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.”