Monthly Archives: May 2015

2805, 2015

TOUR DATE: Faith No More confirm Riot Fest date in Chicago

May 28th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Tour dates|0 Comments

Faith No More have confirmed that they will play Riot Fest in Chicago on 11-13 September.

No Doubt, Modest Mouse and old touring partner Billy Idol are also on the bill.

Tickets on sale now here


2705, 2015

Sunny Side Up confirmed as third single from Faith No More’s Sol Invictus

May 27th, 2015|Faith No More, News|3 Comments

The media release to mark Faith No More’s Sol Invictus chart position also included the pearl that Sunny Side Up will be the third single from the now chart-topping album.


We have no details on release date or on a video but we’ll let you know when we do.
Andy from Caca Volante had earlier tweeted that this may be more of a radio release (though single is explicitly mentioned above)

(hat tip Jim from Faith No More Followers)




2705, 2015

CHART UPDATE : Faith No More to take number 15 spot in Billboard 200 chart, number 6 on album sales chart

May 27th, 2015|Faith No More, News|0 Comments

UPDATE: Billboard 200 actually shows Sol invictus at number 15. Blaming streaming and Maroon 5’s death by music for it dropping a spot.

Faith No More’s Sol Invictus just missed out on the top 10 in the US Billboard 200 chart. It will enter the chart at number 14 after selling 31,000 copies but it is number 6 on the Billboard top albums chart.

The higher than predicted sales figures were still not enough for a top 10 spot as streaming is now included in the chart and, without a big-streaming single, Faith No More suffered against more mainstream pop acts. In fact, the album is number 6 on sales alone.

In the United States, the album also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Hard Music and Independent Album charts as well as #2 on both the Rock and Alternative Album charts.


The band welcomed the chart position in a media release.

Album producer Bill Gould  said:

“What this tells me is that there is a need out there; people want to hear things that exist outside the mold. It makes me feel grateful and it gives me hope.”

Added Greg Werckman, co-owner of Ipecac Recordings:

“We are honored to be a part of the Faith No More team and very proud of the success of ‘Sol Invictus’. Of course, none of this would have happened without the band delivering such a fantastic record and them having faith in us to handle it properly.”

Billy added:

“What I can say is that I think through our experience as musicians over the years, I think what we’re doing reflects where we’ve gone since we made our last record as FAITH NO MORE. I think this kicks things up a notch. And I think there’s parts that are very powerful and there’s parts that have a lot of ‘space.’ Everything we do, with our chemistry, the way we play; it’s always going to sound like us. It’s just what we do, that makes us feel good.”


“When we split up, we explored what we could do on our own. During that time, we each developed what was a natural part of ourselves. Now, coming back, we have a wider perspective so we can do things we didn’t even think of back in the day. If we were to decide to do country-western music, it would still sound like a FAITH NO MORE album. Together we have a strong collective identity, and when we work together it makes its own animal.”

Added drummer Mike Bordin:

“There was no intention of doing an album when we started the [reunion] shows. As Roddy said, we just tried to get together and play and, honestly, see how it felt — see how it felt to be ourselves.”

Continued Roddy:

“Yeah, there was a conscientious decision at one point, I remember, amongst us, backstage, kind of deciding that we really didn’t wanna do any more shows just playing the old material. So we felt like the place to go was… I mean, to make ourselves feel good, we needed to make a record and make some new songs, and that’s what we did. And it wasn’t material that we had sitting around from before. It was all stuff that was inspired by the moment.”




2705, 2015

CHARTS: Faith No More Sol Invictus debuts at #7 in Austrian album charts

May 27th, 2015|Faith No More, News|0 Comments

The top 10 debuts for Faith No More’s Sol Invictus keep on coming.

The “comeback” album has gone straight in at number 7 in the official Austrian album charts. The 2014 Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst goes in at number 1 in her home country. It is Faith No More’s third best chart placing in Austria with Angel Dust and Album of the Year peaking at 4 and 5 respectively.

Ö3 Austria Top40 Longplay-Charts

1 1 Conchita Wurst, Conchita
2 1 Mountain Man Gabalier, Andreas
3 2 2 Federn Von Goisern, Hubert
4 4 24 Rock Or Bust Ac/Dc
5 1 Perfetto Ramazzotti, Eros
6 1 Gestern.Heute-Best Of Stuermer, Christina
7   1 Sol Invictus Faith No More
8 8 2 Chant For Peace Cistercian Monks Heiligenkreuz
9 3 8 Das Letzte Konzert-Zuerich2014 Juergens, Udo
10 5 2 Foahr’n Ma Ueber’n See Edlseer, Die


Sol Invictus in charts worldwide

#1 in Finland
#2 in Australia
#3 in Switzerland
#4 in Germany
#5 in Scotland
#6 in UK and New Zealand
#7 in Netherlands and Austria
#10 in Belgium (Flemish) and Ireland
#15 in Belgium (French)
#27 in Sweden

2705, 2015

CHARTS: Faith No More Sol Invictus straight in at number 3 in Swiss album charts

May 27th, 2015|Faith No More, News|0 Comments

Faith No More’s Sol Invictus has gone straight into number 3 in the Swiss album charts.

