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103, 2019

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

March 1st, 2019|Faith No More, News|6 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|Faith No More, News|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

1001, 2019

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

January 10th, 2019|Faith No More, News|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.

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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

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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.

Apple

Listen on Apple’s podcasts service here

Spotify

 

 

2811, 2018

Roddy sheds light on Faith No More future in new interview

November 28th, 2018|Faith No More, Interviews, News|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|Faith No More, News|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|Faith No More, News|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|Faith No More, News|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

Spotify

Apple

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911, 2018

Chuck Mosley tribute one year on from his tragic death

November 9th, 2018|Faith No More, News|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|Faith No More, News, Other bands|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:

 

 

 

2009, 2018

Latest book reviews

September 20th, 2018|Faith No More, News|3 Comments

Here’s a round-up of the latest book reviews for Small Victories

Reviews of Small Victories

Classic Rock magazine

“Harte’s eye for detail coupled with bullseye analysis and a breezy prose style illuminates the band’s dramatic and chaotic trajectory with authoritative calm…Moreish quotes and anecdotes further sugar the ride, and ultimately steer the book into the category marked “Essential”.” ClassicRock

Planet Rock magazine (UK)

“Genuinely insightful, Harte’s focus on the quintet’s punk attitude and thrillingly eclectic, forward-thinking music does a great service to both.” PlanetRock_redacted

Record Collector

“Harte’s work probes every cranny and crevice with the zeal of a hungry aye-aye looking for grubs…Small Victories delivers the goods on musical insights and in-fights.” “A fascinating insight into one of the greatest bands ever to capture – and perhaps fracture – the public imagination.” 082018_bb-aye-aye-lemur_feat

Spectrum Culture

“Harte’s prose manages to describe the music as well as the delicate and challenging writing process that brought five very different egos together to create the quintessential Faith No More sound. Despite the band’s penchant for pissing off audiences (and each other), Harte recounts just how driven the band were for success and how that drive often conflicted with their need to be artistically true to themselves. Where a band like the Replacements acted out to satisfy some deep-seated need to sabotage themselves, Harte asserts Faith No More acted out to stave off boredom.”
“Small Victories is a joy to read. Faith No More has an impossibly complex history and a habit of deliberately obfuscating the truth, and Harte has managed to streamline all of it into a cohesive and compelling narrative.”

Under the Radar

“Harte’s narrative is so engaging, one does not want the band’s tale to end. For the Faith No More enthusiast, there is much to dig into here. But perhaps more tellingly and to the book’s great credit, even the Faith No More newbie will be entranced and enrapt by the tale.”

The Wire

“Adrian Harte’s extraordinarily dense biography presents a strong case for the band’s multfacetedness…A notoriously volatile group of individuals, each member is portrayed as both flawed and virtuous; in other words, human. This tells a story their well documented public snipes at one another cannot. There’s some acute analysis from Harte regarding Mike Patton.” TheWire

The Irish Times

“Harte, who runs an entertaining and valued blog on the band, has delivered a solid, well-researched and affectionate portrait.”

Wee Review

“A meticulously researched and highly readable work…Small Victories will surely prove to be the definitive book on a band who were long overdue the biographical treatment.”

Sound Renaissance

“Harte, the curator behind Faith No More 2.0, infuses a collection of interviews with band members, managers, and key figures. These first-hand testimonies are cunningly interwoven with an empirical narrative that serves as an encyclopedia for every triumph and struggle the band has faced.”

Rock N’ Roll Fables

“Small Victories answers all of your burning questions along with insight even the most faithful FNM devotee may not know. Where did Mike Bordin get the nickname “Puffy”? How does Cliff Burton fit into all of this madness? Was Courtney Love actually a one-time FNM vocalist? Did the band really reach out to Chris Cornell when Chuck Mosley was ousted? “The most comprehensive Faith No More book you’ll ever get your hands on, hands down, and a must own for fans of the band or of the evolution of rock music.”
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