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1507, 2016

INTERVIEW: Mike Patton with Jehnny Beth on Beats 1

July 15th, 2016|Faith No More, Interviews, News, Other bands|2 Comments

Mike Patton spoke to the another captivating singer in Jehnny Beth from the wonderful Savages on her Start Making Sense Apple Beats 1 show.

Here are some extracts though you have to head over to and presumably sign up for Apple Music to hear the full thing.

This Tumblr site has listed all the music played on the show

Oh and the effortlessly cool, charismatic and beguiling Jehnny might even be basing her most recent look on Mike:

YouknowhatImean??? #mikepatton #menrolemodels

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3006, 2016

Bill Gould interview round-up

June 30th, 2016|Faith No More, Interviews, News|4 Comments

We admit we’re late on all this. I’ve been working at EURO 2016 flat out for the past month but have just made my Frexit and here’s a brief round-up of Bill’s other interviews at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards.

Great interview and great pic with a Guinness over on Eonline

Interview highlights:

You’re on down time now. Is that a prolonged bout?
I couldn’t tell you, because if I told you then the band members would be mad at me for telling you without telling you properly.

2015’s ‘Sol Invictus’ was a fantastic comeback for the band.
Well, we were happy when we released it, so everything that came after that we’re kind of grateful for. We’re just happy that we got it together to make some music.

So you’ve been involved completely in the production of the reissue?
Absolutely. The one that was out, it was digitised from the vinyl back in the nineties or eighties, and we actually went into the studio in Berkeley and re-baked the tapes and re-digitised the masters and remastered them, so they sound more like they should sound.

and…

Finally, FNM are on a break right now, but it’s not over, is it?
Not that I know. Nobody told me! I didn’t get the memo! *laughing*.

Bill also spoke to Red Carpet News TV

2612, 2015

Corey Taylor declares Faith No More Sol Invictus as album of the year

December 26th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News, Other bands|5 Comments

As part of a wide-ranging interview with Rolling Stone, Corey Taylor from Slipknot and Stone Sour again re-iterated his Faith No More love.

He said: 

[Let’s begin on a positive note. What was your favorite album this year?]

“Faith No More’s Sol Invictus, just because I never thought it was going to happen. Then, all of a sudden, we get “Motherfucker” and “Superhero,” and I was like, “Holy shit! What the fuck is this?” Then you get the whole album, and it’s such a great, dark, moving album. It was what I wanted it to be. For them to come back with that much attitude and do it their way and not give a shit what anybody thought, it was beautiful.”

2112, 2015

INTERVIEW: Roddy Bottum looks back on 2015 with The Skinny

December 21st, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|0 Comments

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Scotland’s leading music website The Skinny have always given Faith No More the coverage they deserve and this year was no exception. Fittingly then, they have just published an extensive interview with Roddy Bottum in celebration of Sol Invictus being number 11 in their albums of the year list  – and looking back on the year of the album’s release.

First of all, Roddy spoke at length publicly for the first time about his recent appearance on stage with Dinosaur Jr:

“Could you imagine?” He gasps like a man who just struck one off the bucket list. “The show was on J’s birthday – the last night of their six night residency at Bowery Ballroom. I played guitar on Start Choppin’ – pretty fun! There were a lot of guests that night – Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo played, Evan Dando came out onstage and sang, Kurt Vile, the dude from Negative Approach – a lot! It’s rare when a horrible guitar player like me can get onstage with J Mascis and play.”

He again recounted the album’s genesis and agreed that Bill Gould was the driving force:

“Billy wears those pants for sure. That’s the sort of person he is; he drives things forward in our band and kinda always has. When we started doing stuff again we were in different cities – I was in Los Angeles at the time, and just the prospect seemed a little crazy. It’s not that I didn’t believe in it, but I wasn’t paying a lot of attention to it. I was working on some projects, as was Mike Patton, but Billy and Mike [Bordin] really started to get into the rhythm and groove of it. Billy eventually presented it all to us and it took a while for us all to get involved, but these things happen for a reason. Honestly, that’s the way it happened back in the day. Billy was always the champion, nudging us onwards; he’s just a very motivated guy. Sol Invictus followed the course that the records of our past followed. In that way it was fitting too.”

