1305, 2016

Faith No More French Community interview with Bill Gould

May 13th, 2016|Faith No More, News|5 Comments

The always au courant French Faith No More Community has came up trumps again with an excellent interview with Faith No More’s resident gallophile Bill Gould.

Read the full interview in English here.

French fans are lucky, FNM played three times in our country since the reunion. But unlike the 1995 and 1997 tours, when you only played headlining and outdoor shows in France, you mainly played festivals. Actually, since 2009, 80% of your European shows took place in festivals. Was an headlining European tour a consideration ? Could it be possible in the future ?
BILLY : Yes, it was always a consideration. This was very difficult for me personally, not an easy decision. The fact is that we all made a conscious choice together to try to limit our tours to 3-4 weeks each…there was always the option to do more, but looking back on how much we toured in the past, and the destructive effect it had on us, we had to make practical decisions. I would love to think we could do a headlining European tour in the future, because fans definitely deserve it, but also because these shows tend to be much more fun.

Bravo Stevens et Antoine (et Nessie et Bertrand)

2406, 2015

Links for a day 182: Hamburg reviews, Berlin TV, London reviews, French site

June 24th, 2015|Faith No More, Links for a day, News|1 Comment

Hamburg reviews

Hamburg’s two main newspapers carry reviews of Faith No More’s show at the Sporthalle last night.
Both are overwhelmingly positive.
Hamburger Morgenposten
Hamburger Abendblatt

Hamburg poster

Via Secret Serpents, this is the wonderful Robert Bowen poster from last night’s Hamburg show.

Faith No More on ARTE

Just an update on when we can expect this to air. Scottish band Texas played a Berlin Live show on 18 May and it will be broadcast on 26 June so we may need to wait 5 weeks to see this show in all its glory. I expect Rise of the Fall and a lot of Sol Invictus to again be played.

Faith No More French Community new website

The vibrant and vachement cool Faith No More French Community have long been a source of FNM news, videos, setlists and graphics on Facebook and now Bertrand, Nessie, Stevens, Antoine et al have a new website too.
And, as you would expect, it looks stunning. Check it out for the visuals and videos alone.

The Times give glowing London review

The Times should really have had reviewer James Jackson also review the album as he has given one of the band’s Roundhouse shows a rave write-up and a 4/5 score.
He says:

“Sounding at times like a tiger in pain, the 47-year-old singer has lost none of his operatic, multi-octave vocal power, even if his physical antics are less frenzied these days (I rather miss the crazed somersaults). Among the five, malevolent new tracks aired, Separation Anxiety built a fearsome head of steam, while the pulverising Superhero was greeted like an old favourite, as multi-coloured lights strafed the stage, souping up the Roundhouse’s antiseptic atmosphere.”

Metal Hammer give 10/10 review

Metal Hammer also loved the show and give a 10/10 review stating:

“Both the weathered bombast of Matador and the spiky, evil funk of Superhero are greeted like classics. Not only that, but the approach of Faith No More is still as confrontational as ever. Singer Mike Patton, as dry and sarcastic a frontman as you’ll ever see, goads the crowd throughout and the band veer from the swinging slide guitar of Evidence to the speed metal roar of Digging The Grave as if it’s the most natural thing in the world rather than the dizzying head fuck that it actually is.”

They also have a nice gallery from the show:

Faith No More history in Exclaim!

The Canadian music site Exclaim has put together one of the best band history articles we have read.

Spectrum Culture re-issues review

Mike Randall from Spectrum Culture has written a labour of love review of the Angel Dust and The Real Thing re-issues.

Evergig Roundhouse video

Evewrgig have updated with a selection of new Faith No More multicam Faith No More videos. Check out London Roundhouse from the 18 June:

2206, 2015

VIDEO: Faith No More at Hellfest full show pro-shot

June 22nd, 2015|Faith No More, News, Video vault|8 Comments

The ultimate Faith No More video site FNM4ever has of course got the full Faith No More at Hellfest show up on YouTube.

