1112, 2018

Podcast Croissant, the new Faith No More podcast, launches

December 11th, 2018|Tags: , |2 Comments

Podcast Croissant, a podcast dedicated entirely to all things Faith No More, has launched today.

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The podcast, hosted by Mike Hayes and Adrian Harte (author of the Faith No More biography, Small Victories, and this website), is available below and on most podcast platforms.

The first episode serves as an introduction to the pod. Each subsequent episode will focus on a different Faith No More subject (album, song, live show, band member etc), while also featuring latest band and band member updates, interviews, plus discussion of general new music.

A big part of every show will be questions and queries from listeners, so please let us know what you would like to hear discussed in later episodes.
If you have any general comments, please feel free to comment below.

We would also like to hear any specific insights or queries you might have on Faith No More’s one and only live DVD/video, You Fat Bastards, the subject of an imminent episode.

Have your say 

You can also find us and speak to us on social media:
@podcroissant
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How to listen:

You don’t need anything special to listen to Podcast Croissant or any podcast.

On PC/laptop
Simply listen at the Podcast Croissant site here or listen to the embedded player above.

Phone
Podcast Croissant will soon by on the Podcasts iPhone app, so you will be able to listen there.
Podcast Croissant is also available here on Spotify

Listen on Apple’s Podcasts app here 

1012, 2018

Faith No More book Small Victories features in end-of-year book lists

December 10th, 2018|Tags: , |1 Comment

Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More has featured in a number of early best-of lists for 2018.

The Herald – the longest running national newspaper in the world and the most-read national newspaper in Scotland – included Small Victories in its list of the best music books of 2018.

Teddy Jamieson wrote:

Adrian Harte’s account of the alt-rock stroke rap band Faith No More, Small Victories, is clearly a labour of love. His account of the band’s story is exhaustive, informed and studded with first-person testimonies.

The Herald

Music blog Midlife Mixtape also include Small Victories in their best music books round-up, saying:

This definitive bio by Adrian Harte fills in all the gaps about this post punk rock band that is the only musical search result when you search the term “midlife crisis.” My favorite is the blurb on the back from band member Bill Gould: “It provided me with more than a few revelations…and I’m in the band.”

Midlife Mixtape

France’s leading rock and metal magazine Rock Hard ranked Small Victories as one of its top 10 gifts for metal fans. They said:

It avoids a major stumbling block by not deifying a group whose human relationships were as complex as its music. His gaze is that of a rational fan and it will not fail to seduce fans of the San Francisco combo.

Rock Hard France
2811, 2018

Roddy sheds light on Faith No More future in new interview

November 28th, 2018|Tags: |5 Comments

The Ring, the Cage, and the Stages Chandler Sorrells interviewed Roddy Bottum this week, and asked him about the sessions that Roddy, Mike Bordin and Bill Gould had worked together on in San Francisco in late 2017, as reported in Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More.

Roddy said: “The last record was a real struggle to make,  it felt really good and it was a really great exercise, taking us, in our inner family sort of like creative process to the next level. It was a place that we kind of needed to go to make Sol Invictus. We spent a lot of time sort of coming back together and getting to know each other again and making music again and playing old songs, and then it kind of reached a point where it felt kind of dirty to just do what we were doing, just these shows of old song. So we took it to the next level and that felt really good I think we all walked away from that – even though it was like a really hard process to get
through that record – I think we walked away from it with really positive and optimistic sort of perspectives.
“I will periodically go to San Francisco and make music with those guys and do what we do. It’s a really special unique thing that we kind of share especially like me and Mike Bordin and Billy… We were super young we were like you know 18 or 19 years old when we started making music, so we kind of get in the room and we have a language that speaks really loud and really clear at least as the three of us. I mean where it goes is questionable but we have sort of a
language that’s kind of undeniable a really sort of family sense.
“I think we all acknowledge that it’s not something that any of us want to turn our backs on, and it’s kind of fun to do. So in the hopes of pushing things forward and making new music, we continue to do that, to get together and make new sounds and just have a dialogue about prospects and songs and where we go in the future.”

Asked “So what you’re saying is since the last tour ended you have pretty much been jamming and toying around with stuff that y’all don’t know for sure yet what might come from it, am I correct?”, Roddy replied:
“Yeah, that’s fair to say, yeah absolutely.”

Listen to the full interview:

In other news, Roddy’s major film acting debut Tyrel is released in the US on Monday.

 

1911, 2018

Swiss station Couleur3 broadcasts Faith No More special

November 19th, 2018|Tags: , |2 Comments

Leading Swiss-French public radio station Couleur3‘s flagship heavy metal show Rhinoféroce dedicated a whole episode this week to Faith No More and Small Victories.

I was interviewed at length about the band and the book, and a dozen FNM and FNM-related tracks were played in the hour-long programme.
You can listen here below:

Or on podcast here.