And Roddy makes a fresh point about Mike Patton’s lyrics on this record:

“With Mike in his lyrics, and I think this is also true of the band musically… things start to evolve into a personal statement by the end of the day. I think Mike, particularly on our earlier records, would revert to taking on roles of other people and characters and not really speaking in his voice. Which is effective; that’s one process. But this record in particular took on some personal themes – that’s what’s going on, it’s about ownership, coming into our own and a resolution where we’re taking back what’s ours. It sounds selfish when I say it out loud but it’s taking artistic ownership too.”

But he makes no promises about the band’s next steps:

 

1311, 2015

LINKS FOR A DAY 193: Faith No More interviews, video review and more

November 13th, 2015|Interviews, Links for a day, News|0 Comments

A long overdue catch-up – blame global sports politics!

Billy Gould interview

Billy Gould interview with Revolver at Aftershock has been published.

Mike B interview

Late with this one but a Mike Bordin spoke to Brazil’s Mix TV

Matt Wallace interview

Long-time FNM producer Matt Wallace interviewed on Pensado’s Place

Video review

Sunny Side Up video review here from Lemonade magazine

Nevermen limited edition vinyl

This is pretty sweet. Limited edition lilac coloured Nevermen vinyl is now available.

BUY HERE

Faith No More top Loudwire video poll

Faith No More are the Loudwire Battle Royale champions again.
Loudwire say:

“There’s nothing like old people that rock! All you have to do is check out the current Battle Royale Video Countdown where Faith No More are ruling the roost with their “Sunny Side Up” video, featuring some rather energetic senior citizens. The clip cruised to a second straight week at No. 1, followed by Stitched Up Heart’s “Finally Free” and First Decree‘s “Stop.”

Keep them at number one next week by voting here.

Mike Patton, Tool and Melvins on a log flume

Adam Jones from Tool posted this throwback pic on Instagram this week. Look at Mike Patton’s face?

~ Going thru old pix*… KingBuzz Jones & Patton #Logride #gameface

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511, 2015

Bill Gould reveals We Care A Lot 30th anniversary release details

November 5th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|11 Comments

Faith No More bassist and more Bill Gould has exclusively revealed to Faith No More Followers that the band will release a special 30th anniversary edition of We Care A Lot through his Koolarrow label in 2016. The release will feature bonus extra tracks and unseen photography.

Here are some other snippets from Bill’s interview:

There are a lot of similarities between WCAL and Sol Invictus, did you actually use the 1985 album as reference? Did you think ‘this time lets go back to our roots’ or did just turn our that way?

I think it just turned out that way. It’s something that felt right…it felt familiar, but not self-consciously.

I believe yourself and Mike Patton have used the great metaphor that listening to your own albums is like looking back on baby photos. How does WCAL sound to you 30 years on?

Like the 80’s 🙂 Seriously, just recently I found some old tapes in my attic and had them transferred, some of them were masters from this recording session. I have to say, they sounded really good! It surprised me, and made me look at these 20 year old idiots with a bit more respect, ha ha!!

 

411, 2015

INTERVIEW: Joe Lynch reveals the story behind his Faith No More Sunny Side Up video

November 4th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|1 Comment

Joe Lynch has just directed arguably the finest Faith No More music video for Sunny Side Up, and the Everly and Knights of Badassdom director and “self-professed dork and all around lover of cinema”took time out to speak to Faith No More 2.0 about the video and the process involved.

How does a young horror fan from Long Island end up directing a Faith No More music video?

Never giving up on dreams, that’s the simple answer. That band got me through some hard times over the years, and after never giving up on the idea to make a video for FNM. Personally, I think my sheer force of will is what magically got the band back together, make such an amazing album with SOL INVICTUS and going on an epic tour, so…your welcome!

Are you a fan of the band?

They’re my favorite band of all time so I think the answer there is an obvious “Fuck yes!”

As far as I can tell, this only your second music video – is this something you want to do more of it or is it a one-off for Faith No More?

Actually I’ve done about 25! I’ve done music videos since around 99, my first being a live video for Trey and Matt from SOUTH PARK where I shot their Sundance show when they played as DVDA, my “What Would Brian Boitano Do?” video was my first taste of a “pro” video of sorts but of course it wasn’t anything special. My second video was for the goth metal band gODHEAD which was fun but both of those were super low-budget affairs. Then I created the Heavy Metal show URANIUM at Fuse and became friendly with a lot of bands, so when I moved out to Los Angeles in 2002, I began to do a bunch of clips for bands like 311, Sugarcult, Kataklysm, DevilDriver, Pete Yorn, Vext, Strapping Young Lad…it was a great time even if the budgets were shrinking, which forced me to be even more creative to use what we had, which was usually 59 cents and a roll of duct tape.

