2502, 2015

Faith No More: Sol Invictus songs live in 2015

February 25th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Video vault|2 Comments

Faith No More have now unleashed four of their 10-track Sol Invictus live – and playd all four in the past week in Japan and Australia.
Here they are:

Cone of Shame
The band have only played this new one once so far – on the second night in Tokyo.
The original YouTube video has already racked up over 100,000 views

Here are some other views

The band have now played forthcoming single Superhero – released on vinyl 10 March and digitally 17 March – seven times (more than Malpractice, World is Yours and Paths of Glory if you believe and since its live debut in Hyde Park last summer.
Here is video from friend of the site Shaun Noonan from Soundwave Melbourne!

And one from friend of the site and long-time Faith No More gig database guru anuassiemusicfan

And Adelaide

And Tokyo

Faith No More’s comeback single has now had six plays since it was first played in London last year.
Hwere is is from Adelaide

The first new song that the band played on the reunion tour back in Buenos Aires in November 2011, track 9 on the album has now been played nine times live. However, it has got only one outing so far in 2015 – at the Melbourne Soundwave.
Here is it as the first song of the encore:







2302, 2015

Faith No More at Soundwave first weekend reviews

February 23rd, 2015|Faith No More, News|3 Comments

The Australian media were universally positive about Faith No More’s headlining slots at the Adelaide and Melbourne Soundwave efstival shows last weekend.

Adelaide Now /Advertiser hit an understandably  elegiac tone as it reported on the final Adelaide Soundwave but that not prevent it from praising Faith No More: “Patton was as frantic as we’ve seen him with his spine tingling screams probably giving North Adelaide residents nightmares for the coming week. But there was one band who was genuinely scary on day one — a band whose guttural screams and powerful live show were matched by an equally menacing crowd.”

And The Music also had some high praise: “Patton, of course, was in full voice, as the band greeted its fans with Motherfucker. Hits like Evidence and the still-fittingly titled Epic came surprisingly early, but then, Faith No More have got more great songs than you might have remembered. From the thrash of Ashes To Ashes to their iconic cover of The Commodore’s Easy (still a staple on easy-listening stations the world over) this was undoubtedly the most varied and interesting set of the day. Unlike Cornell, Patton did submit to an encore, which included a treat for long-term fans in We Care A Lot.”

The Music review

The Music review

Metal Obsession give more of the same: “After opening with their new track, ‘Motherfucker’ the group blew the crowd away with an incredible one and half hour set. Mike Patton, though a man of few words had the audience hanging on to every note he sang. The man’s voice really is incredible and extremely diverse, he flawlessly nailed every note, scream and growl – much to audience’s appreciation. Everyone in the crowd sang along to the band’s staple tracks like ‘Epic’, ‘Easy Like Sunday Morning’ and ‘Ashes To Ashes’ and moshed, crowd surfed and danced to hard-hitting tracks like ‘We Care A Lot’ and their new song ‘Superhero’. All in all it was an amazing performance, marred only slightly, once again by sound problems.”

Glamadelaide, meanwhile, reported: “Mike Patton was brilliant as usual, and served up hits like Epic, Last Cup Of Sorrow, Midlife Crisis, and of course Easy to the by now rock-weary crowd. They were a standout and sounded as awesome as ever.”

Moving on to Melbourne and Metal Hammer give Faith No More at 10/10 review, stating: “Patton seems determined to play the class clown tonight, and the only thing matching his impish self-regard is his ability to vocally soar as easily as most of us draw breath. Epic, Last Cup Of Sorrow, and Midlife Crisis – during which he pauses mid-song to break into a rousing, field-wide singalong of The Lion Sleeps Tonight – pass by like a roll-call of hits, an unsubtle reminder of just how immense their back-catalogue really is, and just how ambitious an attempt to follow it up must be. But it’s really that playful command of Patton’s that makes this show really shine, the drum-tight unity of the band.”

Metal Hammer review

Metal Hammer review

Leading Aussie papers The Age/Sydney Morning Herald shared reviewer was obviously under deadline pressure when they filed with Faith No More getting a perfunctory two lines: “Despite a spirited and accomplished performance, Faith No More closed the festival to an exhausted crowd, barely managing to raise their devil horns.”

