407, 2019

Ghost’s Tobias Forge praises hard-to-define Faith No More

July 4th, 2019|Tags: |2 Comments

Ghost main man Tobias Forge’s love for Faith No More is nothing new, but in his recent appearance as guest host of Australian channel Rage‘s Midnight Show (which once featured Mike Patton as guest host), he played the band’s Midlife Crisis and explained what Faith No More meant to him:

“In the 90’s there were a few bands that I liked a lot, and still like to this day, that are consecutively hard to niche. One band is Faith No More. Who knows what they play? No one knows really. It’s a synth band? No. Is it a heavy metal band? No, not really. It’s just a really, really good rock band.”

 

2006, 2019

Faith No More’s The Real Thing recalled on thirtieth anniversary

June 20th, 2019|Tags: , |11 Comments

Faith No More released The Real Thing 30 years ago today, and, in tribute, here’s a look back on the album as told by the band members in Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More.

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From Out of Nowhere

Bill Gould: “That song came from Roddy. That’s completely Roddy’s melody, so maybe it was deliberately pop. But it was originally called “The Cult Song”, because it reminded me of The Cult.”

Epic

Mike Bordin: “Quickly, Bill and I wrote the grove, the rhythm for ‘Epic’. We knew it was cool, and it was good, and it was fun, and it was natural. We’d played it and said ‘Wow, that’s just so massive’, it’s just this huge broad, wide, open powerful thing, it’s epic.”

Bill Gould: “The name has to do with how it felt to play. It was epic because of the horns. The parting of the Red Sea. That was the visual imagery.”

Bill Gould: “The video is horrible. I’m embarrassed about it. I never liked it. The ending is Las Vegas shit.”

Falling To Pieces

Roddy Bottum: “We called it “Madonna”, because it seemed to have pop potential. I always like to steer things in that direction.”

“Surprise! You’re Dead!”

Mike Bordin: “It’s important to look at “Surprise! You’re Dead!” in terms of a song that it just came after. Faith No More isn’t just about “Surprise! You’re Dead!” It’s also about “From Out Of Nowhere” and “Falling To Pieces”. The heavier stuff is getting heavier, the aggressive stuff is getting more aggressive, and the melodic stuff was getting more properly melodic. The variety was working well.”

Zombie Eaters

Mike Bordin: “It is highly, highly creative; it’s maybe that’s the first instance of Mike playing characters. A song from the point of view of an infant—Who does that?”

The Real Thing

Matt Wallace: “What Patton did lyrically was well beyond his years as a nineteen-year-old. There’s a tremendous amount of wisdom. It is visceral. Resonant.”

Underwater Love

Matt Wallace: “For me one of the biggest challenges with Patton, and probably that he had with me, is that there’s a lot of darkness in the stuff. When he brought “Underwater Love” to me, I think out of concern, I said, “Oh, you can’t have all these songs about death, and killing people.”

The Morning After

Mike Patton: “Patton said: ‘Fear is a big part of it, a real influence for me. It’s probably the most important emotion there is. Why do you walk down a certain side of the street?”

Woodpecker from Mars

Bill Gould: “It started with Roddy just playing the violin part on keyboard and me and Puffy just coming up with rhythms that went with that. I like that song, it never gets old for me. It’s a really cheesy violin sample too, but that’s all right. It works.”

War Pigs

Bill Gould: “We were waiting around for something to start, and Roddy hadn’t shown up yet, so we just started playing “War Pigs”. We played it through without having to rehearse it. We didn’t think of it as a thing, like it was going to be a hallmark of the band. It was kind of a joke.”

Edge of the World

Roddy Bottum: “There were so many different colours or characters on this record. A lounge bluesy one for this song seems crazy now but we liked the idea of focusing the piano in a spotlight. It seemed audacious.”


Read the definitive guide to the making of The Real Thing as all Faith No More’s music in Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More, out now on Jawbone Press.

Get it here:
Amazon: http://geni.us/YdG3 
Waterstones
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Fishpond
Barnes and Noble
Indiebound
Indigo
Foyles
Wordery

Faith No More Followers have marked the anniversary with a Q and A with the band and an in-depth interview, complete with new photos from the studio, with Matt Wallace.

And, of course, this post marks a return for the blog and me after a long hiatus. I’m also back on Twitter with a new handle of @AHarte6

 

 

 

103, 2019

Small Victories tour in Los Angeles and San Francisco a great success

March 1st, 2019|Tags: |8 Comments

Booksoup in Hollywood and Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco proved wonderful venues for the final two book events of the Small Victories promotion tour.

Last Tuesday’s event in LA attracted a large crowd of Faith No More diehards keen to hear from Small Victories author Adrian Harte and long-time Faith No More producer Matt Wallace. After some initial words from the guest speakers, including the author asserting that Faith No More were in many ways an anti-LA band, a lively Q and A session followed, enlivened by many personal recollections and anecdotes from Matt Wallace.

Author Adrian Harte was joined by two Faith No More members in Mike Bordin and Bill Gould for the San Francisco event and the wonderfully-located Green Apple Books on the Park.
The session was a little more informal, and after a brief author introduction and an even briefer introduction from the author of the two FNM members seated eitehr side of him, a long and wide-ranging audience Q and A session followed for over an hour.

