BG in BG
Bill Gould’s latest interview is with the Boston Globe and he has once more found something new to say and he has some good life advice here:
“We could just make music like people. There are these rules — ‘This is how you have to do it.’ ‘You’re getting back together; you have to make an album to capitalize on your tour.’ There are a lot of things that people have to do that I don’t think you actually have to do. I think what you have to do is remember that you’re doing this because you like to make music, and not for the payoff, or for the business side of things. I think if we looked at it [the latter] way, we wouldn’t have made the record that we made.”
The Globe also has a good take on the album:
“That record, which comes out in the US on May 18, is hard to describe without getting self-referential. Faith No More’s rearranging of musical ideas is clearly the product of its members’ minds working together in idiosyncratic ways, and “Sol Invictus” continues down that path, from the way “Sunny Side Up” melds together Patton’s ceiling-scraping yawp and Jon Hudson’s hip-shaking funk guitar to the charging drums, glittering keyboards (played by Roddy Bottum), and backing bellows of “Superhero.” It’s not the type of “reunion record” that tries to retrace steps previously trod by the band; it’s more of a reclamation of space.”
We reported on stories in Chile that Faith No More would be playing a festival there in September and now a screebgrab of a festival lineup has surfaced online.
— Luis Jaqui (@MutanRashen) May 7, 2015
The Hopscotch Friday site has a very well-written review of Sol Invictus though they come right out and say whether the record is any good:
Clocking in at a feral forty minutes, Sol Invictus is the statelier offspring of the mad cabaret of 1993’s seminal opus Angel Dust, a frenetic, splenetic slab of surging hardcore nervous breakdowns, hair pin swings into signature baroque operatic interludes. Characterised by Gould (who also assumes production duties) as worshiping at the three altars of The Cramps, Link Wray and Siouxsie and the Banshees, these ten tracks are a brooding collection of creaking horror flick atmospherics, spaghetti western swagger, trademark menacing lullaby sing-song, swingin’ bossa nova, and anxiety attack prone vocal dummy spit meltdowns.
No, the reviewer really did like it and it shows in that passionate writing:
— Her Infernal Majesty (@platinumdepot) May 7, 2015
Bill speaks to Italian Mono magazine
Bill Gould – him again – gives another very in-depth and very interesting interview with Italy’s Mono music magazine. He laments the state of “alternative music”:
“What seemed like a revolution [the 1990s explosion of alternative rock] and instead has not changed much. It was an illusion to think that music would open, would become less pretentious, more personal and human. There was a different energy, more honest, but that did not last long. Then it became all calculated, stereotyped. Even the underground bands have become predictable.”
He was also asked what fans can expect when Faith No More play with Metallica in Milan on 2 June (we’ll be there!):
“We will play dressed as priests and there will be a nun who will striptease and pole dance.” And Metallica? “Lars will play the part of a nun.”