Is music video a dying art?

Yes and no. Gone are the days of Million Dollar videos since that kind of exposure on MTV is saved for reality shows. But now YouTube and online outlets are dying for content so music videos are flourishing online. I mean, look at Faith No More’s last few videos in the late 90’s. I didn’t see most of them because they were out at a time when the market was flooded and there wasn’t a Headbangers Ball or even a 120 Minutes, specialty shows that played their clips in the past, so I was able to finally see them on YouTube. So for a while people said videos were dead because they had no outlet to be seen, but now YouTube and great looking video encoding has given us a new venue. Once someone figures out how to make more money off of that route, I think budgets will go up again.

Did you come up with the concept and approach the band or how did the initial process work?

The band had the initial seed of the idea and some bullet points as to what they wanted to see and I ran with it. I knew this was an old chestnut of an idea but I just wanted to focus on what I wanted to see and how we wanted to Celebrate Life on the eve of these old folks’ twilight years. Hey old people can party too! That was the main theme.

Was having the band played as an older band in a retirement home a tongue-in-cheek reference to their comeback and their own advancing years?

I think its what you want to bring to the table with it. Personally, I think it was just another element of the band’s unique sense of humor, that they don’t take themselves seriously (in terms of being images in the public eye) whereas their music craft is taken very seriously when they make it. But the lyrics are sometimes hilarious, juxtaposed with harder chords or arrangements, so I knew we had to have fun with it. And yeah, here’s a band we have all known for decades almost, if we don’t comment a little on their “Golden Age” we’d be missing out. So it was a combination of ideas but I’d rather let the audience take away what they want from it.

The band do not appear in the video (unless I have missed some cameos) – were they involved in the conception or did you have a free hand?

Again it was their initial basic idea and they also said “We can’t be in the video, we’re on tour.” So I then set out to cast people who didn’t necessarily look like the band (which in and of itself could be a comment on aging in the public eye), I just wanted actors who could play (or fake it good). When I sent the guys their “older selves” even thinking they won’t like it because these guys don’t look necessarily like the band, they just went “PERFECT! The less like us the better!” which is when i thought I needed slight iconography, like Mike’s bullhorn or Bordin’s gloves, to have a slight connection to the band.

The casting is inspired. Richard Johnson as Mike Patton has his moves and mannerisms down pat? Tell us more about the casting and the method approach of the actors. (Where the band involved in this?)

My producer Sarah (who is also the nurse in the film, that multitasker!) was in charge of getting the guys and sent me a short list of actors who could play or could sing. Richard came in and immediately I knew he had that Patton charisma. When we cast him he had already watched a ton of videos with Mike in it so when we rehearsed I was thinking “This guy is PERFECT.” And he was!

Were the band pleased with the final result?

There is no greater feeling in the world when your favorite band in the world sends you an email saying “Thank you. This is awesome.” We has a few TINY notes but having done a bunch of videos in the past Im used to a long notes process. There was one round of notes and that was it. Super rare and Im so glad the band loved it!

Where and when was the video filmed?

A few weeks ago in Santa Clarita. We didn’t have a lot of time and money so it was getting help from friends and while finding a place on the cheap wasn’t easy, it ended up being perfect for our needs.

Are any similarities with the band’s last music video – I Started a Joke which also features someone else on stage ventriloquizing their song – a deliberate homage?

Nope. Honestly, like I mention before, I never saw that video! Shocking I know since they’re my favorite band but it just never occurred to me that they even made one for that single, I just knew the song. When I saw it after I finished post there was a moment of “Dammit” but then I also was confident in our own little beast. Besides this is what the band wanted so they likely knew they were treading down somewhat familiar territory but honestly I think this video hammers the idea of not using the band here even better than the “Joke” video, which I did enjoy.

Where can we get some of that medication?

Hire that nurse! Do you have a thick envelope of money? Im sure I can hook you up! 🙂

What is next for you? Have you new projects in the pipeline?

Nothing I can say right now, damn those NDA’s. But its working with something else I absolutely loved when I was a kid so cross your fingers I get to make another dream come true!

 

2509, 2015

TV INTERVIEW: Faith No More on The Noite on Brazilian TV

September 25th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|3 Comments

Faith No More were speaking and not just musical guests on leading Brazilian chat show The Noite com Danilo Gentili on Wednesday.