1611, 2018

London fans enjoy Small Victories night

November 16th, 2018|Tags: , |3 Comments

On Wednesday night, the Rock N Roll Book Club hosted a Small Victories and Faith No More night at the cosy and charming and historic Dublin Castle venue in Camden, London.

Around 50 Faith No More fans turned up for an evening of music and books. First up, Rock N Roll Book Club’s Julie Hamill interviewed Adrian Harte, author of Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More about the book and the band. Julie, herself an esteemed author and an experienced host and presenter, expertly orchestrated the deep dive into the book. The interview was a mixture of short readings, probing questions and humorous insights, culminating in a series of questions from the audience.

Small Victories and Faith No More Q and A with the Rock N’Roll Book Club

The Rock N’ Roll Book Club’s Julie Hamill interviews Adrian Harte, author of Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More live at the Dublin Castle.

Posted by Faith No More 2.0 on Wednesday, 14 November 2018

The discussion and subsequent book signing by the author was followed by what can only be described as a rip-roaring set by the ultimate Faith No More tribute act, Faith No Man. Opening their set with a Faith No More-ified version of “Paperback Writer”, the band got the crowd onto their feet and rocking with a hits-laden set that was eerily reminiscent of Faith No More themselves. Indeed, if you closed your eyes, one could almost imagine that they were The Real Thing.

Faith No Man at Small Victories book event

The brilliant Faith No Man play the Dublin Castle in Camden as part of the Rock N Roll Book Club’s Small Victories book signing event.

Posted by Faith No More 2.0 on Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Thanks to a wonderful concept, the best possible venue, an enthusiastic audience, a brilliant band, an accomplished host, tuned-in staff, and a grateful author, the night was a huge success.

I would like to thank to Julie (and Tony) from the Rock N Roll Book Club, Bugbear, Dublin Castle, Troy, the two Matts, Steve and all of Faith No Man (go see this band!), Tom from Jawbone Press, Darrell, Nessie, Allen, Matt, Jimmy and everyone who attended.

911, 2018

Small Victories and Faith No More interview with Rock N’ Roll Archaeology podcast

November 9th, 2018|Tags: , |1 Comment

I had the great pleasure to speak at length with Christian Swain for his Rock N’ Roll Archaeology Deeper Digs in Rock series, which is now available for listening on your preferred podcast platform.

Or listen below

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911, 2018

Chuck Mosley tribute one year on from his tragic death

November 9th, 2018|Tags: |1 Comment

Chuck Mosley passed away on 9 November 2017 at the age of just 57.
Chuck was the voice of Faith No More for most of the 1980s, and on their first two albums, and in many ways the personification of the the raw, untamed and brash band spirit of that era.
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The band summed up their loss and his contribution with a poignant tribute last year:

It’s with a heavy, heavy heart we acknowledge the passing of our friend and bandmate, Chuck Mosley. He was a reckless and caterwauling force of energy who delivered with conviction and helped set us on a track of uniqueness and originality that would not have developed the way it had had he not been a part. How fortunate we are to have been able to perform with him last year in a reunion style when we re-released our very first record. His enthusiasm, his sense of humor, his style and his bravado will be missed by so many. We were a family, an odd and dysfunctional family, and we’ll be forever grateful for the time we shared with Chuck.

In writing the Faith No More biography, Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More, I was keen to make sure Chuck’s contribution was placed in its correct context.
Here are some extra quotes not used in the final version of the book that further help in this regard.

Paul Wims [who played with Chuck and Bill Gould in The Animated]:
“Chuck Mosely was classically trained. He was an excellent keyboard and piano player. Chuck composed classical pieces when he as around ten years old. Chuck was also a very good song writer and wrote songs with intricate chord changes.”

Matt Wallace:
“I believe he was really, really talented. I think without Chuck, we wouldn’t have had a Faith No More. I think he established the essential boiler plate. Chuck had a genuine attitude. He had the attitude coming from a place of a feeling of lacking: like he couldn’t really step up to the plate. He was really propelled by this sense of “I’m not good enough to do this.””

Roddy Bottum:
“He was really close to me on tour, we had a sense of humour together. We found the same things funny. That’s a hard thing to lose. Laughing through it was always helpful.”

Bill Gould:
“There’s an authenticity about Chuck. He wasn’t faking his dysfunction. He had this kind of cigarette grit to him that you can’t fake. And when he was on, he was on … I mean, we did a lot of shows with him, and half the shows we did, especially in places that didn’t matter, he was a great front person.”

Rock in peace. Rest in power.

(This perfect tribute video was put together by Jim and Faith No More Followers last year)

1810, 2018

Ghost show off their Faith No More love

October 18th, 2018|Tags: , |0 Comments

The lead singer and main man of Ghost, Tobias Forge aka Cardinal Copia aka Papa Emeritus has been spotted wearing a Faith No More logo t-shirt.

