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2307, 2015

INTERVIEW: Faith No More career-spanning interview in The Guardian

July 23rd, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|8 Comments

Finally, the big Guardian interview I hoped for in May has come in July. 

The band reflected on their career with Dorian Lynskey in the UK-based paper.

Here are some choice cuts:

Roddy Bottum:

“I think we accomplished what we need  to accomplish. If we all died today I think we would have done a good job.”

“Doing what we’re doing now makes all of that work we did then a lot more validating,” Gould agrees. “We came back and we made it better. If that’s the only lesson we learned, that’s a good lesson.”

2307, 2015

INTERVIEW: Mike Patton and Bill Gould discuss getting back on road in Wall Street Journal

July 23rd, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|2 Comments

First up, apologies for the lack of updates for past few weeks. Have actually been flat out on another FNM project but normal service will be resumed on Monday.

The band are back at it too and Bill and Mike P gave some great insights into the touring process in an interview published today in The Wall Street Journal.

Here are some extracts:

“Playing live is very physical, and you want to keep those muscles active,” said the 52-year-old Gould. “Otherwise, in front of people, it’s challenging and takes the fun out of it. So I try to keep my strength going all the time.”

“The one thing that’s different now is I go through more peaks and valleys,” said Patton, 47 years old. “I’m older so it’s tougher. I’ll start out fine, then I’ll hit a valley. And then I’ll be great for a while, and then all of a sudden, hey, if you blink or stay out too late one night or don’t take care of yourself, then it can step up and bite you in the ass.”

“That doesn’t mean Faith No More won’t follow up “Sol Invictus” with a new album or even more tours down the line. Patton said it is possible because a lot of material didn’t make the most recent record, and Gould said he hopes Faith No More’s newfound productivity will continue. Before that, though, Gould said the band will “do what’s best for everybody” and decide what’s next in October, when they are set to play the Monster Energy Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, Calif.”

607, 2015

VIDEO: Faith No More at Download: Sky Arts interview and video highlights

July 6th, 2015|Faith No More, News|4 Comments

Footage from Sky Arts coverage of Faith No More at Download has finally emerged and here it is complete with interview with Mike Patton and Bill Gould.

207, 2015

Links for a Day 184: Great Patton interview; Maor Appelbaum interview

July 2nd, 2015|Faith No More, Links for a day, News|6 Comments

Mike Patton interview on Finnish radio

The Finns seem to specialise in coaxing great replies and interviews from Faith No More members and YLE have pulled off a great interview with Mike Patton at Provinssi 2015.

Read and – for non-Finns or Swedes – listen here.

Maor Applebaum interview

Hat tip to Faith No More Followers for that link and they have produced an excellent interview with Maor Appelbaum who mastered Sol Invictus.

He said: ” I worked on it a few days and sent Billy a set of initial masters for him to check and give me feedback.
Billy and the band had heard it and wanted me to make a few changes on a few songs, I made the changes and worked with them to make it fit exactly how they envisioned it.
In the end, the band, the label, Matt and everyone involved were all very happy with the results of the mastering and what it brought to the table.
Communications is key to get the desired results and this is a great example of that.

Faith No More to play Costa Rica

Faith No More have added another date to their South and Central American tour in September with a first ever date in Costa Rica on 15 September. According to La Nacion, the concert will take place at the Coca-Cola Amphitheater Viva Park in Alajuela. There will be a pre-sale on 8 July before tickets go on sale officially on 14 July here.

ARTE Berlin Live to air in November

We’ll have to wait until November until the Faith No More showcase concert in Berlin is aired by ARTE. Stevens Dream from the Faith No More French community contacted the broadcaster for the information – broadcast date is 14 November at 2355.



3006, 2015

INTERVIIEW: Roddy Bottum speaks to Clash magazine – plus a bonus unreleased Patton interview

June 30th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|2 Comments

The Clash magazine interview with Roddy Bottum has finally been published and its an excellent read, with the Faith No More keyboardist in excellent form.