The album is number 3 behind Andreas Gabalier and Eros Ramazzotti in the charts announced this morning. It is Faith No More’s highest ever chart placing in Switzerland. King for a Day…peaked at number 7 and Angel Dust at 9 while Album of the Year charted at 16.

The high placing is testament to some excellent PR work in the country via PIAS – with features and exclusives on public radio and significant newspaper coverage. It is also probably no coincidence that your admin is based in Switzerland and bought enough versions of the record himself for a top 10 placing.

Schweizer Hitparade

1. (-) Andreas Gabalier – Mountain Man (1. Week) (UNI/UNI)
2. (2) Eros Ramazzotti – Perfetto (2. Week) (UNI/UNI)
3. (-) Faith No More – Sol Invictus (1. Week) (MV/PIA)
4. (3) Francis Cabrel – In extremis (4. Week) (SME/SME)
5. (-) ICF Worship – Pouring Love (1. Week) (SMG/ZEB)
6. (-) Conchita Wurst – Conchita (1. Week) (SME/SME)
7. (5) Sophie Hunger – Supermoon (4. Week) (UNI/UNI)
8. (-) Michael Patrick Kelly – Human (1. Week) (SME/SME)
9. (11) Louane – Chambre 12 (12. Week) (UNI/UNI)
10. (4) Mumford & Sons – Wilder Mind (3. Week) (UNI/UNI)

Sol Invictus in charts worldwide

#1 in Finland
#2 in Australia
#3 in Switzerland
#4 in Germany
#5 in Scotland
#6 in UK and New Zealand
#7 in Netherlands
#10 in Belgium (Flemish) and Ireland
#15 in Belgium (French)
#27 in Sweden

2605, 2015

TOUR DATE: Faith No More to play Aftershock Festival in Sacramento

May 26th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Tour dates|1 Comment

Faith No More have been confirmed for the Aftershock Festival in October in Sacramento.

Faith No More play Sunday 25 October with The Deftones. The full line-up is:
Faith No More
Jane’s Addiction
Stone Temple Pilots
Coheed And Cambria
All Time Low
Death From Above 1979
Sleeping With Sirens
Eagles Of Death Metal
Suicidal Tendencies
The Sword
Highly Suspect
Red Fang
One Ok Rock
Neck Deep
Pink Slips


A special “pre-shock” discounted Weekend Ticket pre-sale for Monster Energy Aftershock will begin on Wednesday, May 27 at 10:00 a.m. PT and run through Sunday, May 31 at 11:59 p.m. PT (or when pre-sale tickets sell out) at, with regularly priced tickets going on sale Monday, June 1. 

2605, 2015

CHARTS: Faith No More #10 on likely US album sales chart

May 26th, 2015|Faith No More, News|2 Comments

UPDATE: Faith No More look like missing out the top 10 in the US album charts.

The Hits Daily Double site reports that Sol Invictus is now 10th on album sales. But the record drops to 18th when streaming data is added.

 The Billboard charts are published on Thursday.

Angel Dust peaked at 10, The Real Thing at 11, King for a Day… 31 and Album of the Year at number 41.

2605, 2015

INTERVIEW: Faith No More get their Mojo on in wide-ranging interview

May 26th, 2015|Faith No More|0 Comments

The second of two major interviews with UK rock magazines today finds Faith No More speaking to Mojo magazine.

Like the Metal Hammer article, this one also delves deeply into the band’s background and features input from Mikes Patton and Bordin and Bill Gould and Roddy Bottum.
The article by Stevie Chick features an in-depth history with fresh quotes and a 1984 show review.


Here are some of the best quotes that Jim has not already posted on Faith No More Followers:

Bill: “The Real Thing found an audience with the metal kids, which was great. But we were being perceived as something we weren’t. And when it came time for the follow-up, people were baying for The Real Thing Part II and we didn’t want to make it.

Bill on Jim Martin: “It’s like a high school break-up. There’s a lot of pride involved. He maintains he quit the band.”

And Bill again: “I always thought we had more music in us, even when we split up. I was hoping there would be a creative part to the reunion. Still, there was hesitation within the band to do anything to cash in on the reunion; we were just reconnecting as people, to bring cynicism into it…No”

Last word to Mike Bordin on life after Sol Invictus: “I hate to talk about that shit, I don’t want to jinx it. But it’s like Sinatra said “the second time round, love is lovelier, and its all so much better, and that’s cool.”





