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1007, 2015

INTERVIEW: Bill Gould and Mike Bordin interviews with EMP Rock Invasion

July 10th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|1 Comment

Faith No More have given another new interview with a German music channel EMP RockInvasion with Billy and Mike B fielding the questions.

207, 2015

Links for a Day 184: Great Patton interview; Maor Appelbaum interview

July 2nd, 2015|Faith No More, Links for a day, News|6 Comments

Mike Patton interview on Finnish radio

The Finns seem to specialise in coaxing great replies and interviews from Faith No More members and YLE have pulled off a great interview with Mike Patton at Provinssi 2015.

Read and – for non-Finns or Swedes – listen here.

Maor Applebaum interview

Hat tip to Faith No More Followers for that link and they have produced an excellent interview with Maor Appelbaum who mastered Sol Invictus.

He said: ” I worked on it a few days and sent Billy a set of initial masters for him to check and give me feedback.
Billy and the band had heard it and wanted me to make a few changes on a few songs, I made the changes and worked with them to make it fit exactly how they envisioned it.
In the end, the band, the label, Matt and everyone involved were all very happy with the results of the mastering and what it brought to the table.
Communications is key to get the desired results and this is a great example of that.

Faith No More to play Costa Rica

Faith No More have added another date to their South and Central American tour in September with a first ever date in Costa Rica on 15 September. According to La Nacion, the concert will take place at the Coca-Cola Amphitheater Viva Park in Alajuela. There will be a pre-sale on 8 July before tickets go on sale officially on 14 July here.

ARTE Berlin Live to air in November

We’ll have to wait until November until the Faith No More showcase concert in Berlin is aired by ARTE. Stevens Dream from the Faith No More French community contacted the broadcaster for the information – broadcast date is 14 November at 2355.

 

 

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:

Video

Photo

And there are some great photos again via Getty

Posing with The Gimp

1806, 2015

Faith No More at the Roundhouse night 1 reviews

June 18th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Sol Invictus reviews, Tour dates|0 Comments

The UK media and blogosphere have spoken – here are their verdicts on last night’s Faith No More gig at the Roundhouse in London.

The Guardian

Mike Patton remains a driven, hypercharismatic front man, ladling bile and malice over the sourly anthemic Ricochet. The Gentle Art of Making Enemies is all Black Sabbath riffs and it’s obvious why Faith No More have just played at Download, but they’re so much more than a metal band: the knowing bombast of new track Matador swells into high camp like Bowie at his most outré.

Evening Standard

Singer Mike Patton, pictured, was in combative mood, beginning every song in a crouch, legs splayed, as though ready to take a punch. Now 47, the affectionate crowd chanted “You fat bastard” at him. “That’s the London we know and love,” retorted keyboard player Roddy Bottum.

Bottum’s work was often what lifted the band above a more brutish guitar assault, especially on the sophisticated, climactic new one, Matador. They also showed a softer side by covering The Commodores’ smooth classic Easy, with no sign of iconoclasm or even a raised eyebrow.

Faith No More Followers

Here is friend of the site Jim right on point on what a great show we missed.

“Faith No More looked happy and full of purpose as they blasted through ‘Caffeine’, glided through ‘Evidence’ and powered through ‘Epic’. The crowd broke into a ‘You Fat Bastards’ chant with Roddy agreeing ‘That’s it, that’s the one we know’, before picking up his acoustic and ‘Black Friday’. ‘Ricochet’, ‘Midlife Crisis’ and ‘Gentle Art Of Making Enemies’ certainly sent the mosh pit wild, the funky interlude in ‘Midlife’ causing a few puzzled expressions. We were happy to see a few ‘guardian angels’ in the brutal whirlpool section of the crowd picking up fellow moshers and aiding the fallen, a real sense of brotherhood down there. “

Black Country Rock

The band were all in excellent form. “Evidence” was a particular example of this with the “Miss You” Stones vibe that contrasted with the rawer surrounding material. It illustrated how Mike Patton is three vocalists in one. He has his characterful baritone, his razor sharp rap style and his death metal growl. He bounced around like a prize fighter, ready to enter the fray.

The stage presentation added to the sense of drama. With everything and everyone clad in white with some rather fetching floral displays, the use of colour wash lighting simply but successfully altered the backdrop from song to song. There was also a guy in a gimp costume who did as Patton commanded for the opening song and encores. Not sure what is brought to the party or even if it was a party that I wanted to go to.