2015-06-30 18_14_57-Clash Magazine

He speaks about Billy Gould’s role in making Sol Invictus happen:

“He’s always taken the lead; he’s very go-get-em, very enterprising, push ahead, forge ahead kinda guy. The rest of us are a little slower. I mean, he produced, mixed and wrote a large part of what we’re releasing.”

About the music.making process:

“I think it’s like extremes. Extreme highs and extreme lows. Intensity and release. When we think about our music we think about it more in terms of that, as opposed to the confusing process but I think as a result it does confuse people.”

And he confirms what we thought about Motherfucker.

“Whereas before when we were making music, releasing music before there were always big companies involved, big record companies. That song is about the accountability of that. Who is accountable for what we do, for the release and presentation of what we do. And yeah, exactly at this point it’s only us – we started our own record company and we’re doing things strictly on our terms. The people who are accountable are the five of us and it’s a pretty good place to be.”

The magazine has also disinterred an old interview with Mike Patton from 2010 that was never published, written by friend of the site Ben Hopkins.

Here are some highlights:

“The only TV I watch is stuff from the Sixties. But I love Planet Earth. I’ve developed a real crush on David Attenborough. It’s hard to go to sleep without hearing his voice.”

“I’ve been on a French crime spree. Jean-Pierre Melville I’ve been really into lately; Le deuxième soufflé, Red Circle is amazing, Army of Shadows is incredible. Most of these have Lena Ventura in who was an amazing actor.”

3006, 2015

Links for a day 183: Superhero honour, behind the scenes and more

June 30th, 2015|Faith No More, Links for a day, News, Sol Invictus reviews|2 Comments

Here’s our round-up of what’s been happening over the past few days while the rest of the music media have been belatedly catching up with the Faith No More Foo Fighter’s snippet.

Superhero number 2 in What Culture list

The list in question is their 10 Best Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Songs Of 2015 (So Far) rundown and Superhero comes in at number 2. Here is some of what they say:

“One of the most mature and meticulously stitched together hard rock songs of the year for a band whose iconic status has only been extended further with the genre defying Sol Invictus.”

Sol Invictus in Rolling Stone album of the year list

Another list.  Rolling Stone has published its clickbaitish albums of the year so far list – in June. They say: “It’s nearly half over, but the year of the dueling streaming services has already given us plenty of reasons to press play. Mumford went electric, Dylan went Rat Pack and Mark Ronson went to the top of the charts. D’Angelo made a huge impact on 2015 with his bold return (after 14 years without a new album), which was followed by comeback LPs from Faith No More (after 18 years) and the Sonics (49 years). And of course there has been no shortage of newcomers — indie wordsmith Courtney Barnett, hip-hop’s giddy Rae Sremmurd, high-concept dance crew Future Brown — turned heads as well. Here’s the best of 2015’s first six months.”
And on Sol Invictus, they re-iterate:

“Sol Invictus, the band’s first record since 1997’s underrated Album of the Year, offers newer, better versions of Faith No More’s formula: spaghetti-Western guitars (“Cone of Shame”), proggy keyboard drama (“Matador”) and tons of vocal contortions from lead singer Mike Patton (“Rise of the Fall”).”

Insightful Niccolò Antonietti interview

If you have been at any of the Faith No More shows this summer, chances are you will have spotted among the white-clad crew bearded monitoring engineer Niccolò Antonietti. He has given an insightful interview to ZioGiorgio, which gives a look behind the scenes on the technical aspects of putting together the Faith No More live experience.

Here are some choice cuts:

“I had the chance to work as monitor engineer for Mike Patton’s parallel project “Mondo Cane”. I must have done a good job because after the concert Mike Patton asked me if I wanted to work with them till the end of the tour as their official monitor engineer. From then on it was like a snowball effect. Mike Patton asked me to work with Faith No More and then with Tomahawk, and then, with the help of their sound engineer, I also started to work with Primal Scream. I then decided to move across to London and work here.”

