2805, 2015

CHARTS: Faith No More hits top 10 in France, #2 in Czech Republic, #9 in Canada and more

May 28th, 2015|Faith No More, News|3 Comments

The latest French official SNEP album charts have just been announced and Faith No More’s Sol Invictus is a new entry at a frankly astounding number 10.

France is certainly not a rock heartland  (apologies to Bertrand, Stevan and Nessie) and the French charts are normally dominated by local and at least francophone artists, so this is another significant charting for the band’s seventh studio album.

Indeed, the album is the only non-francophone title in the top 19 of the charts – Snoop Dogg makes it in at number 20. Again kudos to PIAS France who did a good job promoting the album in France. I’m now hoping the band can follow up this interest with a a French TV appearance with Canal Plus’ Album de la Semaine the dream.

It is Faith No More’s highest-charting album in France – with Album of the Year having peaked at number 17.

Strangely, the album is number 11 in both the physical and download charts but makes it to number 10 overall.



Czech Republic

Sol Invictus has gone straight in at number 2 in the Czech Republic album charts. Again it is the only non-local album in the top 10 there. And again it is the band’s best-charting album in the country.

  TT -1T -2T Interpret Titul Vyd. NP PK PH
1 1 17 RADŮZA Marathon (Příběh běžce) SUPRAPHON 1 3 1
5 3 3 DAVID KOLLER ČeskosLOVEnsko BRAINZONE 1 10 2
7 NEW TŘI SESTRY Fernet Underground WARNER MUSIC 7 1 3
8 8 1 KAREL KRYL Bratříčku, zavírej vrátka SUPRAPHON 1 4 3
9 2 4 CHINASKI Rockfield BRAINZONE 1 29 2


The charts have not been published but Sol Invictus will debut at number 9 in the Billboard Canadian charts.


Sol Invictus has entered at number 23 in the Spanish album charts.

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Sol Invictus in charts worldwide

#1 in Finland
#2 in Australia
#2 in Czech Republic
#3 in Switzerland
#4 in Germany
#5 in Scotland
#6 in UK
#6 in New Zealand
#6 in US album sales
#7 in Austria
#7 in Netherlands
#9 in Canada
#10 in Belgium (Flemish)
#10 in France
#10 in Ireland
#14 in US
#15 in Belgium (French)
#23 in Spain
#27 in Sweden

405, 2015

Faith No More interview with Spain’s RockZone magazine – translated

May 4th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Other bands|1 Comment

We have become almost habituated to Faith No More interviews in recent weeks but Barcelona-based free magazine RockZone has come up with a brilliant angle in their interview with Bill Gould. They arranged for David Gonzalez from Basque punk trio Berri Txarrak to interview his fellow bass player.
We reproduce the full interview here from the free publication but would strongly urge you to download it too to help support the publication.

The standout quote from Bill for me is.

“We have some other very good ideas, I think. I hope someday they will convert into Faith No More music.”

Read the full magazine here.

David Gonzalez

Translation is by our very good friend Pablo Fernandez.


First of all some nuggets from the introduction from David: “Billy Gould was one of the reasons why I’m in the music business. The first time I listened to FNM I had my head blown off. The solid rhythm section, this voice and the way to create basslines changed my life forever. FNM are one of these bands ahead of his time, misunderstood at his time (luckily this is over) part because of their eclecticism and capacity to develop themselves amazingly in any musical style. If there’s something pretty hard FOR a band, it is to develop its own sound and trademarks that differentiate it from the rest, that make you identifiable at any instance. That and other virtues are precisely those that makes FNM so unique.”

Hey Bill, how are you? First of all, I’d like to thanks for and congratulate you on the new record.

Hey David. Well, thanks. We’re very happy, we just started the tour and we’re very thrilled with the new album.

Since I’m not a journalist, I’ll take the opportunity. I know that you were never that much into being interviewed and promotion. How is your relationship now with the press? How is the reception to the album?

It is very interesting. I think that the reaction from the press has been very good. I don’t know what we were expecting because this record, without being a FNM record, is very different from the previous ones. We used to make records that people didn’t understand and the response for this one has been very positive and a nice surprise. We presumed that the record will appeal to a certain group of fans.

How was the writing and recording process of Sol Invictus?

The whole priocess took a couple of years. We started writing little by little. First we made one song, than another…Without thinking of an album, really. We had a lot of ideas, but it was about to reach a point where everyone is ready/keen to make a record. And this took a while. Since we decided to make the album, the next step was to not say anything about it. We thought “let’s start to work and see what we got”. There were no expectations; we didn’t have any obligation to make an album. We just put ourselves to write music. As soon as we were in the rehearsal place I started to assemble some mics I had around there, in a casual way. And everything was pretty human, we were just the original members and no one else. It was brilliant.