AngelPasto is comments on the last post gave a very thorough rundown of what was discussed and here’s an updated summary of those point and more:

On Epic: they included it in most setlists because it felt right, they didn’t get bored playing it. Moved the song to earlier in the setlist to avoid the sense of people waiting for it. Both made the point that it a song they like a lot, and that they, of course, chose to select Epic as the single that ultimately provided their breakthrough.

On Angel dust: they don’t feel is necessarily their best album, just one album offering a portrait of a specific time of the band, like any of the other albums. Mike said he prefers King for a Day actually. And Bill came equipped with a large previously unopened box of Angel Dust cassettes that he distributed to the audience.

On Last Cup of Sorrow video: Bill explained that it is one of their favourite videos and gave an explanation on how the video was selected, also explained in great detail in the book.

On playing with Chuck versus with Mike Patton: music is played the same, no difference from an execution perspective

On Chile connection: Billy said many of the details in the book were new to him (e.g., the notes about Chilean author Alberto Fuguet). They also said they were in the end cool with Chileans spitting on them, Mike said he was happy to be at the back of the stage though.
Billy mentioned Chilean band Como Asesinar a Felipes as one of the good new bands. In fact, Billy had just come back from Chile, where he was mixing their latest album which includes a collaboration with Chino from Deftones.

The band also spoke in great detail of their Brazil tour experiences for Rock in Rio and the 1991 tour.

On being a San Francisco band: it’s unlikely that the band would be the same if it was based elsewhere, they both agreed. Bill also told the story of how FNM and Primus has both competed in a battle of the bands contest at The Stone but both lost to a third band, who won the prize of an Arista recording contract.

On rotation of guitar players: the core of their creative process does usually not include guitars. Guitar players at some point want to play solo parts, which they don’t seem to appreciate much…

On jamming currently: they hinted they were jamming occasionally until recently, but the site they used in Oakland was flooded about a month ago.
The rehearsal space/studio in Oakland was indeed flooded at the start of the year, and the actual room that the band was using and where Sol Invictus was recorded has been damaged beyond immediate repair. However, all instruments, equipment and great has been salvaged, and the band has now moved into another room in the same complex, previously used by the band Testament, and it is in the process of being set up now.

Thanks from me to Matt, Mike and Bill and all at Booksoup and Green Apple for making these events so unforgettable.

 

2901, 2019

Small Victories book events and signings in Los Angeles and San Francisco in February

January 29th, 2019|6 Comments

The Small Victories tour will finally reach the US this February. Adrian Harte, author of Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More, will be speaking about the book and signing copies, alongside special guests, in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Los Angeles

Tuesday 19 February | Booksoup | 7pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

I’m delighted to say I’ll be joined by Faith No More’s long-time producer Matt Wallace for a Q and A discussion with audience questions, followed by a book signing at Booksoup. Booksoup is one of the largest independent bookstores in LA, and is located on Sunset Boulevard in west Hollywood.

More details here at Booksoup

 

San Francisco

23 February | Green Apple Books on the Park | 7pm
Green Apple Books on the Park
1231 9th Ave. (@ Lincoln Way)
San Francisco, CA 94122

The home of Faith No More will play host to a unique event. Adrian Harte will discuss his new book Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More with Faith No More member Bill Gould and special guests.
The event takes place in the Bay Area’s most well-known independent bookstore, and specifically in the store’s Green Apple Books on the Park store on
9th Ave at Lincoln Way.
Wine and beer will be served and books signed.

More details here at Green Apple

Sign up for the event at Facebook

2901, 2019

Episode 3 of Podcast Croissant – the new Faith No More podcast – now live

January 29th, 2019|6 Comments

The third episode of Podcast Croissant, a podcast dedicated entirely to all things Faith No More, is now live. The new episode takes a detailed look at You Fat Bastards: Live at Brixton Academy, Faith No More’s only live album and video release. The episode also includes detailed discussion based on fan feedback, including comments from here – thanks for them guys and girls. For the next episode, it would be great to hear your opinions on Faith No More’s guitarists, and also on your favourite and FNM’s best ever concerts.
Podcast Croissant logo
The new episode, 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. 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.

Have your say

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

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.

Apple

Listen on Apple’s podcasts service here

Spotify

 
1001, 2019

Listen to episode 2 of Podcast Croissant, the Faith No More podcast

January 10th, 2019|Tags: , |6 Comments

The second episode of Podcast Croissant, a podcast dedicated entirely to all things Faith No More, is now live. The new episode digs deep into the band’s breakthrough album The Real Thing over the course of over 150 minutes.

Podcast Croissant logo

The new episode, 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.

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

Facebook

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.

Apple

Listen on Apple’s podcasts service here

Spotify

 

 

1112, 2018

Podcast Croissant, the new Faith No More podcast, launches

December 11th, 2018|Tags: , |13 Comments

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

Podcast Croissant logo

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
Facebook

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: , |3 Comments

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: |8 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.

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