“We did “Download” in Donington (UK) last week, where we had only half an hour for stage changeover, with 10 minutes taken up to changeover from the previous group. This year we had a completely white stage, including white carpeting, so another ten minutes were for stage set-up, and so in the remaining ten minutes you need people on the stage that know what they’re doing.”

Yoga and the No Worries hotel in Finland

Mike P and Roddy lead the crowd in some yoga instruction and arrange a date at the No Worries hotel at Provinssirock.

Burton snowboard winners

The winners of those wonderful Burton Faith No More snowboards met the band in Sweden at the weekend. Anneli Grotterød, Steve Murphy and Felix Seifert were the winners.

Read more here (via @mariadollyfnm)

Refused hitch a ride

As reported by UpRoxx and elsewhere, Faith No More offered a plane ride to reunited Swedish punks The Refused to Provinssirock.

Late, late Antiquiet Sol Invictus review

There is a lot to be said in this age of immediate gratification and instant evaluation to let an album soak in and wash over you and I’ll assume that’s why Antiquiet have waited about six weeks before passing judgement on Sol Invictus.The review is worth waiting for as they say:
“I won’t go into any trite soapboxing about whether or not this is an acceptable “comeback album” or what Faith No More may or may not have had to prove to anyone, whether they did or did not succeed in doing so, or any of all that obvious blogger bullshit. But what I do feel is safe to say, and re-affirmed by this album, is that Faith No More is still very much a force to be reckoned with, and one of the most powerful bands still working.”

2906, 2015

CONCERT: Faith No More at Tinderbox festival setlist, Patton poncho problems, videos and more

June 29th, 2015|News|5 Comments

Faith No More finished off the European leg of their Sol Invictus tour in Denmark at the Tinderbox festival on Sunday night.

Apart from Mike Patton having a Mario Balotelli moment with a poncho, it was a fitting finale. There were no real surprises in the set but Spirit and King for a Day and 5 cuts from Sol Invictus( but not Sunny Side Up) were included.


Be Aggressive
Black Friday
Midlife Crisis
Get Out
Separation Anxiety
King For A Day
Ashes To Ashes

We Care A Lot
I Started A Joke


A 5-star review

Poncho problems


Poncho wins #faithnomore

A video posted by Gus Guerrero (@gustaborracho) on




#faithnomore #tinderbox #tinderbox2015 #tb15 #denmark

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1906, 2015

Faith No More at the Roundhouse night 2 videos and photos

June 19th, 2015|Faith No More, News|1 Comment

Videos of last night’s show have been quick to pop on YouTube and here’s our playlist which includes Cone of Shame:



And there are some great photos again via Getty

Posing with The Gimp

1506, 2015

Faith No More add Brothers Johnson Strawberry Letter 23 to setlist

June 15th, 2015|Faith No More, Faith No More Covered, News|3 Comments

Faith No More have added a cover of the Shuggie Otis/ Brothers Johnson’s 1970s soul classic Strawberry Letter 23 to their current setlist.

According to setlist.fm. this is the 40th cover that the band have played live. The band first played it as one of their many snippets during Midlife Crisis but at Download and Glasgow it has been added to the set as a song in its own right.

Might Bill Gould’s wish from 1997 come true: “I’d love us to do a straight up soul ballads record” (Metal Hammer 1997)

From 06:45 here (Bratislava)

At Pinkpop

From 31:39 onwards in this fnm4ever version of the Pinkpop pro-shot video

And here is the original

The song memeorably appeared on the Jackie Brown OST making it two songs from that soundtrack that Mike Patton has covered after his take on Across 110th Street.

1506, 2015

Mike Patton offers musical therapy to injured fan at Download festival

June 15th, 2015|Faith No More, News|1 Comment

Faith No More front man Mike Patton offered first aid of sorts to an injured fan during the band’s Download Festival appearance at Donington Park on Saturday evening.

Skip to 02:30 onwards here

And via Instagram

Faith no more feat. Uomo in barella #download2015 #DownloadFestival #FaithNoMore

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