And Gigwise have a great gallery

 

1606, 2015

INTERVIEW: Chuck Mosley on new music, the Detroit show and Sol Invictus

June 16th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|9 Comments

We are absolutely delighted to be able to feature an exclusive interview with Chuck Mosley. The former Faith No More singer is releasing a new demo shortly and speaks to us about joining Faith No More on stage at their Detroit show last month and about Faith No More’s new material.

How are things going for you? You looked to be in good shape onstage in Detroit.

Chuck Mosley: Doing okay. Still fighting through the same old personal issues with money and trying to plug along. On the VUA side, still without a label or distribution or booking or merchandising, so if you’re reading this and need a band to work with, email us now: chuck@mosleyvua.com. We are demoing new songs and want to get on the road in front of crowds, so help us make money for you.

Were you surprised by the outpouring of support earlier this year, when you made your difficult plea for help?

Yeah, me and my family were overwhelmed by the support. Even people who weren’t in a position to give, donated or emailed and called just to let me know we were in their thoughts. Brian Paone, an author from Japan reached out and got me involved in a short story collection, “A Matter of Words” that’s being released later this year by ScoutMedia. Doug [Esper] and I wrote an essay about the song, “Mark Bowen” which will appear in the book. Sean Franklin, an audio engineer who works with some big name people, offered some mastering and production work on future music, Ben Brown made a huge donation and offered feedback on some of the new demos. Donn Wobser and Christopher Juhl helped me keep a positive attitude and offered support up in Detroit. Indoria, a band that I had recently recorded with, are donating 100% of all downloads of the song I sang on, “What I feel” to me and my family. It’s linked at www.chuckmosley.bandcamp.com

All that being said, it’s day to day and I hope it’s not too late. We moved into a much smaller apartment because Sophie, my youngest daughter, just graduated High school and is getting prepped for college. I’m trying to make ends meet to pay for that, so it’s sorta scary, right now. We have 2 albums available for download for donations. Any amount is a huge help. We have CDs for sale at cdbaby.

It’s been several years since the VUA disc came out and two years since you released the demo version. Do you have any plans to revisit older tunes?

The only solid thing on the docket right now is to release another demo of upcoming material. For those that don’t know, we did release another demo song a few months back titled, “Ericalution” it is a very different sound than other VUA songs and it is also available at the bandcamp site. Hope you dig it, but if you don’t, hey you’re only out a buck. Maybe 10,000 people will rush out and download our stuff, give us a chance, and everything will work out.

The other tune, which we will release this week is a lot more VUA sounding, like a hard rock tune.

[We’ve heard this and love it and hope to share it soon]

Are you working on anything outside of VUA?

I’ve been writing songs on my acoustic, but I’m not sure yet if the material is fitting VUA or maybe something totally different. I just want to follow the path of my heroes like Iggy Pop and Johnny Cash. Play music my whole life and eke out a meager living. I don’t have any grand dreams of becoming rich. I just want to play and take care of my family. I also had an idea about an old school hip-hop project…

You recently took the stage during an encore at a Faith No More concert in Detroit. How did that come about and what can you tell us about the experience?

Well, I had texted back and forth with Roddy that I wanted to come see them. Detroit was the closest show. I wanted to bring my family, but my daughter’s prom was that night, so I drove up with friends. On the way, I half-jokingly texted Roddy that I’d come up and sing an old tune. One of the ones I knew pretty well. He shot back and said how about ‘Mark Bowen’. After I got through the “what was I thinking?” nerves, I just remembered how fun it was to perform with them. This is the second time I’ve done it since they reformed. I’ve had a recurring nightmare, ever since they fired me, that they would invite me back to perform and I would hide in the shadows, cower under the speakers, and just do really bad. I’ve woken up from that dream countless times over the last 20 years, but I think it worked out well. I mean, yeah I fucked up a couple of lines, but I got good feedback from the people that were there in the crowd and in the moment that said it was a thrill for them.

We didn’t do a sound-check or practice at all and people enjoyed it, but due to the joys of YouTube and Yahoo [the show was broadcast live on Yahoo] you can go watch it over and over and analyze every second of it.

Bottom line it was a lot of fun. Roddy and me were talking and he mentioned that it’s always emotional when we get onstage again together. We had our rough patch after the break up, you know, after our divorce. Especially with me and Billy and Mike Bordin, but since then VUA has played shows with Billy’s band The Talking Book and he got onstage with us. It’s really good to just hang with him and Mike. It really warms the cockles of my heart to get along with them. Billy and I go way back to our first band The Animated and even before that just going to shows.

