, pop, and even a lullaby. My five-year-old son provides guest vocals on one of the tunes, which means a lot to me as the song is about missing family while out on the road. There is a remix of the first song we did with Chuck on the American version of the disc, but we are cooking up an exclusive UK edition through InfiniteHive which will have more bonus tracks, remixes by some people you’ll recognize, and possibly a live version of Bella Donna the new song we’ve been playing on Chuck’s acoustic tour. That is, if you guys would want that? Hell, the photos by Jay Byrd that we used for the booklet are stunning enough, the music is just a bonus really.

1507, 2016

INTERVIEW: Mike Patton with Jehnny Beth on Beats 1

July 15th, 2016|Faith No More, Interviews, News, Other bands|2 Comments

Mike Patton spoke to the another captivating singer in Jehnny Beth from the wonderful Savages on her Start Making Sense Apple Beats 1 show.

Here are some extracts though you have to head over to and presumably sign up for Apple Music to hear the full thing.

This Tumblr site has listed all the music played on the show

Oh and the effortlessly cool, charismatic and beguiling Jehnny might even be basing her most recent look on Mike:

YouknowhatImean??? #mikepatton #menrolemodels

A photo posted by Jehnny Beth – SAVAGES (@jehnnybeth) on

2901, 2016

Nevermen release date: reviews round-up

January 29th, 2016|Faith No More, News, Other bands|5 Comments

Nevermen‘s long-awaited eponymous debut is released worldwide today. After a first listen, I can confirm that the record has the fingerprints of Mike Pattton all over it. And the album is picking up mostly positive reviews.

Rolling Stone:
Heroes of alt-metal, art-rock and underground rap team up for a thrillingly dense debut

The Skinny:
The results are a timeless, genre-smashing work with a psychedelic soul. Inevitably, fans of any constituent member will find vivid snatches of past guises strewn across the debut’s ten tracks, but the collective whole works toward something more, determined to dart off into the unknown at every labyrinthine lyrical turn.

Consequence of Sound:
Fortunately, Patton shaped these sessions, granting Nevermen a coherence and structure. It’s never as powerful an album as the members of Nevermen have proven capable of creating separate from this band, and at times their voices clash at incongruous angles — but, those moments of frisson make the experiment worthwhile. When all three voices join together with the precision of a diamond laser-cutter, they’re an unparalleled force.

Under the Radar
So many jerks of the steering wheel may not be for the faint of heart, but the trio coheres remarkably well, and the blizzard of ideas works like regular blasts of fresh oxygen or caffeine. Or both.

Irish Times
Nevermen provides fascinating insights into where the threesome’s collective heads are at when freed from their other duties.

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2612, 2015

Corey Taylor declares Faith No More Sol Invictus as album of the year

December 26th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News, Other bands|5 Comments

As part of a wide-ranging interview with Rolling Stone, Corey Taylor from Slipknot and Stone Sour again re-iterated his Faith No More love.

He said: 

[Let’s begin on a positive note. What was your favorite album this year?]

“Faith No More’s Sol Invictus, just because I never thought it was going to happen. Then, all of a sudden, we get “Motherfucker” and “Superhero,” and I was like, “Holy shit! What the fuck is this?” Then you get the whole album, and it’s such a great, dark, moving album. It was what I wanted it to be. For them to come back with that much attitude and do it their way and not give a shit what anybody thought, it was beautiful.”

508, 2015

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

August 5th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Other bands|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.”

106, 2015

LINKS FOR A DAY..(vol. 178): Bill Gould interview, Duff McKagan, posters, Kreator, Metal Forces review

June 1st, 2015|Faith No More, Links for a day, News, Other bands, Sol Invictus reviews|1 Comment

Rumore interview with Bill Gould

Ahead of Faith No More’s concert at Sonispehre in Milan tomorrow, Italian music magazine Rumore has published an interview with Bill Gould. Here are some choice cuts:

“None of us have the ambition to change the course of musical history, not at this age. We’re all older and more relaxed.”

On the theme of the album:

“It’s exactly like that but, I confess, it was not planned. We only realised it when making the record. The more the record grew the more we ourselves discovered a common line. I repeat, it was probably the fact that, having no inclination to change the musical structure, as in the 1990s, we focused on the song’s form.”