Check it there and below:

Fnm4ever Blog:
Youtube (Channel 1)

You can also watch via French/German broadcaster ARTE

2006, 2015

Faith No More at Hellfest setlist and photos

June 20th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Tour dates|5 Comments

Faith No More headlined the main stage at Hellfest in France on Saturday night as their European tour continued.
The band were in sparkling form and treated the enthusiastic crowd to six cuts from Sol Invictus, though Sunny Side Up was again not played meaning that the next single has not been played in the last 11 shows since it was performed in Milan on 2 June.

Orange is the new White

The band renamed the festival Heavenfest and Mike Patton spent the second half of the show clad in an oversized orange t-shirt after swapping shirts with a security guard during Easy.

The tour continues at the Graspop festival in Belgium on Sunday.

Be Aggressive
Black Friday
Everything’s Ruined
Midlife Crisis
Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Separation Anxiety
Cuckoo for Caca
Ashes to Ashes

Cone of Shame
We Care a Lot
This Guy’s in Love with You

406, 2015

EXPERT INTERVIEW #3: Jeremy Allen (The Quietus, NME, The Guardian)

June 4th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News, Sol Invictus reviews|1 Comment

Freelance music writer Jeremy Allen is our latest (and may be last) expert interviewee. The UK-born and Paris-based freelancer has written for The Quietus, NME, The Guardian and is a Serge Gainsbourg fanatic. He has written two recent features on Faith No More: a The Quietus tribute on the 20th anniversary of King for a Day… and a 10 of the Best feature for The Guardian.

1/ You wrote that Sol Invictus was at least 300 times you expected. Care to expand on that?

I did say that didn’t I? I was really nervous it was going to be shit, but the fact Billy Gould had mentioned Roxy Music as an influence in an interview gave me hope. When I finally heard the record, I’m glad to say that I didn’t just feel relief, I was actually overcome with excitement. I don’t think many bands have managed the trick of returning and recording something worthy of their oeuvre, but I think FNM have thankfully. It doesn’t sound much like Roxy Music though.

2/ Does it come off as the democratic affair that AOTY wasn’t?

I think more so, yes. Album of the Year just sounds so half arsed to me. The clue I think might be in the fact that this time they’ve credited all songs to Faith No More… I’m not sure if they’ve done that before. You can tell there’s a lot of enthusiasm within the band, and they actually appear ostensibly at least to like each other now, which is a by-product of age more than anything. It’s interesting though that Mike Patton has done hardly any press for it – which makes you think the main musical thrust might be coming from the rhythm section. That might be idle speculation though. I’ve interviewed Patton a couple of times and both times FNM was off the menu. It seems even when he’s in Faith No More, he doesn’t like talking about Faith No More. Perhaps FNM is his personal Fight Club.

3/ There is a lot of variety in Sol Invictus but it doesn’t appear as schizoid as KFAD to use your words…

Did I use the word schizoid? Blimey. I don’t think it is, no. In 1995 when they brought out King For A Day they were full of ideas and they had a lot to prove with Big Jim having made his exit to Pumpkinland. I think here they were getting back on the horse – not heroin, I mean the metaphorical horse. Where a band has returned and made a decent record – and I’ll use Suede as an example – it’s somehow because they’ve managed to distill a little bit of everything that makes them Suede into that record, and you suspect the next one will be a lot more expansive. The new Faith No More record is a very Faith No More record – which is what they needed to do – and I don’t think it takes risks like KFAD did. You have to remember that when bands come back together to record, it must be going through their heads fifty-fold that they might be taking a giant dump on their legacy. You can see why bands are so tentative about it. Anyway, this one is very solid. I hope they make another one.

4/ Do you hear any Introduce Yourself echoes in Sol Invictus?

Not really. Introduce Yourself is probably my favourite Faith No More record, but coming from the perspective of 30 years on (during the 90’s it was Angel Dust). Introduce Yourself is a lot more poppy and new wavy than anything else they’ve done, which makes it sound very contemporary, and I guess there’s that lightness of touch here and there on the new record, but nothing about it reminds me of IY to be honest. Also, Chuck Moseley’s voice is so distinctive (as is Patton’s) so that makes it harder to draw sonic comparisons.

5/ You said that IY and KAFD sounded of their time. What about SI?