Watch the full interview here:

A short text summary here from UOL

2109, 2015

INTERVIEWS: Faith No More South American interviews

September 21st, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|9 Comments

Clarin

2015-09-21 15_02_13-Faith No More_ _Somos una banda pasional y honesta_
Friend of the site Adrian Mazzeo spoke to Mike Bordin for Clarin ahead of the band’s Luna Park gig.

Here are the highlights from the insightful interview:

The greater individuality you put into something, the more difficult it is to become massive. Here the popularity of McDonald’s often discussed and it is popular because it does not offend anyone. It is always the same flat, bland and generic thing. The more you put into something, the more risk you have of someone saying “oh, this is not for me” . You’re right, but I also believe that in our varied music there is something for everyone in this band and they will only need to find it.

I think we’re like a family. We went through many good and bad times, we possibly spent more time together than with other people. FNM is a passionate and honest band. We put everything we have into it and there is a very special code that we do not share with anyone else. We are playing in different places and when we return home we realize this. Definitely first I say that we are a family.

El Espectador

And Bill Gould spoke to Colombian paper El Espectador:

I am excited with the idea of ​​visiting Colombia, no kidding. The truth is I’ve never been there, or on vacation, the only one who has visited the country’s Mike Patton, so I hope to stay a few days to see everything you can about the country.

Do you still believe that rock is dead?

No, but I think it can become very boring. In general I do not like much, but I think in every genre there is a 2% artists doing great things and 98% doing regular things.

Finally, what is the best of touring at age 52?

I’m actually very surprised that what we are doing and doing so well. 20 years ago I would not have imagined that we did at this age, but if it’s working and we’re having fun, it’s great and we must take advantage.

Rolling Stone Argentina

And Bill also spoke to Rolling Stone Argentina – and here are some excerpts:

The new album includes moments folk, surf, and many other crossovers to which we are not accustomed. Is there a style that you have tried to adapt to the band and it has not worked?
Many, but you’ll never hear! We will never publish. Often we do experiments but fail miserably every time we remove everything that happens instantaneously. Personally I do not believe in styles, it is music, it is like cooking a soup: it has rich taste or it does not.

The last time you were in Buenos Aires you presented new material, what can we expect of you in this show?
We are turning to new music, I’m extremely happy with how the fans are getting the new songs  – which we did not expect. The shows are going very well so we guess it will be a concert like other concerts of Faith No More, we are a bit older but we play like always or perhaps better. Same old shit, but better … Ha!

La Viola /TR.ar

And Mike B also spoke to TR.ar:

The five members, we are really different people then, so you have to be really aware that the rest of the band will not always think like you. Now, more than ever, we know this and so we become the place to be ourselves. I think that’s why the album came out so well, because it represents each of us . Each has its place and its shine on this album, I think is very important.”

 

 

 

1409, 2015

LINKS FOR A DAY 191: Insightful Wallace interview; Mike B Brazil interview; Tour Talk

September 14th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, Links for a day, News|0 Comments

Matt Wallace Diffuser interview

Matt Wallace has again spoken about Sol Invictus and his earlier work with Faith No More. His latest interview – with Diffuser – is probably his best and sheds new light on part recordings:

He reveals that John Hiatt (or his son at least) was a Faith No More fan:

Apparently, he would drive his son to school, and his son’s the one who played him the Faith No More stuff and said, “You should make a record with this guy.” So that’s how I got the gig. [Laughs.] I think John at the time was kind of going through a musical midlife crisis, where he wanted to try some new ideas.

Matt also clarifies Jim Martin’s participation on Angel Dust:

So he definitely did play, I’d say, 95% of the guitars. And it was really my fault that there was any question about that in the past.

Mike Bordin Globo interview

Mike Bordin has given another interesting interview ahead of the band’s South American tour – this time to Brazil’s Globo.

He said: “What matters is that we always give everything we have on stage. We touch not only with our hands and feet, but with our hearts. Look at our singer. He’s a maniac, a madman. And the more you give it, the more it gives back.”

Faith No More in Costa Rica

Meanwhile, the band are currently in Costa Rica where they will play for the first time tomorrow night, 15 September.

Mas de Paso in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.

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Tour Talk with Tim Moss

Check out the latest edition of Roddy’s Tour Talk with the band’s tour manager, Tim Moss.

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