Pitchfork and Faith No More seem unlikely bedfellows but the hipster bible has published a second article eulogising the band in the space of a month.
The latest piece – entitled The Misunderstanding of Faith No More – is one of the finest attempts I’ve read on how the band are misrepresented and underappreciated by the mainstream music media and mainstream and indie music fans alike.
Here are some killer extracts but the piece really works as a whole essay:
Epic”, the smash single off 1989’s The Real Thing and a gift that keeps on giving when it comes to mis-representing Faith No More’s legacy. When Mike Patton replaced Chuck Mosley as FNM’s frontman in 1988, he may have just come from waging “fucked-up psychological terrorism” with Mr. Bungle, but “Epic” nevertheless made it easy to dismiss him as a second-rate Anthony Kiedis knockoff (which, apparently, he was still touchy about long after the fact)—and to view the band as unfortunate funk/rap-metal avatars destined for flash-in-the-pan status.
But the potential for creative friction is one of the things that makes the band’s story—and the question of how new album Sol Invictus will hold up as a whole—so intriguing. Patton and Gould recently sat together with Pitchfork to discuss what Patton referred to as their “elder statesmen” status.
When Sol Invictus is out next month, you can expect the usual media voices to reduce Faith No More’s legacy to thumbnail summaries that mention the ’90s zeitgeist. You don’t have to believe them.