The shot appeared on Instagram and Twitter yesterday just as Forge won a Swedish court case brought by former band members, and seems to have been taken during the shoot for the Danse Macabre video which was also released this week.

Tobias/Cardinal/Papa has previously kept his Faith No More admiration close to his chest. However, in an interview with The Quietus in 2013 in which he gave a track-by-track commentary on the band’s covers EP If You Have Ghost, recorded and produced by Dave Grohl, he said of opening track, Abba cover ‘I’m A Marionette’:

“Let’s face it, ABBA are an important part of pop culture everywhere, and in Sweden they completely overshadow everyone else. I grew up liking them for sure, but we didn’t choose to cover this song because it was written and recorded by Abba, we just wanted to do this particular track – it works well with the concept of Ghost.

“Plus, we felt we could rebuild it in a more percussive way – you could say we put a Faith No More angle on the track, and because of this approach, it made sense for Dave to lay down the drums. Obviously, we wanted him to be able to shine – it made more sense for him to play on a track like this than, say, an AC/DC song with a much straighter rhythm.”

Here’s that track:

 

 

 

1110, 2018

Faith No More book signing in London on 14 November

October 11th, 2018|Tags: , , |0 Comments

In association with the brilliant Rock N’ Roll Book Club, I’ll be holding an official UK launch and signing for Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More on Wednesday, 14 November in the iconic Dublin Castle venue in Camden, London.

Buy tickets here

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The evening will include an hour of on-stage chat with me and Rock N’ Roll Book Club host (and writer in her own right) Julie Hamill on the book and all things Faith No More.

Doors open at 715pm, and then Dublin Castle DJ and programmer Tony Gleed will kick off the proceedings with a DJ set from around 8pm.

The on-stage interview will take place from around 830pm, and the night will finish with a blistering set of Faith No More covers from the ultimate FNM tribute act, Faith No Man until around 11pm.

Copies of the book will be on sale on the night, and I’ll be signing copies until ink or drink runs out.

There is a cover charge – this is to cover the costs of the venue and promoters.

Get your tickets here.

 

1010, 2018

Links for a day 207: Not canon, Introduce Yourself, Patton latest and more

October 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Hall of Shame

Despite now being eligible for the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame since 2010, Faith No More were once again overlooked when the 2018 nominees were announced earlier this week.

In 2017, Mike Patton responded to a query about the Hall of Fame from Full Metal Jackie (via Loudwire): “I have no clue. I don’t know. If that happens, wonderful, if not, fine. It never crossed my mind until you just said it. I mean, we’re old enough I guess, right?”

A website dedicated to tracking Hall of Fame eligibility previously predicted that FNM would be inducted in 2018.

Mike Patton to play David Lynch festival this weekend

Mike Patton will perform with Q-Bert at David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption this Saturday and Sunday in Los Angeles. Last month, Patton told Rolling Stone that their performance for Disruption will be a “Lynch-heavy” set, including re-imaginations of some of the director’s iconic, melancholy themes.
“When we played together, before, basically, it’s just been mostly improvised sort of stuff. So, I let him do his thing, I do my thing and then somehow we meet in the middle. For this one, might be a little different just ’cause I think it’s … scripted.”

Roddy Bottum film trailer

You can now watch Roddy in the trailer for his film-acting debut, Tyrel (via FNM Followers). The film is released in the US on 5 December.

Roddy previously told us: “I just finished two weeks shooting a film called Tyrel by director Sebastian Silva. He’s a good friend of mine and asked me to be in his new movie. It is sort of an ensemble piece about a group of guys that go on a birthday weekend trip up to the Catskills in a cabin. Michael Cera, Caleb Landry Jones [Get Out], Jason Mitchell [Straight Outta Compton] and Chris Abbott also star.”

Introduce Yourself in Albums of the 1987 list

Good to see the often overlooked and criminally under-rated Introduce Yourself included in Loud Than Sound/Metal Hammer’s albums of 1987 feature. They say: “Making their major-label debut, Faith No More stamped their brand of funk rock firmly on an unsuspecting audience. Although it’s the last record to feature the vocal talents of Chuck Mosley’s vocals, you can hear where the FNM sound is heading with Big Jim Martin’s guitar pushed firmly to the fore.

Re-upped FNM bootlegs on YouTube

The Mike Patton Bootlegs YouTube account has been posting some excellent 1989 and 1990 audio offerings over the past month or so. I know someone you would have loved to have had this at his disposal this time last year when he was researching a book…

Bill Gould and MC50

Bill Gould is enjoying a very short break at the minute before the MC50 tour resumes. The shows have been earning rave reviews and have attracted some great guest performers.
Here’s Bill, Wayne Kramer and co with Duff McKagan in Los Angeles.

 

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