“I never want to see our career confined to a song. It would be brutal. It would be the end. And perhaps it is also a message, by now old in our fifties, to other musicians. Continue to be musicians and songwriters. Build yourself an identity in a world that has no identity. It is the only guarantee of survival.”

Metal Forces review

A wonderful 10/10 review from Metal Forces. They say:

“Sol Invictus is a timely reminder as to why Faith No More remains such a titanic and influential force in music. It was Bill Gould who once said, “Rock ‘n’ roll is not wanting to know about anything about anybody else, but having them wanting to know everything about you”, and that sums up the album, because Faith No More has remained in a field of its own since its inception and its audience has become something akin to a crowd so eager for a sneak peek into this sideshow of genius. While Faith No More let us get close to unravelling its mysteries, it’s always able to keep us at arm’s length – mocking all the while as we fall into its trap. For every fault, blemish and dark corner, Sol Invictus is true genius.”

Faith No More Followers sum it all up in a sentence

A great feature from Faith No More Followers, as they get leading FNM-related figures to sum up Sol Invictus.
Their latest is from Dave Lombardo:
“‘Sol Invictus is exactly what I hoped it would be. Unique, risky…. I dig it!'”

Duff McKagan digs the Real Thing

The Gimp aka former Guns N’Roses bassist Duff McKagan spoke about his love for The Real Thing which features in his book’s  (How to be a Man) list of his 100 favourite albums.

Kreator dig Faith No More

German thrash metal kingpins Kreator were full of praise for Faith No More after they both appeared at Rockavaria on Sunday.
In a Facebook post, they said:

Periphery singer on Sol Invictus

And the final entry on the theme of other bands bigging up Faith No More is a tweet yesterday from Periphery singer Spencer Sotelo:

Secret Serpent posters

Secret Serpents have posted details of Faith No More‘s European tour poster releases.

805, 2015

Slipknot, Deftones and System of a Down sing Faith No More praises for Artist direct piece

May 8th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Other bands|4 Comments

Faith No More’s status as alternative rock pioneers was further burnished today as Artist direct spoke to Chino Moreno of Deftones, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Serj Tankian of System of a Down to get their opinions on the returning rockers.

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First up, the article sets out its stall:

“The San Francisco icons took the term alternative and made it their own, creating music that literally bobbed and weaved past any and all trends and influenced countless acts to follow.”

Corey Taylor, Slipknot

I had heard Faith No More, but I actually had a moment with Faith No More that I just started talking about recently because people have asked me what inspired me to go in the direction I ended up going in. It was one of the few times I tried to commit suicide. I swallowed a whole bottle of pills. My ex-girlfriend, who was honestly the catalyst for why I did it—because I was a 19-year-old maniac—showed up at my house with her mom within minutes of me actually doing this…My grandmother came to pick me up. She took me back to our house, and I basically spent the rest of the night on the couch feeling so sorry for myself that it was almost ugly. I might as well have had an emotional odor coming out of me. The MTV Video Music Awards were on. It was the year Faith No More played “Epic”. There’s something so different about them live and them on a video. You didn’t really get that vibe from the video as much as you saw it live.

Mike Patton is a crazy genius. Watching him basically take the piss out of that entire audience and the fact everyone in that band had such diverse personalities that it worked, I was mesmerized. It shook my whole idea of what you can do musically.

Chino Moreno, Deftones

Angel Dust was the record that made me think, “This is one of the sickest bands.” The first album had a couple of good songs, but Angel Dust sounded savage to me. It sounded way more like a Mike Patton record. I feel like he had a lot more influence on it.

 

Serj Tankian, System of a Down

I love Faith No More and Mike Patton. Patton always pushes boundaries and does something completely different.

 

405, 2015

Faith No More interview with Spain’s RockZone magazine – translated

May 4th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Other bands|1 Comment

We have become almost habituated to Faith No More interviews in recent weeks but Barcelona-based free magazine RockZone has come up with a brilliant angle in their interview with Bill Gould. They arranged for David Gonzalez from Basque punk trio Berri Txarrak to interview his fellow bass player.
We reproduce the full interview here from the free publication but would strongly urge you to download it too to help support the publication.

The standout quote from Bill for me is.

“We have some other very good ideas, I think. I hope someday they will convert into Faith No More music.”