Faster Louder, though, anointed Faith No More as the kings of the weekend in their Soundwave listicle: “At his charismatic best Patton proved the consummate frontman/comedian, ridiculing the Aussie accent during the audience sing-a-long of ‘Midlife Crisis’, launching into an impromptu cover of ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ and discussing AFL tactics. If witnessing Faith No More bust out classics such as ‘Evidence’ and ‘Epic’ with the same vitality as their younger selves wasn’t special enough then getting a sneak peek of their new material certainly was. The back end of their set featured new songs ‘Superhero’ and ‘Matador’.

And Australian Musician were also singing from the same hymn sheet: “On stage, white curtains flowed in the breeze as Patton and co casually strolled onto a scene resembling an exotic day spa. The crowd was quickly removed from any meditative state as the band tore into ‘Motherfucker’. The first thing which smacks you in the face with Mike Patton … he with eternally mischievous look in his eyes … is that voice. The man has lost none of his power, particularly evident on the iconic ‘Epic’. The warped mind of Patton had great joy in instigating the ‘wimmoway’ backing from the crowd for a verse of the ultra-daggy ‘Lion Sleeps Tonight’ before more FNM hits came.”

Heavy magazine captured the tone perfectly in their min-review: “Mike Patton and Co. were on point from the outset, mixing in both the old and the new. Opener ‘Motherfucker,’ the single from their upcoming album, played out like a mantra as 20,000 people chanted the chorus across the showgrounds. However, undoubtedly the greatest moments were when the crowd was able to almost drown out Patton, as was seen in ‘Epic’ and ‘Midlife Crisis.’ Soundwave has a knack for facilitating special moments when its headliners grace the stage and this year it was no different. Faith No More are in a league of their own.”

And something different from s blog we’ve featured before. Touring Tim, an associate of the band from back in the day, pens his unique take on Faith No More at Soundwave: “This is the first FNM show I’ve passively watched. I’ve mixed well over 1,000 of their shows and it’s a strange feeling, not unlike seeing that ex-girlfriend with her new boyfriend. Show over and I head to the backstage dressing room compound where some burly security guard grabs me and says, “no way mate”. Then I feel a kidney punch and before I know it I’m in a headlock; Patton has grabbed me and is dragging me into the dressing room while mocking the security guard.”

2302, 2015

Faith No More at Soundwave Melbourne other videos: All about the Bass; Patton eats; Lion Sleeps Tonight; Patton hosed

February 23rd, 2015|News, Video vault|4 Comments

Faith No More were on top form both musically and as pure performers at Melbourne’s Soundwave show on Sunday. The band – perhaps liberated by finishing their comeback album Sol Invictus – were in spectacular form, even exceeding their impish best.
Here, culled once more from the work of Youtubers to which we are eternally grateful (sorry Roddy for encouraging filming at gigs!) is a collection of the more alternative moments on stage.

Mike Patton sings All About the Bass
Faith No More have always interjected slices of contemporary pop into their live sets (Technotronic and New Kids on the Block back in the day and Lily Allen and Lady Gaga more recently) so this quick reprise of the Meghan Trainor hit was no surprise. I suspect there may be a longer snippet of this out there.

Mike Patton eats into the camera
Mike often has fun with camera operators at gigs and has been known to eat the set decoration (not to mention regurgitate shoelaces) so here he is eating what may or may not be flowers.

Faith No More perform Lion Sleeps Tonight
The band always add something in the pause in Midlife Crisis (Sir Duke, Popcorn, Eastenders theme to name just three) and on Sunday it was the Solomon Linda/Tokens/Tight Fit classic The Lions Sleeps Tonight.

Mike Patton get’s squirt gun facial
Let’s just say it was very hot and leave it there.

Jon Hudson revealed as baby of the band
Some lively pre-Superhero chat



2202, 2015

Faith No More at Soundwave Melbourne set list, photos, etc

February 22nd, 2015|Faith No More, News, Tour dates|5 Comments

Faith No More rocked a sensational and loud – audible 7km away – set at Soundwave Melbourne.
Their set list included Matador and As the Worm Turned in the encore.
(Set list photo from friend of site Gerry LaFerla)

Mike P sang The Lion Sleeps Tonight during Midlife Crisis

And a playlist

Set list:
From Out of Nowhere
Get Out
Midlife Crisis
Everything’s Ruined
Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Cuckoo for Caca
King for a Day…
Ashes to Ashes

I Started a Joke
As the Worm Turns


Some Instagram videos (thanks for sharing)

