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705, 2015

Links for a day…(vol. 171): Oakland interview, Penthouse view and more

May 7th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, Links for a day, News, Sol Invictus reviews|0 Comments

Metacritic high score

The reviews have been rolling inf or Sol Invictus and we’ve captured the vast majority of them. leading cultural review aggregator Metacritic has now added Faith No More’s latest to their site and , based on the initial reviews they have compiled, it is sitting pretty with a score of 92.

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Similar site Album of the Year has also listed Sol Invictus and has it scoring high on user reviews and one critic review.

Bill speaks to Oakland Press

Bill Gould took time to speak to local paper Oakland Press about Sol Invictus. And here is some of what he said:

“To be blunt, we are playing great shows and, in our opinion, writing some cool music. But at our age we realize that there will come a point when we will physically become incapable of doing this. In the long term, that is the future. In the short term, we are doing our best to make the most out of the present.”

Penthouse view

So, er, we were perusing penthouse for the articles when we, er, came across this brief article on Faith No More.The Full Frontal section has this to say:
“Back in 2009, Faith No More reunited after a decade-long hiatus to play a few European festivals—which ultimately stretched into a four-year reunion tour. Now the band is back in full force, with a North American tour kicking off this month and a new album, Sol Invictus, right behind it. They dropped the pissed-off single “Motherfucker” late last year, and we’re expecting the rest of the album to be even more epic (sorry, but we just couldn’t resist).”
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Another great French review

French site SWQW has given Sol Invictus the latest rave review from the francophone world. Here are the choice cuts:

“Separation Anxiety is the best example of the astonishing success of the group in making the link between 1995 and 2015. The arrival of the guitar on the pre-chorus gives the impression that Patton is going exclaim, “It’s your last cup of sorrow “, while the low swinging couplets and hysterical vocals make us think of the best of Tomahawk. The group has not lost its fantasy (the melodica of Rise of the Fall, the kitsch From The Dead or the epic Matador), and it without doubt for that reason that it has not crashed. Some incredibly good songs even float and in those moments, ecstasy awaits us: Cone Of Shame, Rise Of The Fall, Separation Anxiety, Superhero … How amazing! Even Billy Gould has  rediscovered that his mammoth bass sound, obese and slamming, and, at a time when absolutely no one is considering for a second to do that. But he jogs Billy, he slaps.

In fact, the reception of this disc may be distorted on one side by jaded preconceptions, which after one and half listens,  say that this album is not as good as its predecessors and this was foreseeable, and on the other, kids who read Inrocks [a French cultural magazine] who speak politely about “incendiary hard rock” in just 140 characters. But you, you, you will listen to this record as it deserves, it being understood that it will not get into your heart at the same level in a week that King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime did in 20 years. But little by little, you will tap your foot, you will meditate on Patton choruses (“Sunny Side Up / Such a lovely way to start the day / Sunny Side up / Not the only way to fry an egg”) and you’ll think twice before griping about reformations.

Sol Invictus is neither embarrassing nor shy, it sounds like Faith No More being Faith No More in 2015 – period. With class, not without violence, in white pants, the hair (gray) slicked back. Different but the same. And Faith No More has released a fantastic album, no need look any further.”

Metal Wania review

Latest review comes from Metal Wania who give 9/10 and state: ” Faith No More should be proud of what they have delivered. It’s weird, flamboyant, creepy, and even motivating.”

2610, 2011

Faith No More sustainability message for SWU Festival

October 26th, 2011|Uncategorized|27 Comments

Faith No More have recorded a sustainability video message ahead of their appearance at the SWU Festival in Brazil.

Here’s more info on SWU and sustainability.

2510, 2009

Puffy interview in Peru press

October 25th, 2009|Faith No More|0 Comments

Mike Bordin (c) guitarcenter.com

Mike Bordin (c) guitarcenter.com

They’re all at it now. El Comercio in Peru today features an interview with Faith No More drummer Mike “Puffy” Bordin. Puffy speaks about Jerry Cantrell from Alice in Chains, his drumming influences and his admiration for Mike Patton – “his voice is a gift from God”. However, perhaps the most interesting snippet is the final question of the interview:
“Finally, what are Faith No More’s personal plans?:
[Puffy Bordin] Faith No More has tried to be very honest about this: we are not doing many shows. The people in Lima have the opportunity to see Faith No More before people in New York or Los Angeles. And we’re doing it because we want to. We have no big plans, we are just doing shows and playing to see how we feel. If something happens later, it will be because our schedules match and because we all want to. There are no plans to make an album, we are just going to do some shows. For now the doors are closed but not secure. My more immediate plan is to return to play with Ozzy, we have work next year, to finish the new album.”
If anyone can make a more exact translation than my Google and other software effort, please let me know.

UPDATE: Santiago’s very own Parxi has translated most of the article here. Thanks.

2210, 2009

Links for a day…(vol. 39)

October 22nd, 2009|Links for a day|0 Comments

  • Faith No More feature on the cover of Chilean rock magazine Rockaxis this month. Read the feature in the e-magazine here. (link now working)
  • They also have two short documentaries on the band on thir TV programme, which have also migrated to YouTube.

  • FNM will unleash some fresh tunes on their forthcoming tour dates but check out their average set list so far from the now indispensable setlist.fm.
  • Interview with the 27 October Peru concert organiser Alberto Menacho in Terra here.
  • Terra also have a competition to win tickets for the show.
2110, 2009

Extensive Mike Patton interview

October 21st, 2009|Faith No More|33 Comments

Mike Patton speaks about the reunion, the possibility of new material, side projects, the tour so far and playing in Brazil in a wide-ranging interview with leading Brazilian newspaper O Globo on 13 October.  I came across this interview belatedly at the mikepatton.cl website. Mercifully, Buga_Lady at the mouthoftheocean forum has provided an English translation here.