Before you took the stage, Mike Patton gave you a really nice and respectful introduction. How did it make you feel to hear that?

To be honest, I didn’t hear it. I was backstage all freaked out and nervous. I couldn’t even get dressed into the white outfit properly. Michele noticed I had my pants on backwards just a few seconds before I was supposed to go up there. Mike has always given me props and had words of encouragement every time I see him. He’s always been really nice. It seems sincere and cool and I have nothing but props for him. One thing I always admit is he has a great voice and is a strong singer. He is a better singer than me. I tell him that but he is always humble about it. When I started as a singer, I took pride in my originality and have developed to the point that I have a good tone.

Did you bring your own white outfit to match the band?

No, and when I was going to leave, I had it stuffed in my bag. Tim’s [Moss] assistant asked me “Did you put your outfit back?” and I tried to tell her I did as she is eyeballing the sleeves hanging out of my bag. I would’ve loved to have those to use as my new pajamas. It’s a cool look. The whole stage set up was a real neat look.

It seemed like you had a great reaction from the fans before, during, and after the show, where you surprised by the reaction?

It certainly isn’t something that happens to me every day on the street, but if you get a concentrated group of Faith No More fans together, there’s a good chance at least half of them are bound to know who I am. It’s an ego boost for sure. It’s a really nice feeling.

Have you had a chance to hear the new Faith No More album yet?

Only the two singles and what they played live that night, though again, I was deep in my own head trying to remember lyrics. I’m a vinyl guy and it was delayed in the States. I don’t do the whole iTunes thing or collect music that way. I’ll give it a listen soon. I want to hear the full album in order.

What did you think of Roddy’s verses on the lead single, Motherfucker?

I’m a big fan of Imperial Teen so I’m used to him singing. I thought it was cool. He’s been singing since I’ve been in bands. I think it’s always better to have more than one person in a band that can sing because it adds more dimensions to the band. They should do more of it.

Do you have any messages to the fans overseas in Europe, South America, Asia, Australia etc. that haven’t seen you live on their soil in over two decades that Faith No More2.0 can send out for you?

If there are any fans of mine out there in 2.0-land I want to say thank you for any support you’ve thrown my way. I hope you enjoy the new single coming out. We are calling it, “Hard drivin’ rock tune, the untimely death of a loved one.” Reach out to me and VUA on Facebook and say hi. We are trying, trying, trying to make it to your neck of the woods. We want to play everywhere and we are looking for support to help make it happen. I totally appreciate all of your appreciation and I love you all.

Thanks to Douglas Esper – and of course to Chuck.

1606, 2015

Faith No More record BBC Radio 1 Rock Show

June 16th, 2015|Faith No More, News|1 Comment

Faith No More are making the most of their two-day break in the UK between Glasgow and London shows. Fresh from picking up the Best Album accolade at Monday night’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards, the band recorded a session for the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show at the iconic Maida Vale studios today.

The Radio 1 Rock Show have just clarified that the session will air next month:

The band Facebooked some shots from the session:

And the BBC Radio 1 Rock show tweeted

And they reveasled that the session is also being filmed for the BBC iPlayer

And here’s show host Daniel P Carter

We can expect it to be broadcast in the next few weeks

1506, 2015

Sol Invictus wins Best Album at Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards – VIDEO

June 15th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Sol Invictus reviews|6 Comments

Faith No More have picked up the Best Album award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards at Indigo2 at The O2 Arena in London on Monday night.

Are they the first non-metal band to win a Metal Hammer award?

And here’s some video of the moment from Metal Hammer – from 11:34. It’s pretty cool seeing Duff McKagan and Scott Ian joining in on the Faith No More chants.

 

The award was presented by Duff McKagan of Guns N’Roses who tweeted:

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

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1506, 2015

FOUR new Faith No More interviews

June 15th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News, Tour dates|2 Comments

Faith No More were busy boys at Download last weekend. As well as acquainting the audience with the finer points of 1970s soul and coming to the aid of stricken festivalgoers, the band were interviewed by Metal Hammer, Planet Rock and the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show.

Metal Hammer

Roddy Bottum spoke to Metal Hammer:

Planet Rock

Mike Bordin spoke to Planet Rock

BBC Radio 1 Rock Show

Billy Gould and Mike Patton spoke to BBC Radio 1 Rock Show. Listen here from 2:00 onwards

3 News New Zealand

And here is one unrelated from New Zealand

806, 2015

Links for a Day…(vol. 179): Berlin videos, Berlin reviews, Slipknot, Angel Dust at 23 and much more

June 8th, 2015|Faith No More, Links for a day, Sol Invictus reviews|3 Comments

Separation Anxiety in Berlin

Some great videos from Berlin now surfacing online. This might be the best video of SA I’ve seen yet. It also sounds a lot better than it did when I heard it live in Milan one week ago.