My lover ❤️ #motherfucker #faithnomore #mikepatton #future #husband

A post shared by Emm Annzig (@emzime) on

Only the love of my life #mikepatton #faithnomore #evidence

A post shared by Emm Annzig (@emzime) on

Mike Patton flower eating
(Thanks for sharing and to @mariadollyfnm) for tip)

Mike Patton having a snack during Easy! Lol! #Soundwave #melbourne

A post shared by Justine Battistella (@juzybatt) on

Full Music Feeds gallery here

2102, 2015

Faith No More at Soundwave 2015 Adelaide: videos, set list, vines, photos

February 21st, 2015|Faith No More, News, Tour dates|5 Comments

Faith No More have just finished a blistering set on a sweltering Saturday at Soundwave in Adelaide.
Their set included Sol Invictus lead-off singles Motherfucker and Superhero and a career-spanning selection.



We Care a Lot and Pristina

Also some great photos courtesy of Gerry L.





Set list

Last Cup of Sorrow
Get Out
Midlife Crisis
Everything’s Ruined
Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Cuckoo for Caca
King for a Day…

We Care a Lot
Ashes to Ashes

Set list via Setlist Fm and FNM Followers on Twitter)




2002, 2015

Faith No More Links for a day…(vol. 147): Two new interviews and Antemasque speak Patton

February 20th, 2015|Faith No More, Links for a day, News|1 Comment

WE HAVE been so thoroughly spoiled by Faith No More interview this week that the latest one is not even getting a standalone post. Roddy has again taken on the role of band spokesman in the latest interview published in Australia’s The Beat.
Roddy is again on form as he eloquently summarises the potpourri nature of the band: “What we’ve all been doing the past ten years; that comes into what we’re doing now as individuals, sure. But mostly we addressed us as a band, our core sound. That was the place of our inspiration. But in that there are these crazy personalities, these very distinct people. We all have some pretty crazy ways. Mike Patton’s solo stuff over the last ten years or so is wack-a-doodle crazy, this over-the-top, boundary pushing, weird collage stuff. Billy makes a lot of records that are mostly for people who don’t speak English, these worldly kinds of records. All of us keep trying to push things in different areas. I live in New York and I’m writing an opera about Sasquatch. What I like most about here is that people take culture, specifically really strange culture, very seriously. And that’s super inspirational for me, I love being in a place where people applaud avant-garde, and I would like to think I bring a little bit of that to what we’re doing. It doesn’t hurt that it also sounds really good on the record, too.”

IN THE SAME INTERVIEW RODDY also has some wise words on the issues of phones at gigs: “hat is really sad and cheap to me. But I’m actually seeing less and less of it now. I think it’s waning a little bit, people are starting to realise that that experience of music, the YouTube video or camera-held footage, just isn’t all that great.” In defence of gig filmers, I would argue that those who upload videos of new never-seen-before songs so that fans worldwide can see them are providing a service for their fellow fans. But the general point that the experience is not that great is certainly true.
(via FNM Followers)

AND ANOTHER INTERVIEW! The increasingly loquacious Mike Bordin this time. He spoke to Australian site Music Feeds. Speaking about Sol Invictus, he said: “To do an album has never been by numbers for us – it’s always a huge commitment and a massive process. It’s not something we could have done at the start of the reunion – it wouldn’t have been us. We had to revisit who we were in order to have an idea of where we were going. Now that we’re all speaking the same language again, now we get to go somewhere new.”
And he echoes Roddy’s comments on the group dynamic: “Everything is represented on this album. You’ve got our singer, Mike [Patton], with his range of talents and breadth of skills. Our bass player is particularly talented at creating these atmospheres and environments with his production and arrangements. Everyone’s ideas are in this record. There’s enough rock, there’s enough crunch, there’s enough melody, there’s enough darkness. All the elements are there. It’s not just one guy and one thing when it comes to Faith No More. It never has been. It’s about the value that each of us puts on music.”

will once again be on the same bill as new band on the scene Antemasque at Soundwave in Adelaide and Melbourne this weekend. I’ve been listening to the new record by the former At the Drive-in and Mars Volta guys (plus Flea¨) all day and love it and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez  and Cedric Bixler-Zavala have spoken to Mikey Cahill (who interviewed FNM this week) in a Courier-Mail interview. Cedric stated: “Oh Faith No More. Yes! We met Mike in San Francisco a little while ago and he was an adult man with the spirit of a little kid. He was awesome. The surprise came when they asked us to open for them. I’ve never seen them live before.”


