Faith No More’s Bill Gould spoke to Chile’s Futuro 88.9 FM about the We Care a Lot re-release and the listening party in Santiago.
Faith No More brought their Sol Invictus tour South American leg to a close in their spiritual home of Santiago, Chile on Sunday night. Even with Superhero and Icarus-turned-Lazarus Mike Pattton taking to the stage in a wheelchair, the band delivered a fitting finale and a 19-song salvo.
Como siempre, fue otra vez una noche inolvidable! Gracias Santiago!!!!
— Billy Gould (@MRGOULD) September 28, 2015
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From Out of Nowhere
Evidence (Spanish Version)
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Ashes to Ashes
Cone of Shame
We Care a Lot
Emol: Even songs from his latest work as “Superhero”, “Separation anxiety” or “Rise and Fall” seemed compositions that had spent years with the group, so that the inclusion of these in the set never felt forced
INTERVIEWS: Mike Patton speaks to La Tercera and Bill Gould to La Nacion about upcoming tour and future plans
As the band gear up to their live return (Jimmy Kimmel on 3 September, Bumbershoot and Red Rocks on 6 and 8 September, and Central and South America from 15 September), they are back on the promo trail.
First up, Bill Gould has spoken to Costa Rican paper La Nación about the band’s first visit and future plans:
How many times have you come to Costa Rica?
20 times. I have friends who live in Nicoya and have travelled the whole area, and a little San Jose. You have a great country.
What are your plans for after the tour: will you continue as a band or return to personal projects?
We now operate in steps and at the end of each step, we sat down to talk. At the end of tour we will see what we do. There is no right answer, no wrong answer. What we are going to work must have everyone on the same page.
I also loved this from Bill:
How do you feel when a young man approaches them to tell them they were the favorite band of his father? We are hearing of these cases more often. It’s odd, funny, makes me laugh, because we never saw us as a band would be playing in these times: if you look old and I have to be a grandfather, which makes me weird. It’s a good thing we did hear a difference to the people long ago, but what matters to me is that while we’re inspired, we will continue to do so.
And Mike Patton has spoken to Chile’s La Tercera ahead of the band’s return to their spiritual home for the Santiago Gets Louder festival on 27 September.
“Over the years Chile has become a very special place for us, and we hope that this relationship will continue. We are obviously eager to play our new songs there.”
He also spoke about the positive reception for Sol Invictus:
“The mere fact that people still interested in us, after all these years, is encouraging. Well, that the disc has been received so positively was something extra that surprised us. We always hope that people enjoy and can feel inspired or even brought to our music, but we are also very realistic. We know we can not control the reactions and expectations of people, and that music is a subjective and personal experience to the listener. I think, in other words, we can not please everyone!”
And Mike also partly agreed that the band are now more popular than ever:
“I partially agree with that view. While I cannot say that I understand fully why this idea seems to be true. If you force me to give an answer, I think it has to do with nostalgia or some “vintage mystique” that people identify us. Or maybe they were just having the opportunity to see us 20 years ago who knows. To be honest, I’m not sure if people understood our music at the time, or if they do now, but what is more important is whether our songs are capable of transmitting a feeling, an emotion or idea.”
Mike also spoke briefly about his future plans:
“Right now I’m totally dedicated and committed to Faith No More, of course, but that does not mean that you are not working on other adventures. Now I’m involved with a new project called Nevermen group. Our first album will be released later this year. And there are other things out there in the oven too.”
Faith No More looks set for a high chart placing in Germany according to the official midweek figures for the German album charts which have just been released.
Faith No More’s Sol Invictus is number 3 in the midweek chart behind two other new entries from former Eurovision winner Lena and Andreas Gabalier.
The official full chart is published on Friday.
Putting that German performance into context, FNM’s best ever chart performance in Germany saw Album of the Year reach number 2 in 1997. Angel Dust and King for a Day both peaked art number 8 and The Real Thing at only 37.
One more curio from Germany. Superhero is currently number 15 in the Indie Disko Top 40. This is an official trendcharts.de chart in Germany based on DJ, radio and college DJ plays. This was up from 36 the week before.
No figures from Australia but The Music reports that Faith No More are in a battle for the number one spot in the ARIA chart. They report:.
“Veteran US rock group Faith No More just yesterday released their first studio album in eighteen years, Sol Invictus, but they may have to contend with a certain Aussie duo for glory on this week’s ARIA Album Charts.
While the San Fran founded quintet look to clinch a top three spot, electronic group Hermitude are in a similar spot after the release of their fifth studio album, Dark Night Sweet Light.
It will be a very interesting week for sales and we gave both albums glowing reviews, while Hermitude received our pick for album of the week”
Faith No More remain number one in 7 countries in the iTunes album chart – and are number one in Europe and number 2 globally on the kworb chart of overall chart peformance (not sales) on iTunes. At present, they are number one in Chile, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Norway, Poland and Slovakia and number 8 in the US.
As we reported yesterday, Faith No More’s Sol Invictus is on target for a number 3 placing in the official UK album chart. It is unlikely to catch fellow new entries Brandon Flowers or Paul Weller for the number one or two spot and will have to hold off competition from toff banjo bandits Mumford and Sons and non-dance dance act Hot Chip for the number 3 slot.
On the day it is released to most of the world (sorry US and UK fans), Faith No More’s Sol Invictus is making significant chart impact in Europe and Australia – and Chile, (always Chile!).
The album is number 1 in Luxembourg and #3 in Australia and Chile.
Here’s the full list
#6 New Zealand
#91 United States
#116 Czech Republic
Faith No More‘s first album in 18 years Sol Invictus is finally available for STREAMING.
Here is where you can listen around the world from 11 May:
Germany, Austria and Switzerland – PIAS
Also Switzerland SRF
Czech Republic Musicserver.cz
Italy Rolling Stone
Chile Rock & Pop
Colombia El Tiempo
Uruguay El País
Peru El Comercio
Argentina Rock & Pop
Brazil Folha de Sao Paulo
Bolivia El Comercio
Ecuador El Comercio / El tiempo
Venezuela El tiempo
Pre-order bundles, including limited edition vinyl, are available now via http://solinvictus.kungfustore.com in North America and http://faithnomore.firebrandstores.com in Europe. Digital pre-orders, featuring instant downloads of “Motherfucker” and “Superhero” available here: http://geni.us/2L7x