And here’s Midlife from the same source – Kabinett Obscura on YouTube

And finally – for anyone wondering how the Patton voice is sounding on this leg of the tour – a snippet from This Guy’s in Love with You

Ace Race for Space cover of Stripsearch

Faith No More may be masters of covering other artists’ songs but the favour is rarely returned. But here is an ace find from the Mouth of the Ocean forum – Russia electronica outfit Race for Space absolutely nail Stripsearch in this atmospheric cover.

Berlin reviews

Despite the fact that the most-watched annual sporting event was taking place in their city at the same time, Berlin’s media still found time and space to properly review Faith No More’s performance on Saturday night. And the reviews are universally positive.
Berliner Morgenpost:

“Patton easily entertains in the middle, Billy Gould hammers out his brutal metallic bass on the strings, guitarist Jon Hudson plays razor-sharp sharp-edged guitar riffs every now and then in the mathematically devised arrangements and Roddy Bottum provides the ambitious keyboard and piano sounds. But there is above all drummer Mike Bordin, now with grey long dreadlocks, who propels and holds together this driving rock machine together in a miraculous manner.”

Berliner Zeitung

It was a multiple risky appointment that Faith No More had chosen for their Berlin concert. Not only did the masters of crossover metal on Saturday compete with the undoubtedly attractive for its target audience of the UEFA Champions League final; the open-air event in the Spandau Zitadelle was also threatened by storms. Against this background, the title of their latest album turned out to be almost prophetic: “Sol Invictus” it says, according to the Roman festival of the winter solstice – today one knows the date as Christmas – was celebrated with, among others, the assertiveness of the sun god against the bleak winter.”

Der Tagesspiegel

Faith No More are rightly proud of ten new pieces. Self-confidently they even open their appearance also “Sol Invictus” track “Motherfucker” and play during the following 90 minutes another six songs of the record. Most are well received by the over-40 audience friendly. So also “Sunny Side Up” which creates a welcome relaxation moment with its acoustic and tambourine accompaniment. Apart from burrowing bass it slightly reminiscent of the Violent Femmes.

 

Angel Dust at 23

Our friends at Faith No More Followers have gone a major Angel Dust kick to celebrate the album’s 23rd anniversary.
All the reviews, interviews and articles any researcher might ever need on the subject in a brilliant treasure trove here.
And Jim – owner of roughly 112 versions of the album and singles – gives his personal take on his AD disorder here.

Metal Hammer’s A-Z of Faith No More

There is probably nothing new in here for you diehards but a great list nonetheless and we even get a small mention – Metal Hammer’s A-Z of Faith No More.

V is for Virus
In 2011 a Faith No More fan site posted a snippet of a previously unreleased song from the Angel Dust sessions on YouTube. Known, variously, as The Seagull Song andShuffle, the song had the final working title of Virus, and remains the most sought after FNM curio for hardcore fans.

The Holy Filament resurrected this by the way so here is said viral song which will not be appearing on any re-issues soon.

Here is the interview where Seagull made an appearance.

In a similar vein. here is a somewhat scatological Exclaim article on Five Noteworthy Facts You May Not Know About Faith No More – you do though. This is the article that sparked all those ancient apocryphal Axl anecdote headlines you’ve been seeing.

Slipknot and Faith No More

Corey Taylor has again been speaking about how Faith No More changed his life for Beacon Audio. (via Loudwire)

Taylor’s life-changing experience came when he was 19. He had gone through a bad breakup with a girl and taken a bottle of pills at his grandmother’s house. Luckily his ex-girlfriend’s mother showed up, found him, and called an ambulance to rush him to the hospital where his stomach was pumped. When his grandmother brought him home, he crashed on the couch and turned on the TV, which was tuned to the MTV Video Music Awards.
“Faith No More was playing ‘Epic,’ and I had never seen them live before,” Taylor recalls. “It was so awesome and so fun, and they just didn’t give a s–t about anything. I was mesmerized by that.”

Noisey Mexico cartoon

Noisey Mexico who had the most memorable Sol Invictus promo interview with Roddy have produced a cartoon review of the album and here it is:

New merch on sale

The international Faith No More store has new t-shirts on sale. The sunburst ones are new to me and I didn’t spot these at the Milan merch stand.

 

 

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