1902, 2015

Roddy interview with Faster Louder

February 19th, 2015|Faith No More, News|0 Comments

Faith No More’s antipodean promotion of their tour and Sol Invictus album release continues apace with Roddy Bottum giving a long insightful interview to Aussie music site Faster Louder.

Here are some choice cuts:
“would say that it really does go back to out roots, and is really gothic – it’s really sort of in the dark and there’s a lot of sombre tones on it. It speaks to my core, I really get really gut instincts from simple stripped down sounds when we do that successfully. And for me there are a lot of those moments on the record. It’s not as dense as the place that we usually go and there are a lot of places with really simple instrumentation. And pianos – there is a lot of pianos – and a lot of really, concise smart lyrics that can be heard and understood. And those sorts of places on the record are the strongest for me.”

“There is a language that we all speak, a common language that we have as a band, that is sort of a shorthand that we go to and its really about peaks and valleys, highs and lows, sad and happy, major/minor – however, you want to put it.”

“We hadn’t spent a lot of time with each other for all that time – 10, or 12 plus years – and the reunion tours that we did, sitting backstage, playing together, looking at each other and getting accustomed to each other again after that long break that was like a really exaggerated first day back on the job for us. And we sit well with each other. And at the end of doing that it felt like this is going to be a good place to go. So there were no surprises for me when we came back and started working on stuff together it was just, it felt very comfortable.”

“Yeah, you’re absolutely spot on. We got really bored with what we doing. And we also felt like there is a whole lot of people out there who look to us to be inspired and encourage by what we do artistically. So to be doing old songs on a big stage with a lot of people watching over and over – it felt kind of cheap and easy and a little too safe of a place to be. That’s not who we are. We’ve always pushed buttons and we’ve always rubbed against the grain and we’ve always challenged things. Doing the reunion tour – in and of itself – was sort of challenging in that way. We surprised ourselves and we surprised everybody that we would come back and do this. And for a minute there that was “wow”, that was very FNM of us to do – to come back and take that on in a surprising fashion. But after we did some shows, after a while it became a little too easy and little too safe. And it became really clear. Amongst ourselves we discussed “We can’t go on doing this unless we write new songs, unless we challenge ourselves” and we kind of owe it to ourselves as a band and to the people that will come to see us – a fresh take. And at some point we drew a line in the sand and said “No, we’re not going to do this anymore!” Unless we were to create something new and have something new to share. So yes it totally did inspire us to make another record.”

“There is a different dynamic in the band, different from other hard rock bands; we have the inclusion of that. That’s just inherently who we are and we’re aware of that and I think that works for us and we just do what we naturally do and hope that all comes out. But I’m glad that you as woman would relate to that. I’d hates to think that it is limited to male, testosterone driven flavour because that’s not what we’re all about.”

1802, 2015

Faith No More talk new album in detail in Herald Sun interview

February 18th, 2015|Faith No More, News|1 Comment

Mike Bordin and Roddy Bottum spoke earlier this week to Mikey Cahill of Australia’s Herald Sun and Hit Australia and the wide-ranging interview was published online this morning.

The article is replete with juicy quotes from the guys and here is just a selection:

There came a point in the touring when we became sick of playing the same songs. We were backstage at the end of the reunion shows, looking at each other — not to sound corny — we were appreciating what we were in each other’s lives and it felt like a necessary step to take,” keyboardist Roddy Bottum says.

“Billy (Gould, bassist and producer) really pushed that step forward, the rest of us we’re like ‘(grimaces) Mmmmyeah we coooo-ooould …’ then the rest came on board.”

“It was like building a house, you need a foundation, you need to frame it. Throughout the history of the band the songs have started with bass and drums. That’s why we sound different to bands who start with a guitar riff. Bill said to me: ‘I’ve got some stuff, you should listen to it, how do you feel about that?’ I’m like ‘Bring it man’ (respectful tone). Bill also has that relationship with Mike. It’s like a game of musical telephone, y’know what I mean?”
Mike Bordin

Having had it under wraps for so long resulted in a lot of common good for the project. It’s a sombre tone as I said. The themes revolve around who we are and where we come from and what we started off doing. It’s a very introspective record. We just did the sequencing, it works well in a way other Faith No More records do, having these highs and lows back to back,” Bottum opines.

I don’t mean to sound like Kanye West,” Bordin interjects, “but as an old dude who’s been doing it for a while, this band still stimulates the hell out of me. I need to be on my toes, I better bring my A-Game or they’ll slaughter me. That’s what’s super cool about this process, we know we’re gonna give it both barrels. It’s a gift.”