Read the full magazine here.

David Gonzalez

Translation is by our very good friend Pablo Fernandez.

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First of all some nuggets from the introduction from David: “Billy Gould was one of the reasons why I’m in the music business. The first time I listened to FNM I had my head blown off. The solid rhythm section, this voice and the way to create basslines changed my life forever. FNM are one of these bands ahead of his time, misunderstood at his time (luckily this is over) part because of their eclecticism and capacity to develop themselves amazingly in any musical style. If there’s something pretty hard FOR a band, it is to develop its own sound and trademarks that differentiate it from the rest, that make you identifiable at any instance. That and other virtues are precisely those that makes FNM so unique.”

Hey Bill, how are you? First of all, I’d like to thanks for and congratulate you on the new record.

Hey David. Well, thanks. We’re very happy, we just started the tour and we’re very thrilled with the new album.

Since I’m not a journalist, I’ll take the opportunity. I know that you were never that much into being interviewed and promotion. How is your relationship now with the press? How is the reception to the album?

It is very interesting. I think that the reaction from the press has been very good. I don’t know what we were expecting because this record, without being a FNM record, is very different from the previous ones. We used to make records that people didn’t understand and the response for this one has been very positive and a nice surprise. We presumed that the record will appeal to a certain group of fans.

How was the writing and recording process of Sol Invictus?

The whole priocess took a couple of years. We started writing little by little. First we made one song, than another…Without thinking of an album, really. We had a lot of ideas, but it was about to reach a point where everyone is ready/keen to make a record. And this took a while. Since we decided to make the album, the next step was to not say anything about it. We thought “let’s start to work and see what we got”. There were no expectations; we didn’t have any obligation to make an album. We just put ourselves to write music. As soon as we were in the rehearsal place I started to assemble some mics I had around there, in a casual way. And everything was pretty human, we were just the original members and no one else. It was brilliant.

You’re the main FNM writer/composer. Where and how does a song come to you?

It’s like a big puzzle. For me, making music is like architecture and all the pieces have to fit together. Like a big machine. There’s a little of everything. Sometimes we just jam and other times we worked with ideas that we brought from home. For this record, the process wasn’t so different from the others. At the end, what it matters is to write a song. It is like to fight a war: you use everything you have. If you have previously some ideas, brilliant if it comes from some jamming, brilliant too. You can use anything because at the end what matters is how good the song is.

One of your most notable characteristic is the rhythm section that you make with Mike Bordin. Do you write the bass first, for instance?

In some of the songs yes but not at all. The rhythm section is the skeleton of a song and it always was an important part of FNM because if you think about it, I’ve played with Mike Bordin since 1981. It’s pretty easy to compose with someone that you know very well. We know what we do. We’re not the best musicians in the world but we know each other very well.

After some listening it could be said that the keyboards are way more integrated and there’s a lot of piano on Sol Invictus unlike in previous records…

Yes, that’s what we wanted to do. It feels more natural. It feels more like a real band playing together on a stage with a real piano. It’s not like a sampler or a synth. And for us it is like when you drink a wine that was in a barrel for a long time: the piano was woozy, it feels more real.

What were the major influences at the time you made Sol Invictus?

Today there’s a lot of music that i don’t like. When I listen to something new, much of it doesn’t impress me at all. What I think is: “what would I like to listen to, what is missing?” There’s something that doesn’t connect with me. That’s how I think I want to write music that has this thing that is missing in other bands”. It makes me feel better. Music that we’re missing in our lives is our major influence, really.

Could you name some today’s band that are apart from this or a name that or that inspired you?

The Fall, The Cramps, The Kinks.

I know that the album is ready but are you still working on new things?

We have some other very good ideas, I think. I hope someday they will convert into Faith No More music.

Which one is your favorite song from the new album? Is there some that you’d like to highlight?

It changes everyday. Last week it was Sunny Side Up. And this week, probably Sol Invictus.

And the coolest song to play live?

At the moment we just played a couple live. Tonight, for instance, we played “Separation Anxiety” for the first time. I’ve always said that it’s weird because when you play a song for the first time you don’t feel confident about it yet. I’d say that I feel very comfortable playing “Superhero”, for instance.

Do you have any ritual before/after going onstage?