You’re the main FNM writer/composer. Where and how does a song come to you?

It’s like a big puzzle. For me, making music is like architecture and all the pieces have to fit together. Like a big machine. There’s a little of everything. Sometimes we just jam and other times we worked with ideas that we brought from home. For this record, the process wasn’t so different from the others. At the end, what it matters is to write a song. It is like to fight a war: you use everything you have. If you have previously some ideas, brilliant if it comes from some jamming, brilliant too. You can use anything because at the end what matters is how good the song is.

One of your most notable characteristic is the rhythm section that you make with Mike Bordin. Do you write the bass first, for instance?

In some of the songs yes but not at all. The rhythm section is the skeleton of a song and it always was an important part of FNM because if you think about it, I’ve played with Mike Bordin since 1981. It’s pretty easy to compose with someone that you know very well. We know what we do. We’re not the best musicians in the world but we know each other very well.

After some listening it could be said that the keyboards are way more integrated and there’s a lot of piano on Sol Invictus unlike in previous records…

Yes, that’s what we wanted to do. It feels more natural. It feels more like a real band playing together on a stage with a real piano. It’s not like a sampler or a synth. And for us it is like when you drink a wine that was in a barrel for a long time: the piano was woozy, it feels more real.

What were the major influences at the time you made Sol Invictus?

Today there’s a lot of music that i don’t like. When I listen to something new, much of it doesn’t impress me at all. What I think is: “what would I like to listen to, what is missing?” There’s something that doesn’t connect with me. That’s how I think I want to write music that has this thing that is missing in other bands”. It makes me feel better. Music that we’re missing in our lives is our major influence, really.

Could you name some today’s band that are apart from this or a name that or that inspired you?

The Fall, The Cramps, The Kinks.

I know that the album is ready but are you still working on new things?

We have some other very good ideas, I think. I hope someday they will convert into Faith No More music.

Which one is your favorite song from the new album? Is there some that you’d like to highlight?

It changes everyday. Last week it was Sunny Side Up. And this week, probably Sol Invictus.

And the coolest song to play live?

At the moment we just played a couple live. Tonight, for instance, we played “Separation Anxiety” for the first time. I’ve always said that it’s weird because when you play a song for the first time you don’t feel confident about it yet. I’d say that I feel very comfortable playing “Superhero”, for instance.

Do you have any ritual before/after going onstage?

We don’t do anything special. I feel like crap 20 seconds before going onstage. And then it goes.

Yes, to me feels the same way…like to shrink before exploding onstage…

Yes, yes… it always feels the same, doesn’t it? Once you’ve played everything is cool but before it’s always hard to play. I can’t talk with anyone, it’s a bad feeling.

I’ve been aware that the person most against putting out something new was Mike Patton. What’s right about that statement?

Not only him. Everyone had their own concerns about the idea to make something new. But it is right to say that, without being the only one, Mike Patton had his own individually.

Ten years has passed by since when, in 1998, you guys decided to leave FNM and regroup for the reunion in 2009. What difference did you find in the music scene, industry, audience, since then?

You know what i see. I see even though business is making less profit than in the past, the mindset is more conservative. I think that the way the media works regarding music is more money-oriented than ever. Perhaps because there’s less money behind it.. There’s less romanticism in the way music refers to itself. You talk a lot more about social networks, the business…bands making all kinds of bullshit related to social media, mailing lists, etc…But this has nothing to do with playing music, there’s no lifestyle, there’s no culture, the cultural part of music is fucked.

You’re back with a self-produced album and you’ve produced lot of others. In fact, you were in charge of recording and producing. What are the benefits and the inconveniences of this?

The benefit was to only work with band members and anything we did was exactly what we want it. This is fantastic and gives you a lot of power. This is like you have an restaurant and in the back you have your own garden to cultivate the vegetables you’re going to cook and serve. But the bad part is that you have no one to help you out! (laughs). And the final result has to be very good and you have to sort things out to solve all your problems because we even didn’t record in a professional studio. It was only a rehearsal room. There were some challenges in the time to make it sound good because it wasn’t developed for recording. This was complicated but in the end it worked. We found a way to make it and to me, as sound engineer, has made me better and taught me a lot of new things.

At this time of band reunions i think that you’re one of the bands in better shape than back when you split. Is it just me or do you feel the same way?

I think so. I think that now everyone here is very focused on it. In the past there was always someone that wasn’t happy about it. There was always someone unhappy. And now it’s not like that. It is true that we’ve only had three concerts on this tour…so you should ask me this again in couple of months (laughs). Perhaps someone is unhappy. It could be me, I don’t know. At the moment the band is very focused as a team.