2605, 2015

Expert interview #5: Ben Hopkins (Clash magazine)

May 26th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News, Sol Invictus reviews|0 Comments

Ben Hopkins is a freelancer writer, primarily of music biogs for Warner Music but also of film and music articles for a variety of publications primarily Clash, where is he also film editor. He wrote the Complete Guide to Faith No More for Clash and has also written for Monocle and Record Collector among others. Ben is the latest Faith No More expert to kindly answer some questions from us on the band’s new album Sol Invictus.

1/ You have written the complete guide to FNM. How does the new album stack up?

Before hearing it, my main thought was simply: please don’t suck. It’s a slow burner – there isn’t anything as immediate as From Out of Nowhere or Ashes To Ashes. At the same time, there aren’t many extreme stylistic transitions from song-to-song like with Digging The Grave and Take This Bottle or She Loves Me Not and Got That Feeling. Yet many of the songs – Sunny Side Up, Rise of the Fall and Black Friday – have a little of both of those extremes within them.

Atmospherically, it strikes me as being closest to Introduce Yourself. It’s hard to pinpoint why – partially because Sol Invictus has plenty of almost repetitious rhythmic grooves like that album did, but also because the lyrics to several songs on both albums read like transcripts to a series of particularly unpleasant psychiatric examinations. For all their obvious differences, Mike Patton and Chuck Mosley share a fondness for a darkly enigmatic turn of phrase.

FNM always seem to evolve from album and to album, and that’s again true here. It’ll take more time to judge, but I’d currently rate Sol Invictus as the band’s second most consistent album after Angel Dust.

2/ Do you think Faith No More have proved that they remain relevant in 2015?

I think the concept of relevance in music is a misnomer: an undefinable excuse to discredit something on an ad hoc basis for no substantial reason. If we’re talking about relevance to a younger audience, then they have to a degree – in the UK at least, the festivals they’ve played since the 2009 comeback and some of the media that has supported them should help to create a healthy following amongst people just getting into music.

That said, people that have been into the band since way back and are strolling ominously towards their own midlife crises – or at least, those who discovered them just as they were imploding last time around – will surely remain the dominant demographic of their fanbase.

3/ What is your favourite song on the album and why?

Initially it was Separation Anxiety, which would be obvious given that stylistically it isn’t too far from Caffeine, The World is Yours or the heavier mid-paced tracks on King For A Day. Then it was Cone of Shame for the full Patton vocal spectrum from menacing whispers to random yelping. Now it’s Matador, which manages to cram most of the band’s best attributes into one song.


4/ Faith No More have gotten a bit of a bad rap for spawning the worst excesses of nu-metal. What is your take on that?

I’d be surprised if any band really considered in advance what influence they’d have over those that followed them. Similarly, those nu-metal bands would just as likely be influenced by FNM’s contemporaries who were also doing something inventive from a base of aggressive guitar music – throughout that period you had Nine Inch Nails, Primus, Tool, Rage Against The Machine, Helmet, Jane’s Addiction, Ministry and doubtless many others that I’ve forgotten about.

That said nu-metal isn’t automatically a bad thing, but the majority of genre would inevitably take influences from the aforementioned bands and either streamline them for a sound with more commercial crossover potential, or dumb it down to the lowest common denominator. Neither of those approaches are necessarily appealing if you’re used to Angel Dust or King For A Day, but each to their own.

Simply aping FNM would be tricky for most bands given the band’s apparent collective love of doing the contradictory (and what other bands would rotate their guitarists like Spinal Tap did with their drummers?), as well as most vocalists’ inability to match Patton’s versatility.

5/ What are the more positive influences that Faith No More’s music continues to have?

For bands, they set an example that you can maintain your own path and still have a certain amount of success. For fans, their eclecticism offered a gateway into a wider variety of music.
And I managed to write all of that without a single reference to Mr. Bungle.


2605, 2015

INTERVIEW: Faith No More debate new music in wonderful Metal Hammer feature

May 26th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|1 Comment

The article matches the cover. The Faith No More interview in the July issue of Metal Hammer effectively serves as a guide to the band past, present and future.

Writer Dave Everley makes the claim that FNM are “the most influential band of the past 25 years (give or take Nirvana)” and asks the $64,000 question regarding new music at the end of the wonderful piece.

Mike Patton replies: “Look, what drives this whole goddam thing is the music. If there’s more music, which there is, if it comes together in the right way, at the right time, and we all feel good about it then fine.”

Bill Gould answers: “There’s some great ideas that we have that could be really cool to flesh out. I think that everybody is into it, so it’d be a great thing.”

Mike Bordin: “Does Faith No More have a life after this album?. How the fuck do I know.”

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