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1205, 2015

New Mike Patton interview in TheMusicComAu

May 12th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|0 Comments

Mike Patton has spoken to TheMusicComAu in the band’s 716th Sol Invictus promotional interview, in an interview which has just been published but which obviously took place when the band were in Australia earlier this year.

Mike again speaks about he became involved in working on the new music that became Sol Invictus:

“Patton’s description of the band as a mob (albeit with a mafia mastermind) is romantic but unsurprising. It must have been tempting to listen to the chorus of press, fans and the rest calling for a return all this time. “No, that had zero influence,” he says with a smile. “We didn’t really have a master plan, meaning, ‘Hey, we’ve gotta make another record and it’s gotta sound like this.’ No. Basically Bill [Gould, bass] wrote a set of music and it wasn’t like, there weren’t guns pointed at anyone’s head, I heard what he was doing and it was just kinda great, you know? Look at it as, I don’t know, a collection of music. To me, any project I do, I look at it in a vacuum and then see what does it need? What do I have in my toolbox? What can I do to add to it?” This time around Patton and the band are looking forward to being a bit more selective in their approach to making an album. “It’s experience. And you know, some would call that senility or old age, but I think it’s good. You don’t have to do everything; it’s nice to be in a position where you can say no. It is really empowering. And we just really don’t have the energy to do it anymore. And you know, I know we’ve been away for 20 years or whatever, and what makes it exciting is being able to say, ‘Hey, we’re going to do this, and then maybe not this.””

And then there is this answer as to why he prefers not interpreting the music, which is sure to arouse interest beyond just the music:

“I mean, talking is nice because it gives you perspective. But also, it’s more like we’re curious to hear [what the reaction is beyond us]. Especially with a newborn like what we have in this album, I mean, I’ve played this record for like my wife and a couple of close friends, and that’s it. People I trust have heard it, so it’s interesting to kind of hear other people’s opinion too.”

And this is a wonderful quote too:

“I don’t know, maybe some bands need that [a frontman to stand out], but I don’t feel that that’s my place, at least not in the kind of music I’ve been making. Very rarely do I need to be that guy,” he laughs. “I don’t feel I need to provide that, whatever, fill that role. With these guys, yeah, to be honest the music, I really liked it so much that I just wanted to not get in the way… It’s another instrument, it just so happens that it comes out of my mouth. It’s not more or less important than a guy hitting a piece of cow skin or a guy playing a string.”

1105, 2015

Roddy, Jon and Puff speak Patton and new music with Zoo magazine

May 11th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|3 Comments

Mike Bordin, Roddy Bottum and Jon Hudson have been interviewed in the latest issue of Australian boobs and babes magazine Zoo Weekly.

They save the best to last in the punchy Q and A.

Mike Patton is a legendary vocalist – does he still come up with lyrics or melodies that blow you away?

Puffy: Absolutely.
Roddy: Always, 100 per cent of the time.
Puffy: On Separation Anxiety, I had absolutely no idea what he was going to do. And the beginning of Cone of Shame, I had no idea. I was like “Whoa!” He blows my fucking mind!

Is there any leftover material from the Sol Invictus sessions?

Roddy. An awful lot. So much so you wouldn’t believe.
Puffy: As far as what got finished, no. The album was finished and the album to me sits really beautifully together as a group of somgs that work together, but I tracked a shitload of music, so who knows? All of it was good. All of it was really, really good…

  

And Zoo also give the album 8/10, rating it “not quite in the same league as Angel Dust or KFAD”.

  

805, 2015

Faith No More features in Rolling Stone Australia and get mixed review

May 8th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, Sol Invictus reviews|0 Comments

Faith No More are the subject of a large spread in the Australian version of Rolling Stone’s latest issue.

Mike Patton provided some good insight on the band’s perceptions:

“I don’t blame anybody but we’ve never been who we are. I’m not saying we are misunderstood, but shit, when I first joined it was like, on tour with the Chili Peppers, and that’s not really who we are. And then we had a little success and we were playing with bands like Guns N’Ross and Poison. No, that’s not really who we are. So it’s been, like, a feeling-out period of a good 30 years. Basically, we don’t really fit anywhere, but this record goes to places that we haven’t in the past and hopefully hear it in that way. But you never know. Who cares? He smiles. “Fuck ’em.”