We don’t do anything special. I feel like crap 20 seconds before going onstage. And then it goes.

Yes, to me feels the same way…like to shrink before exploding onstage…

Yes, yes… it always feels the same, doesn’t it? Once you’ve played everything is cool but before it’s always hard to play. I can’t talk with anyone, it’s a bad feeling.

I’ve been aware that the person most against putting out something new was Mike Patton. What’s right about that statement?

Not only him. Everyone had their own concerns about the idea to make something new. But it is right to say that, without being the only one, Mike Patton had his own individually.

Ten years has passed by since when, in 1998, you guys decided to leave FNM and regroup for the reunion in 2009. What difference did you find in the music scene, industry, audience, since then?

You know what i see. I see even though business is making less profit than in the past, the mindset is more conservative. I think that the way the media works regarding music is more money-oriented than ever. Perhaps because there’s less money behind it.. There’s less romanticism in the way music refers to itself. You talk a lot more about social networks, the business…bands making all kinds of bullshit related to social media, mailing lists, etc…But this has nothing to do with playing music, there’s no lifestyle, there’s no culture, the cultural part of music is fucked.

You’re back with a self-produced album and you’ve produced lot of others. In fact, you were in charge of recording and producing. What are the benefits and the inconveniences of this?

The benefit was to only work with band members and anything we did was exactly what we want it. This is fantastic and gives you a lot of power. This is like you have an restaurant and in the back you have your own garden to cultivate the vegetables you’re going to cook and serve. But the bad part is that you have no one to help you out! (laughs). And the final result has to be very good and you have to sort things out to solve all your problems because we even didn’t record in a professional studio. It was only a rehearsal room. There were some challenges in the time to make it sound good because it wasn’t developed for recording. This was complicated but in the end it worked. We found a way to make it and to me, as sound engineer, has made me better and taught me a lot of new things.

At this time of band reunions i think that you’re one of the bands in better shape than back when you split. Is it just me or do you feel the same way?

I think so. I think that now everyone here is very focused on it. In the past there was always someone that wasn’t happy about it. There was always someone unhappy. And now it’s not like that. It is true that we’ve only had three concerts on this tour…so you should ask me this again in couple of months (laughs). Perhaps someone is unhappy. It could be me, I don’t know. At the moment the band is very focused as a team.

I had the opportunity to see you three times in the last tour and you communicate a lot of consistency and confidence…

Yeah, I think we’re better musicians after all these years.

Did it come in your mind to call Jim Martin for the reunion? Are you still in touch with him today?

I didn’t talk to him directly…but I think that we had to make a decision about if it was just something nostalgic or something with a future. And it’s right to say that we stopped being creative with Jim back in 1992 and 1993. We could make it since the money offers were very high but we were pretty different from the other bands that reunited to play. There was this energy and we didn’t want that. It could be reliving the past instead of the present.

You’re a very influential bassist to us. Besides your way of playing and writing, you have a unique sound which is very personal. Zon has part of the blame – could you talk about your bass gear and the new bass model?

Zons guitar is a manufacturer of bass and guitars from San Francisco, where I live, and that’s how we met and they made me a bass in 1991. They told me that they would give me an instrument that I’d like but I didn’t think the same way because I was very happy about the bass I was playing back then. When they gave me the Zon it became something very personal. It is the only bass I’ve been using since then. And this year they told me: “You know we think that we should make it to sell it so people could buy it”. And I thought it was a good idea and they’re actually making my model. I had the idea to put a pre-amp inside the bass that it’s called a parallel drive circuit. What it makes is that it gives you the option to have a little more grit, which is what I used to do with amps. So that way, it is possible to have my sound no matter which amp you use.

So you don’t have concerns about the amp. And whenever you go you always have the same sound…

Amps sound so different from each other and there were a lot of times that I’ve played with amps that didn’t make me happy…so in that way I think its good to have the sound, closest possible to the source. At least the sound that comes out of the bass is the way it should be.

I follow you on social media and you are a person who is very social and politically committed. Specifically with a lot of conflicts in Eastern Europe. I know that you love the Balkans. What is the relationship you have with those countries?