I had the opportunity to see you three times in the last tour and you communicate a lot of consistency and confidence…

Yeah, I think we’re better musicians after all these years.

Did it come in your mind to call Jim Martin for the reunion? Are you still in touch with him today?

I didn’t talk to him directly…but I think that we had to make a decision about if it was just something nostalgic or something with a future. And it’s right to say that we stopped being creative with Jim back in 1992 and 1993. We could make it since the money offers were very high but we were pretty different from the other bands that reunited to play. There was this energy and we didn’t want that. It could be reliving the past instead of the present.

You’re a very influential bassist to us. Besides your way of playing and writing, you have a unique sound which is very personal. Zon has part of the blame – could you talk about your bass gear and the new bass model?

Zons guitar is a manufacturer of bass and guitars from San Francisco, where I live, and that’s how we met and they made me a bass in 1991. They told me that they would give me an instrument that I’d like but I didn’t think the same way because I was very happy about the bass I was playing back then. When they gave me the Zon it became something very personal. It is the only bass I’ve been using since then. And this year they told me: “You know we think that we should make it to sell it so people could buy it”. And I thought it was a good idea and they’re actually making my model. I had the idea to put a pre-amp inside the bass that it’s called a parallel drive circuit. What it makes is that it gives you the option to have a little more grit, which is what I used to do with amps. So that way, it is possible to have my sound no matter which amp you use.

So you don’t have concerns about the amp. And whenever you go you always have the same sound…

Amps sound so different from each other and there were a lot of times that I’ve played with amps that didn’t make me happy…so in that way I think its good to have the sound, closest possible to the source. At least the sound that comes out of the bass is the way it should be.

I follow you on social media and you are a person who is very social and politically committed. Specifically with a lot of conflicts in Eastern Europe. I know that you love the Balkans. What is the relationship you have with those countries?

I’ve spent a lot of time there and I’ve a lot of friends there. I think that what happens there affects the rest of the world and since there’s not so much news of it in the media, when you see how people there act, that’s how you understand your own situation. America maintains a very ignorant position about the Balkans area. Despite the fact that they’re very involved in what happens there, in the USA none writes about it. And I think that it is very fundamental that people know what’s going on there and how they neglect things on purpose. What happens there is symptomatic in a way to what happens in other places. The difference is there they don’t hide what they do.

What has Bill Gould been up to all those years where FNM was done?

I was producing records all the time. I’ve a label called KoolArrow that releases international music. I’m not referring to world music, but international music because when you live in America you only get music from here or the UK. And in my opinion music from America is the worst music in the world. The music from today is awful. So I created an “oil pipe” to bring interesting things that are happening in other places in a way that Americans can see that there’s something different outside.

Yes, I know some of the KoolArrow bands…

The bands are different from each other. It’s a tiny label and it’s me trying to keep an open view on the world.

What happens in Chile with Faith No More? You are huge there.

We played in Chile a long time ago and we were one of the first rock bands to play the Festival Vina del Mar. And everyone hated us, hated us so much that most of the audience left the concert. But they rebroadcast it on television to the whole country and a lot of youngsters, who never saw anything like that, saw us. And for them it was like it opened the world. In Pinochet’s time everyone was very conservative and we’re this weird thing appearing on national television. And that’s how the connection has born. Later I lived there for a while during the King For A Day time..

The last time you played there was at Estadio Bicentenario, true?

Yea, it’s crazy, right? And I did some concerts with Talking Book. We really have a big connection with Chile.

And in America?

This time we’re going have more concerts there. There’s a lot of people we like in America. I think in the past they really didn’t get this band and I don’t blame this people. I think that the fault is with the media and the magazines here, which are very conservative. I don’t know which crap they like  or is trendy right now here but everything they said about us wasn’t correct. They didn’t understand the band. But I think that now, 18 years later, they understand us better and appreciate us more. There were hard times for us here but everything now is better.


















1207, 2010

Faith No More at BBK Live Bilbao set list and video

July 12th, 2010|Faith No More, News|27 Comments

Faith No More continued their intensive second series of European Second Coming tour dates with an appearance at Bilbao’s BBK Live festival.


Set list:
From Out of Nowhere
Land of Sunshine
Surprise! You’re Dead!
Chinese Arithmetic [with Poker Face]
Last Cup of Sorrow
Cuckoo for Caca
Ashes to Ashes
Midlife Crisis
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
King for a Day
Just a Man

Chariots of Fire
Digging the Grave

This Guy’s in Love with You

1007, 2010

Faith No More at Sonisphere, Getafe setlist and video

July 10th, 2010|Faith No More, News|4 Comments

Faith No More headed the bill at the Sonisphere metalfest in Getafe near Madrid last night and post-Slayer slayed the large crowd.