Sample quotes:
On saying no to a reunion
“I was certain that would never happen. I don’t know how many times, through the years, I said I would never be part of something like that, that it would be a step back. I always liked to give and end to things for good, in my personal life and professional, and go ahead. The idea of paying homage to our own music sounded selfish and horrible. Many times my manager came talking about an offer, and I wouldn’t let him finish the sentence.”

On finally saying yes:
“There was an offer for some shows in Europe. I thought it was a good moment and ended up agreeing. In the first rehearsal, I was late and I didn’t manage to enter the studio. I sat outside on the floor and listened to the band playing. The sound was very good, I felt I would be comfortable singing those songs again. And now we are here. We already played about 40 shows, and we are all happy.”

On a new record:
“We haven’t discarded that completely, but we are not thinking about composing. We don’t want to be like those bands that stay years apart, then return and release a horrible record.”

On FNM future:
We are not Starbuck’s, that are in every corner. If you want to see us, it is better go this time, because we don’t know if there will be another one, certainly not in another 10 years. So far we have shows booked until February, and maybe that will be it. The curious fact is that we didn’t have many offers to play in the USA.

2010, 2009

Faith No More confirm that they will tour US

October 20th, 2009|Faith No More|0 Comments

Bill Gould – and subequently Roddy Bottum – has confirmed on Twitter that the band will tour the US though no further details are currently available. Bill’s Tweet: “Tweet THIS: In response to all of our concerned US brethren…YES…we yare now actively planning US dates.” Roddy followed: “reiterating comrade @MRGOULD claim… USA dates will happen. seriously, you thought they might not? cmon…”

1610, 2009

Links for a day…(vol. 37)

October 16th, 2009|Faith No More, Links for a day|0 Comments

  • Roddy tweets details of the Aussie sidewave ticket sales: “Australeea! 2 new shows onsale 10-29 9am… 2-22 Hordern Pavillion/Sydney & 2-25 Festival Hall/Melbourne… Can’t wait to come back…”
  • “A big piece of wood that makes farting noises”. Mike P checks out the Intonarumori.
2809, 2009

Faith No More confirm Aussie side shows and New Zealand dates

September 28th, 2009|Faith No More|0 Comments

From Bill’s Twitter:
EWS FLASH:TWO solo shows in Australia outside of Soundwave: SYDNEY Feb22, Hordern Pavilion…MELBOURNE Feb 25 – Festival Hall.

And here comes New Zealand: WELLINGTON, Feb 16, TSB Bank Arena…and AUCKLAND, Feb 18, Vector Arena.

2709, 2009

Links for a day…(vol. 34)

September 27th, 2009|Faith No More, Links for a day|0 Comments

  • Sorry for the lack of updates lately but a) it has been quite and b) I’ve been very busy. The site will get a new lick of paint and update over the next month or so when I find time.
  • Some pro-shot footage of FNM at Area 4 on WDR TV now up on YouTube.
  • More here and here and here.
  • Stubbadub has the latest on a delayed release date for Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane project. On Patton’s seemingly genuine Facebook page, he reported last week that he was holed up in the studio working on it.
  • From Danny de Vito’s Twitter (via marcus in Comments), a pic of Mike and some of the cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
  • Latest Chuck Mosley review from Blogcritics.
  • Louisville band Lords have a Surprise You’re Dead cover on MySpace.
1609, 2009

US tour update and more

September 16th, 2009|Faith No More|Comments Off on US tour update and more

UPDATE:
This post has got a lot of attention in recent days and some of the reaction has been OTT. My take on it – without speaking to anyone – is that FNM are more likely than not to play US dates. Gezarie’s initial comment was only her reading of the tour at the current moment – i.e. that no dates have been planned or scheduled. In hindsight, I perhaps should not have published it as a guest post (and apologies Gezarie if I hung you out to dry) but this is a blog and not a site dealing in official band news so we can trade in speculation and that is all this was. Otherwise, cheers for all the comments and lets hope the US tour does come off.

Gezarie’s clarification

NEVER said this categorically wont happen! I feel like this might be a bit of an overreaction. NAN is correct in saying that this was only what I was told AT THIS POINT IN TIME but you all should realise that nothing is set in stone with this tour. I have no possible way of knowing what will happen for the rest of the tour, any more than any of you. I think that it should be made very clear that all news must come directly from the BAND, and from the band only. My word isnt gospel!

I was merely suggesting that if it were possible for some fans to head to mexico and they can and are dedicated enough than they should.

I sincerely apologise to have cause such a ruckus.

Also I should add that I spoke up without having all the facts. Bill told me personally that they ARE working on US dates but it is tricky and not just from a money perspective.

So cheer up US!
But while you’re passionate and worked up, contact promoters! Use the link that Michael Bolgor posted. Write emails. Make it happen.

Original post

Some comments are worth posts in their own rights and our friend Gezarie’s almost always are so here goes:

Australia is confirmed with tickets on sale for Soundwave Festival across the country from this Friday. It is a one day festival held in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide throughout Feb and beginning of March.

To U.S and Canadian fans, I spoke with the band, with their road manager and have been in touch with Greg from Ipecac. They are not planning any US dates. This is not due to a disdain for America at all though! Simply the US offers are not there. Or not at this stage anyway.

If any of you can make it to the Australian or South American shows I would recommend it. There will be non festival shows held in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

I hope to see some of you lovely people there!

Oh and Bobby B, tickets for some of the other SA dates like for Rio have already been on sale. Really feel for you US fans, I hope that in the end you guys get some shows late in the game