That’s hard to say. You’d probably need some distance from it to make that judgement. It’s certainly not anachronistic, but given how influential Faith No More have been, they’ve earned the right to sound like themselves. I certainly didn’t turn it on and think “fuck, it’s the early 90’s all over again”.

6/ Are FNM still relevant/where is their place in modern music/rock?

They’ve been massively influential for good and bad. People often blame Nu Metal on them, ergo Limp Bizkit and Korn, but I think it’s time to stop doing that. Limp Bizkit could have just as easily been influenced by a lot of nefarious bullshit, glam metal, Extreme, aspirational mainstream hip hop… to blame it on Faith No More is a red herring I think. Faith No More were always artful, brave, funny, intelligent, deliberately obtuse at times… I like the strength of character that comes through their records and I can hear it in others, though I don’t have the time to name names particularly… If the character was a real person then that person wouldn’t be a whiney fucker or an arrogant dickhead, it’d be someone you’d probably like to hang out with and take drugs with. I think they’re still wholly relevant in modern music, although I don’t think anyone’s really doing any drugs now.

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

1805, 2015

SOL INVICTUS REVIEW: France’s most-read paper gives Faith No More rave review

May 18th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Sol Invictus reviews|0 Comments

Just as I’d published my francophone round-up. here comes a new review from France’s most widely-read daily newspaper Ouest-France – and it’s another corker.

Under the headline of the “Epic return of the unclassifiable”, the review states:

“He [Patton] can be crooner or crier, suave or hysterical, he has the talent intact. Mike Patton, slick singer and his band Faith No More, have made the return we did not dare hope for. 18 years separate Album Of The Year – an arid disk delivered by musicians out of breath – and Sol Invictus. Look no further: the real return of rock, dripping with talent and creative fantasy, is here. 40 minutes flat.

“It is this magic found in Sol Invictus, with a relief and quality worthy of Angel Dust and King For A Day, their two treasures. “With any luck, it does not sound like a meeting of old fiftysomethings… which is what we are”,” laughs keyboardist Roddy Botum in an interview with Rolling Stone. The break was a salvation. The return is full of hope.”

1805, 2015


May 18th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Sol Invictus reviews|0 Comments

Reviews of Faith No More’s Sol Invictus have been almost universally positive in France, where reviews have mostly been in the specialist music and rock music press.
Here are our translations of some of the best of them:

Rock Hard

“The album is a return to basics. Sol Invictus could have appeared just before The Real Thing. We find here all the ingredients of the FNM recipe but the slow cooking allows us to find their true taste and the sauce does not puke everywhere.
Each song summarises an era of the band: Superhero and Black Friday bring us back to The Real Thing; Sunny Side Up carries the fingerprints of King for a Day, Separation Anxiety those of Album of the Year whereas Cone of Shame teleports us back to Angel Dust. As for Matador, it sums u the history of the group for itself. The total absence of an earworm can give Sol Invictus an austere appearance at first, but very quickly the diabolic science of the group has you humming non-stop at the essential melodies of Mike Patton at the top of his game and which insinuate into your sub-conscious. Forty little minutes of big music after 18 years of waiting: Faith No More have once more proved that they are rare and precious and more than ever the free spirit of very sure artistic choices. The leader of men.”



Rock and Folk

“It is quite magisterial and quite familiar. Fans can breathe and the others will appear validated and cry impossible kitsch. Too bad for them. On Sunny Side Up we swear that Patton sings these words “I’ll be your leprechaun” but nothing is less sure. No big deal, he advances always as a feline pervert: mischievous, seductive and deadly. The chorus is especially for stadiums and clubs. This is the power that this group has, which makes it so important, so different. Rise of the Fall is a walk from which we may never return and we don’t care. Motherfucker and its sardonic minimalism brings some required calm sure of its strength. Matador is a symphony which imploded. Lawrence of Arabia exploring the galaxy in a bathing suit. It is incredible. It is produced by Bill Gould, the ever-present, chubby bassist [sorry Bill! – admin]. Finally, a certainty, San Francisco is lucky.”