1602, 2015

Links for a day…(vol. 144): Billy’s bass, Puffy speaks and more

February 16th, 2015|Faith No More, News|2 Comments

Faith No More kick off their 2015 tour tomorrow in Tokyo and there’s plenty of news online as the countdown continues to the release of Sol Invictus.

WE’LL hopefully have video from Faith No More in Tokyo later in the week. The band have already been busy in tokyo. Bill has been signing copies of his new bass (see below) and speaking at the クロサワ日本総本店ベースセンター (Kurosawa Bass Shop)

MEANWHILE, Mike Bordin and Jon Hudson have been on Japanese radio – the Ready Steady George show on Inter FM. No audio or even clues to what the guys talked about yet but here are some photos via the show’s Twitter feed:

AS WE SAW ABOVE, Billy has not been resting on his laurels after producing the album and has launched a signature bass with Zon Guitars. The media release states: “Completely handmade by ZON in their Redwood City, California, US facility, the BG4 is finished in satin black and is appointed with black hardware and a Hipshot D-tuner. A limited number of these basses will be produced with the first 25 personally signed by Billy Gould.”

THE BAND have also been continuing their promo work ahead of their Australia dates. News Limited (Herald Sun, Hit Australia) journalist Mikey Cahill has been tweeting some quotes from an interview he did with Mike Bordin and Roddy Bottum.
Roddy: “”We were gonna call the album From The Dead…but that title was a bit ‘on the nose’ ya know what I mean?”
Puffy: “I’m fired up as hell for this tour man..we’re gonna give it both barrels…”We’ll play a few new songs, we’ll be playing old songs from our catalogue that we didn’t play last time too.”
The full interview will appear this Thursday in Hit Australia with a longer version online – so should appear here.
(Thanks to FNM Followers for unearthing this one on Twitter)

NEW YORK RANGERS NHL star Dan Boyle has once again spoke about his love for Faith No More in an interview with XN Sports.
He said: “I’m good friends with drummer Mike “Puffy” Bordin and lead singer Mike Patton. I went on tour with them this summer, hung out with them and got to know the other guys in the band a little bit. I had never been to England before. I thought it was a cool city. They did one gig in London and went to Poland the next day. We were in-and-out. I was only there for two or three days total.”
Boyle recalled his first experience rubbing elbows with the veteran rockers after a member of the San Jose Sharks’ public relations staff scored him some last-minute tickets.
“Six years ago, they were sold out in San Francisco,” Boyle said. “I had asked the PR guy in San Jose to help me find a way in. I didn’t care whether I was in the nosebleeds, top left corner. Not only did he get me in, I met the band.”
Since that initial meeting, Boyle became fast friends with the San Franciscan alternative metal rockers.
“I’ve seen them four times,” Boyle said. “They were at the game when we were out in San Jose. I’ll go see them eventually again this summer when they tour with their new album.”
Faith No More will release their first studio album in 18 years in Apr. 2015. As for Boyle’s favorite Faith No More album, it’s the 1992 release “Angel Dust.”
“It has to be Angel Dust,” Boyle said.””



1602, 2015

Roddy hails gothic return to roots on new Faith No More album

February 16th, 2015|Faith No More, News|1 Comment

Faith No More have shown off the media-shy shackles of their early reunion and are in fun promo mode ahead of their imminent Japan, Australian and New Zealand dates and the 18 May release of Sol Invictus.

Roddly spoke to leading Australian music site Faster Louder. Speaking about the new album he said: ““I would say that it really does go back to out roots, and really gothic – it’s really sort of in the dark and there’s a lot of sombre tones on it”, he said. “I get gut instincts from simple stripped down sounds, when we do that successfully,” he continued, “and for me there is a lot of those moments on the record. Like, not as dense as the place that we usually go and there’s a lot of places with a really simple instrumentation and pianos – there is a lot of pianos – and a lot of really, concise smart lyrics that can be heard and understood. And those sort of places on the record are the strongest for me.”

He added: “[Mike Patton] has done a super super, great job; I’m a huge fan of his lyrics I love what he does lyrically. There are some really fun word play that he does, and there is a lot of referencing of us as a core group.”

The full interview will be published on the Faster Louder website later this week.

Meanwhile, the band have also done interviews in Tokyo with TV Tokyo and Inter FM.

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