Review

The review has a lot of good things to say but only rates the record 3.5/5. It states:

“Overall, however, this is Faith No More at their most atmospheric, malevolent and creepy (the title-track, Separation Anxiety, Motherfucker, Sunny Side Up). It’s also, it has to be said, occasionally more adequate than engaging, particularly on the acoustic-guitar driven Black Friday and closer From the Dead, songs that fail to strike as you would hope of the band’s first new material since 1997.”

“There is, however, still much to admire in Sol Invictus. Mike Patton’s vocals are as chameleonic as you’d expect – witness his unnerving turn in the addictively chugging Separation Anxiety – while Matador is gloriously epic (no pun intended), and Superhero and Rise of the Fall provide the requisite adrenaline charge, albeit in their own skewiff way. The album’s missteps aside, it is in these, and many other, moments that Sol Invictus serves as a reminder of what FNM so special in the first place.”

 

505, 2015

Alternative Press and Heavy add to Sol Invictus rave reviews

May 5th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Sol Invictus reviews|0 Comments

As well as the cover Faith No More feature, Heavy magazine also featured a wonderful review of new album Sol Invictus. And Alternative Press also gave a 4.5/5 to the “left-field metal monsters”.

Heavy magazine

“Sol Invictus is a true-to-form FNM record in every sense, and fans will embrace this album with gusto. Perhaps the best indication of the album’s strength is that there isn’t a standout killer single holding the record afloat. Cone of Shame’s probably the one track that could have that buzz after a few more listens but, honestly, every track could be a single here.”
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Alternative Press

The Alternative Press review gives that album 4 stars out of 5 and has the album referencing post-punk, Andrew Lloyd Weber and Ennio Morricone. Reviewer Aaron Burgess adds:

“The riff still reigns; singer Mike Patton is still the Sybil Dorsett of art metal and bassist/producer Billy Gould is still king of the funky pocket.”
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505, 2015

Bill Gould considered throwing Sol Invictus recordings into San Francisco Bay

May 5th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|6 Comments

Mike Patton and Bill Gould have opened up on the making of Faith No More comeback record Sol Invictus in another excellent interview in an Australian magazine. This time, the duo were interviewed by Heavy magazine – and again laid bare their perfectionism in the recording process.

The band once more appeared on the cover; Faith No More and their kittens have now been on more magazine covers in 2015 than Kim Kardashian and her puppies.

Back to Bill and the Bay. The article states:

“At some point, one has to wonder what would have happened if the band never reached that point of satisfaction? Maybe they would have scrapped Sol Invictus for good.
“I’ve thought about it; I could get the hard-drive, just go into my computer and throw it off the bridge into the bay,” Gould says with a certain boldness. “I could probably do it and be happy with that choice, actually.””

Mike also makes an interesting observation on reconnecting with the band:

“I didn’t even really think about it like that. To me, it was just a new set of music. I thought about it not as going back to my old band but as a new thing, a new project, a new adventure.”

And Bill also revealed how working on the new album started:

“It was more like “Let’s just starting f**king around and, if it’s good, maybe we’ll record it later.””

One final tit-bit from Mike P:

“I didn’t think [there would be new music] then I heard this stuff,” Patton says, adding. “I’ll be honest, man. When I heard what he had written, I thought maybe it’s not Faith No More at all. Maybe it’s something else.”

 

 

 

 

403, 2015

Faith No More Links for a day…(vol. 151): New look, NZ reviews and some videos

March 4th, 2015|Faith No More, Links for a day|6 Comments

As you can probably see, we have a new look and feel- Hope you like it. The site may be a little unstable like its editor for a while but let us know if you notice any bigger bugs. (Big thanks to Alberto for his stellar work on this. We’ll give proper thanks later).

WestFest review

News from Faith No More’s last leg of their Japan/Aus/NZ tour has been a little scarce but the New Zealand Herald now has a review of the event. They say: “Crowds built in the evening as punters finished work for a powerful set by Faith No More, who performed on a stage decorated in thousands of dollars worth of flowers. New songs, like Motherf*****, showed they haven’t passed their use-by date just yet, but it was brooding, funk-tinged classics Epic and Last Cup of Sorrow that really bought back the ’90s.”

WestFest photos

UndertheRadar have a photo gallery and a review of sorts: “Faith No More blew minds with their white-drenched and flower-laden stage, not to mention phenomenal showmanship – despite a slightly loose set.”

Faith No More FB posts

It was a bit disturbing to learn that Roddy was forced into taking down his original post showing him and Judas Priest front man Rob Halford together at WestFest. I didn’t see the abusive comments myself but I would have thought FNM fans were above such presumably homophobic abuse.

