INTERVIEWS: Mike Patton speaks to La Tercera and Bill Gould to La Nacion about upcoming tour and future plans
As the band gear up to their live return (Jimmy Kimmel on 3 September, Bumbershoot and Red Rocks on 6 and 8 September, and Central and South America from 15 September), they are back on the promo trail.
First up, Bill Gould has spoken to Costa Rican paper La Nación about the band’s first visit and future plans:
How many times have you come to Costa Rica?
20 times. I have friends who live in Nicoya and have travelled the whole area, and a little San Jose. You have a great country.
What are your plans for after the tour: will you continue as a band or return to personal projects?
We now operate in steps and at the end of each step, we sat down to talk. At the end of tour we will see what we do. There is no right answer, no wrong answer. What we are going to work must have everyone on the same page.
I also loved this from Bill:
How do you feel when a young man approaches them to tell them they were the favorite band of his father? We are hearing of these cases more often. It’s odd, funny, makes me laugh, because we never saw us as a band would be playing in these times: if you look old and I have to be a grandfather, which makes me weird. It’s a good thing we did hear a difference to the people long ago, but what matters to me is that while we’re inspired, we will continue to do so.
And Mike Patton has spoken to Chile’s La Tercera ahead of the band’s return to their spiritual home for the Santiago Gets Louder festival on 27 September.
“Over the years Chile has become a very special place for us, and we hope that this relationship will continue. We are obviously eager to play our new songs there.”
He also spoke about the positive reception for Sol Invictus:
“The mere fact that people still interested in us, after all these years, is encouraging. Well, that the disc has been received so positively was something extra that surprised us. We always hope that people enjoy and can feel inspired or even brought to our music, but we are also very realistic. We know we can not control the reactions and expectations of people, and that music is a subjective and personal experience to the listener. I think, in other words, we can not please everyone!”
And Mike also partly agreed that the band are now more popular than ever:
“I partially agree with that view. While I cannot say that I understand fully why this idea seems to be true. If you force me to give an answer, I think it has to do with nostalgia or some “vintage mystique” that people identify us. Or maybe they were just having the opportunity to see us 20 years ago who knows. To be honest, I’m not sure if people understood our music at the time, or if they do now, but what is more important is whether our songs are capable of transmitting a feeling, an emotion or idea.”
Mike also spoke briefly about his future plans:
“Right now I’m totally dedicated and committed to Faith No More, of course, but that does not mean that you are not working on other adventures. Now I’m involved with a new project called Nevermen group. Our first album will be released later this year. And there are other things out there in the oven too.”