I’ve spent a lot of time there and I’ve a lot of friends there. I think that what happens there affects the rest of the world and since there’s not so much news of it in the media, when you see how people there act, that’s how you understand your own situation. America maintains a very ignorant position about the Balkans area. Despite the fact that they’re very involved in what happens there, in the USA none writes about it. And I think that it is very fundamental that people know what’s going on there and how they neglect things on purpose. What happens there is symptomatic in a way to what happens in other places. The difference is there they don’t hide what they do.

What has Bill Gould been up to all those years where FNM was done?

I was producing records all the time. I’ve a label called KoolArrow that releases international music. I’m not referring to world music, but international music because when you live in America you only get music from here or the UK. And in my opinion music from America is the worst music in the world. The music from today is awful. So I created an “oil pipe” to bring interesting things that are happening in other places in a way that Americans can see that there’s something different outside.

Yes, I know some of the KoolArrow bands…

The bands are different from each other. It’s a tiny label and it’s me trying to keep an open view on the world.

What happens in Chile with Faith No More? You are huge there.

We played in Chile a long time ago and we were one of the first rock bands to play the Festival Vina del Mar. And everyone hated us, hated us so much that most of the audience left the concert. But they rebroadcast it on television to the whole country and a lot of youngsters, who never saw anything like that, saw us. And for them it was like it opened the world. In Pinochet’s time everyone was very conservative and we’re this weird thing appearing on national television. And that’s how the connection has born. Later I lived there for a while during the King For A Day time..

The last time you played there was at Estadio Bicentenario, true?

Yea, it’s crazy, right? And I did some concerts with Talking Book. We really have a big connection with Chile.

And in America?

This time we’re going have more concerts there. There’s a lot of people we like in America. I think in the past they really didn’t get this band and I don’t blame this people. I think that the fault is with the media and the magazines here, which are very conservative. I don’t know which crap they like  or is trendy right now here but everything they said about us wasn’t correct. They didn’t understand the band. But I think that now, 18 years later, they understand us better and appreciate us more. There were hard times for us here but everything now is better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2404, 2015

Was Duff McKagan the Gimp at Faith No More’s second LA show? Now with video

April 24th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Other bands|9 Comments

Mike Patton joked that the Gimp – the leather-clad character who has been accompanying Faith No More on its live shows in 2015 – for their second Wiltern show on Wednesday night was former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan. And we’ve seen had it confirmed from a variety of sources that Duff was indeed the Gimp on this occasion.

McKagan – a great social media presence and a gifted writer in his post-GNR career – tweeted a photo of himself dressed as The Gimp:

And Faith No More also hailed the Gimp on Facebook after the show and the Gimp definitely looks like Duff

Here is video evidence 

Our man Thiago tweeted during the show

Also in attendance was New Zealand singer Kimbra (guest vocalist on that huge Gotye song from 2013)!

Patton killing at the Wiltern. YES. #faithnomore

A photo posted by Kimbra (@kimbramusic) on

2304, 2015

Pitchfork Faith No More love-in continues

April 23rd, 2015|Faith No More, Other bands|4 Comments

Pitchfork and Faith No More seem unlikely bedfellows but the hipster bible has published a second article eulogising the band in the space of a month.

The latest piece – entitled The Misunderstanding of Faith No More – is one of the finest attempts I’ve read on how the band are misrepresented and underappreciated by the mainstream music media and mainstream and indie music fans alike.

Here are some killer extracts but the piece really works as a whole essay:

Epic”, the smash single off 1989’s The Real Thing and a gift that keeps on giving when it comes to mis-representing Faith No More’s legacy. When Mike Patton replaced Chuck Mosley as FNM’s frontman in 1988, he may have just come from waging “fucked-up psychological terrorism” with Mr. Bungle, but “Epic” nevertheless made it easy to dismiss him as a second-rate Anthony Kiedis knockoff (which, apparently, he was still touchy about long after the fact)—and to view the band as unfortunate funk/rap-metal avatars destined for flash-in-the-pan status.

But the potential for creative friction is one of the things that makes the band’s story—and the question of how new album Sol Invictus will hold up as a whole—so intriguing. Patton and Gould recently sat together with Pitchfork to discuss what Patton referred to as their “elder statesmen” status.

When Sol Invictus is out next month, you can expect the usual media voices to reduce Faith No More’s legacy to thumbnail summaries that mention the ’90s zeitgeist. You don’t have to believe them.

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