Sonisphere website
: “Whether through sobriety, maturity or just a reinvigorated passion for their creation (one that has undoubtedly left a greater legacy on a generation of bands that followed than almost any other), Faith No More looked and sounded the best they ever have. Patton’s earlier stated fears that a reunion would be inappropriate can now be officially laid to rest – this wasn’t nostalgia, it was a truly majestic rock band at the very top of their game.”
Virtual Festivals: “At twenty past midnight, the legend that is Mike Patton stepped onto the stage, itself decorated minimally with just some red drapes, him sporting a dazzling silver suit. His chums had also made an effort to stand out from the black t-shirt & combat shorts hoi paloi, very smartly attired in pinstripe suits with carnations. For a tiny moment, once their welcoming roar had subsided, you could hear a pin drop. And then, for the next hour and a half, they absolutely killed it.”

Not a lot so far:

From Out of Nowhere
Land of Sunshine
Evidence (in Spanish)
Surprise you’re Dead
Chinese Arithmetic (Poker Face intro)
Last Cup of Sorrow
Cuckoo for Caca
Ashes to Ashes
Midlife Crisis (with Sir Duke)
Gentle Art of Making Enemies
King for a Day
Be Aggressive
Just a Man

Olé/ Charriots/Stripsearch
We Care a Lot
(Merci to Bertrand and the French Faith No More Community)

403, 2010

Faith No More confirmed for Bilbao BBK Live

March 4th, 2010|News, Tour dates|12 Comments

As we speculated earlier, Faith No More will play the Bilbao BBK Live festival in Spain on Saturday 10 July.

The festival organisers confirmed FNM as headliners this evening, with the Manic Street Preachers and Jet as support. Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains play on the Friday with Rammstein, Slayer and Skunk Anansie on the Friday.
Ticket sales here.

403, 2010

What next for Faith No More?

March 4th, 2010|News|70 Comments

Just when it appeared that Mike Patton’s solo date in Amsterdam would signal the end of the FNM reunion, the band have announced their opening two European festival dates of the summer and promised more to follow.

Indeed, should they follow the often hectic schedule of their 2009 European tour, it seems likely that Faith No More will squeeze in another date on the same weekend as their Optimus Alive and Sonisphere engagements in Portugal in Spain. The Bilbao BBK Live festival, which also features Rammstein from Sonisphere and Pearl Jam from Optimus, looks a good bet. Also on the same weekend are the mammoth and related Oxegen and T in the Park festivals in Ireland as well as the Ruisrock festival in Finland, which FNM headlined last year, and Serbia’s iconic Exit festival. Oxegen has gone somewhat hip-hop this year and the bill looks loaded but more names will be revealed on 8 March. T in the Park has already announced its headliners and is sold out so looks a remote possibility.

With as many as ten major festivals taking place across Europe on some weekends, further summer speculation would be laborious and ill-informed. However, some news to keep an eye out for next week is the announcement of the final headliner for the United Kingdom Sonisphere date. No word of an exact date yet but this week’s announcement came on Tuesday. Iron Maiden and Rammstein are already conformed for the Knebworth two-dayer on Friday 30 July and Saturday 1 August.

A confirmation for that and suddenly a whole summer of FNM again looms appealingly for European fans. What though for the US and north America in general? Three Warfield dates and the Coachella festival have been confirmed so far and there’s not even a sniff of a rumour of anything else as of yet. Some fans have taken the new European dates as a sign that there won’t be any more US shows but there is still plenty of time to fit in more dates before a European jaunt and it must be remembered that the lucrative European festival circuit was more than likely the trigger for the whole reunion in the first place so it is hardly surprising that it is being milked again.

As for a new record, again speculation is all I can offer but it does appear that the band have not even got so far as discussing the prospect in detail as of yet. Whatever the future holds, just over one year after the announcement that Faith No More would reform, the Second Coming adventure continues to enthrall.

Let us know your thoughts below.

303, 2010

Faith No More to play Spain in July

March 3rd, 2010|Tour dates|17 Comments

The reunion goes on.  Faith No More will return to Europe in July 2010 when they play the Sonisphere festival in Getafe, Spain (13km south of Madrid). The festival is scheduled for 9 and 10 July and joining FNM will be Rammstein, Megadeth, Alice in Chains, Slayer and many more. No day by day breakdown as yet but tickets will go on sale on 8 March.

There is a string of Sonisphere dates across Europe this summer, many with Metallica headlining. Comparing to the lineup of the Switzerland Sonisphere I’m going to in June, FNM and Rammstein are effectively replacing Metallica.

(Thanks to tbeest for info)

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