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3107, 2015

CONCERT: Faith No More in Atlanta setlist, poster and video plus Roddy’s Tour Talk with Refused

July 31st, 2015|Faith No More, News|3 Comments

Faith No More resumed the third leg of their US Sol Invictus tour with a concert at The Masquerade in Atlanta. Sunny Side Up made a welcome return to the set.

First up, here is Roddy’s latest Tour Talk on Periscope – with Dennis Lyxzén from Refused


Be Aggressive
Sunny Side Up
Everything’s Ruined
Midlife Crisis
Last Cup of Sorrow
Separation Anxiety
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
King for a Day
Ashes to Ashes

This Guy’s in Love With You
Just a Man

Show was killer.

A photo posted by David Altherr (@vinylisforlovers) on



(via FNM French Community)

3007, 2015

Roddy Bottum praises fans for championing band pushing boundaries

July 30th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|1 Comment

Roddy Bottum features in a Q and A from the Washington Times and the Faith No More keyboardist and composer is as eloquent as ever.

Here are some highlights:

Q: How much of “Sol Invictus” are you playing live?

A: It kind of varies, but maybe five or six songs. I think we have a really interesting fan base. The nature of being a band with history is fans want to hear the old songs. But to our fans’ credit, I think they really come to champion us and watch us pushing boundaries.

Q: And you dated her [Courtney Love] before you came out?

A: Correct. Yeah. We just had a very intense relationship. She is still my best friend.

2907, 2015

Roddy Bottum Tour Talk episode 1: Mike Bordin’s ankle injury

July 29th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|6 Comments

Roddy Bottum – continuing his and the band’s early adoption of new media – will be hosting a talk show on live streaming app Periscope after each show on this tour and hosted his first such Tour Talk last night in Houston. His first guest was Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin – while Mike Patton also pops in.

Watch it here

With Letterman retired, maybe Roddy is set to become America’s new late night king of talk.

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2307, 2015

INTERVIEW: Faith No More career-spanning interview in The Guardian

July 23rd, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|8 Comments

Finally, the big Guardian interview I hoped for in May has come in July. 

The band reflected on their career with Dorian Lynskey in the UK-based paper.

Here are some choice cuts:

Roddy Bottum:

“I think we accomplished what we need  to accomplish. If we all died today I think we would have done a good job.”

“Doing what we’re doing now makes all of that work we did then a lot more validating,” Gould agrees. “We came back and we made it better. If that’s the only lesson we learned, that’s a good lesson.”

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.

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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.”

1906, 2015

Faith No More at the Roundhouse night 2 videos and photos

June 19th, 2015|Faith No More, News|1 Comment

Videos of last night’s show have been quick to pop on YouTube and here’s our playlist which includes Cone of Shame:



And there are some great photos again via Getty

Posing with The Gimp

1205, 2015

Mike Patton speaks about leftover songs and lyrics to Rock Hard France

May 12th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|2 Comments

Mike Patton was again in loquacious and entertaining form as he spoke to French magazine Rock Hard in a revealing interview in their May issue which is now on sale.

Buy Rock Hard here

Mike spoke about songs left over from the Sol Invictus sessions and the length of the album:

“There are a lot of leftover songs to be reused but I do not find the album short on my part. 40 minutes is great. Three of our albums are almost an hour and that was a mistake on our part as we did not want to re-edit them at the end. I love short albums. I remember being completely blown away by Reign in Blood by Slayer which I could put on the side of one C60 cassette. That was cool. I copied it onto two sides and my Walkman turned the loop: when the album finished there was barely one minute blank and then with the autoreverse function the album restarted on the other side…Going back to our album, we made sure to offer a coherent collection of songs and I don’t think that if it had been longer, it would have been better.”

And about his approach to lyrics:

Q: Despite my requests to your French press attaché I could not obtain the lyrics of the album because apparently you do not like to circulate them.
That’s exactly right. All because I don’t like talking about my lyrics because I like people to appropriate them and interpret them in their own way. It is this mystery which is amusing. A lot of groups dissect their lyrics in interviews; I find that a pity. Because if you say too much there is less thinking on the part of the listener. A record, for me, must remain an adventure. You put it in your player and you go and discover it like you walked for the first time in in a forest or visited a new adventure park. That is why am very protective of my lyrics. It is not that important that some of our fans are not Anglophones and and don’t understand anything that I sing; I prefer that they imagine them. When you buy a paintintg to put on your wall, I does not come with a note explaining what signifies this or that colour. It’s exactly the same which whatever piece of art.

Q: I was not looking to have an explanation of the lyrics: I am asking just if the lyrics are autobiographical or it they are rather considered little fictions?
The second option! I like creating fictional characters and trying to appropriate their psychology. None of the songs have a relation between them: for me a record is more a succession of scenes in which I will use this or that trick to achieve the desired outcome. They are little films. To be totally frank, I do not know exactly myself what some of my lyrics say because I try before anything else to follow the music. When I discover a new song, I imagine the sounds and the notes on top. Only then do I try to find the words which come the closest as possible to what I have heard in my head. It is almost a serial approach to writing. It’s bizarre (laughs)

There is a lot more from Mike and a great interview with Roddy as well in the six-page feature. Roddy also had this to say about extra material:

“For Sol Invictus we worked really hard; I don’t know if it was the excitement of working together again but we wrote 25 or 30 songs. We took our time. Then once this material was raked in, Mike chose which tracks he wanted to sing and thus was born the definite track-listing of the album.”

There is also a 9/10 review which we’ll add with two other French reviews later.
Both Rock Hard and New Noise also feature a full-page back-page ad for Sol Invictus.

1105, 2015

Roddy speaks to Big Takeover about reunion genesis

May 11th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|0 Comments

The Big Takeover have spoken to Roddy Bottum about the rebirth of Faith No More.

Roddy stated:

“I had recently gotten married and that really was the first time in years where we were all together again in one space. It was a little tough. Around that time we had been offered some UK festival dates and nobody said no. That’s what really helped open the door again for us to be together.”

And he also speaks several time in the interview about control. He added:

“The time off has really worked to our advantage. We pursued a lot of other projects since then and we have gained all these new perspectives. I feel we’re all much more accountable now and this record, to me, has us taking control of every aspect.”

705, 2015

Roddy speaks to Toronto Star about new album and the other songs

May 7th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|0 Comments

Roddy Bottum’s latest interview with the Toronto Star might serve as something of a dampener on exlectations of immediate post-Sol Invictus material from the Faith No More.

(via @fnm4ever)

Here’s that reply:

Q: So do you think there might be another Faith No More album or two lurking in the kitty?

Roddy: Not really. I mean, when we made this record I think there was something like 25 songs and we released 10 of them. I’d like to think if we went and made another record it would not be songs from this session. There’s a lot of material there, honestly, but I don’t really see putting it out other than in some weird, obscure form. If we make another record I would like to go back into the studio with new stuff. This, the
 Sol Invictus record we just released, is very era-specific.

And Roddy also shares some new insight on Sol Invictus (you know the new album that has not been released yet but some of us – mea culpa – are guilty of looking beyond):

Q: Was there any kind of master plan heading into the new album?

Roddy: The only design was kind of getting back to our roots and addressing what we started with. We didn’t have any motive to get on the radio or play into today’s standards or work within the spectrum of corporate-rock America. The intent was just to address who we are as people and what we’ve done in our past. It was overthought but never over-spoken. Maybe people were thinking about stuff going to sleep at night, but there was no grand design. It was nothing that we came together and talked about or anything.