And here is Mike p and Mike B with Kim Thayil of Soundgarden

Gold vinyl Sol Invictus

Friend of the site Violet has Instagrammed a photo showing a promo for a gold vinyl edition of Sol Invictus that will be an exclusive at Australian store JB Hi-Fi.

Here’s a photo from the site:

WestFest videos

Here is Get Out from WestFest

(still no Cone of Shame video)

Patton in the crowd

Here is another angle of Mike P going into the crowd at Soundwave Brisbane:

Superhero on 89 FM – A Rádio Rock

We were all getting very excited about this exclusive last week before it was superseded by BBC and Marvel but hereo goes for posterity sake’s:

Superhero cover

Kudos to David Nisoff who has uploaded the first Superhero guitar cover to YouTube:

Final tweet

And a a final tweet from New Zealand of Ben Fulton of Red Witch Pedals with Bill Gould and Jon Hudson.

303, 2015

Three new interviews from Faith No More

March 3rd, 2015|Faith No More, News|2 Comments

Mute no more. Faith No More continue their impressive media blitz around their 2015 tour and Sol Invictus and Superhero releases with three interviews in New Zealand and Australia and this time we have video and audio.

First up is a video of the Music Feeds interview – complete with charming 12 year-old interviewer – with Roddy, Mike B and Jon.

Next up – just ahead of their Auckland show was an interview with Roddy and Bill with Hauraki TV.

And finally and audio interview where Puffy gets the chance to wax lyrical for a full 30 minutes with Auckland’s Rip it Up Radio.

103, 2015

Faith No More at Soundwave Brisbane setlist, videos, round-up

March 1st, 2015|Faith No More, News|9 Comments

Faith No More finished their Soundwave Australia jaunt with a stellar show in Brisbane – venue of Ireland’s latest World Cup win in cricket this week. Motherfucker, Superhero and Matador were on the set list as was Sprit in the encore.
Mike also went walkabout during Easy as you can see in the video below.

Videos
Easy walkabout

This Guy’s in Love…
(tilt your head)

 

Setlist

Faith No More Setlist Soundwave Brisbane 2015 2015\

 

Round-up

2802, 2015

Faith No More at Soundwave Sydney: set list, photos, videos etc

February 28th, 2015|Faith No More, News|16 Comments

Faith No More played a wonderful set Soundwave Sydney which includes two new songs and a welcome return for Zombie Eaters.

Set list

(via setlist.fm)

Motherfucker
Caffeine
Ricochet
From Out of Nowhere
Evidence
Epic
Get Out
Midlife Crisis
Zombie Eaters
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Easy (Commodores cover)
Cuckoo for Caca
KFAD
Ashes to Ashes
Superhero

Encore

Digging the Grave
I Started a Joke
We Care a Lot 

Photo

Not all Faith No More fans are superannuated old farts. Proof here that they are attracting young fans like Kristo from Sydney who stuck it out in the pit all day to get front row for FNM. Cool banner, cool kid.



Kristo



 
Videos

Caffeine

Superhero

Motherfucker

From Out of Nowhere

Evidence

Midlife Crisis

We Swear a Lot

public service announcement: mike patton is god. #faithnomore #soundwave #mikepatton

A video posted by steve d (@sdrak) on

Round-up

2502, 2015

Faith No More Links for a day…(vol. 148): Flattbush news; Pinkpop confirmed; Bill is all about that bass

February 25th, 2015|Faith No More, Links for a day, News|10 Comments

As we await Faith No More’s second weekend in Soundwave, a quick digest of some recent band news.

FLATTBUSH have announced that they will be supporting Faith No More on one of their April US tour dates. Their announcement came via No Studio in unique style:

Yes, that’s Espen J Jörgensen who collaborated with none other than Bill Gould of Faith No More on 2013’s Fugly and previously Sequential Art.
More on Fugly
M
uch more on Flattbush over at Bill’s Koolarrrow
More on Espen
And we’ll have more news on the FNM/Flattbush date in due course.

As we previously reported, Faith No More have been confirmed for the Friday night of the PINKPOP festival in the Netherlands on 12 June.


Here’s the promo video:

As we previously reported, Bill launched his signature ZON bass last week in Japan. Here’s a video from the guitar company of him speaking about it:

Some somewhat overlooked videos from TOKYO last week.
Mike turns the tables on phone filmers during Evidence:

Japanophile Jon Hudson plays a snippet of Japanese traditional tune Sakura

 

 

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