Hard Force

“Sol Invictus”. Insert CD, , play. The jaw drops. Neurons disconnect. Time stands still. An angel passes. A fly too. “Sol Invictus” is not the album that was expected. But what was expected? “Angel Dust,” “King For a Day …” or “Album Of The Year” are no more. If after 18 years the group kept its force, that is what surprises. Appeased, FAITH NO MORE remind us in ten tracks of everything they are not, and oh how those who claim their inheritance for many years have gone astray. The voice of Patton so emblematic is not the group’s pivot. FAITH NO MORE is definitely the band of Gould, founder member with Bordin and Bottum, who once again carried this new work at arm’s length.

“…40 small minutes during which the five musician survivors of Album Of The Year do does as is in their head, far away from fashion, etiquette and norms. The album opening with a quiet song and ending with a ballad of folk 60s sounds? And then! Only two songs are completely edgy (Superhero and Separation Anxiety), which however never approach a Caffeine or Ugly In The Morning. And then! The Motherfucker single is like nothing ?? AND THEN !!! Sunny Side Up is a small heady trifle, Cone Of Shame, Rise Of The Fall and Black Friday offer three daring versions of the same chaotic pattern that in many respects reminds at the margins of Patton with Tomahawk. “Matador”, meanwhile, is a little gem that summarizes the versatility, power and violence of these inimitable Californians. And that’s it. Too little after 18 years, certainly, but the essentials are there. With each play Sol Invictus reveals itself to be powerfully addictive and insidiously essential and brings together all the qualities to earn a prime place in the group’s discography.”

Core and Co

A very personally (and difficult top translate) review from Core and Co who give the album 8/10.

“Sol Invictus is super cam! So without even reading the rest of the article, you lazy bunch, you can sink to obtain this new delivery from Pattonland without fear of placing your savings in a lost cause. Still, careful to not be too hard on the noggin: we must learn to be patient and wait the necessary time before this opus deigns to deliver its full aroma. It gradually – but relentlessly – digs its way to our little rocker heart.”

Sleaze this City

Another detailed review and a 9/10 score from Sleaze this City which argues throughout that the album requires repeat listens and offers food for years for fans. They say:

“More than ever this album requires a great intellectual effort to learn all its contours and believe me, even after 5-6 listens, I am far from appreciating one-quarter of it. But if you were, and are always, a fan of FAITH NO MORE “easy listening” (although I do not see how it is possible to skim their music), this album is likely to make you fade and flee.”



1405, 2015

Faith No More Sol Invictus now number 7 in chart

May 14th, 2015|Faith No More, News|5 Comments

Maybe it was the Tonight with Jimmy Fallon bounce or the impending arrival of the album, but Faith No More’s Sol Invictus is now at a peak number 7 in the music chart.

Put it this way, the album is selling more than Taylor Swift and Mumford and Sons’s godawful effort even thought it has not been released yet. 2015-05-14 13-59-40


The album is #5 in Germany, number 15 in the UK chart and #9 in France.

On iTunes, the album is also making an impact and number 25 in Australia.


#4 Hungary
#6 Chile
#8 Finland
#20 Norway
#25 Australia
#29 New Zealand
#30 Sweden
#46 Russia
#54 Belgium
#63 Netherlands
#65 Italy
#65 Switzerland
#66 Belarus
#71 Denmark
#72 Brazil
#75 Germany
#84 Slovakia
#94 Austria
#108 Bulgaria
#110 Canada
#114 Poland
#121 United States
#140 Estonia
#161 Czech Republic
#189 France

1205, 2015

Mike Patton speaks about leftover songs and lyrics to Rock Hard France

May 12th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|2 Comments

Mike Patton was again in loquacious and entertaining form as he spoke to French magazine Rock Hard in a revealing interview in their May issue which is now on sale.

Buy Rock Hard here

Mike spoke about songs left over from the Sol Invictus sessions and the length of the album:

“There are a lot of leftover songs to be reused but I do not find the album short on my part. 40 minutes is great. Three of our albums are almost an hour and that was a mistake on our part as we did not want to re-edit them at the end. I love short albums. I remember being completely blown away by Reign in Blood by Slayer which I could put on the side of one C60 cassette. That was cool. I copied it onto two sides and my Walkman turned the loop: when the album finished there was barely one minute blank and then with the autoreverse function the album restarted on the other side…Going back to our album, we made sure to offer a coherent collection of songs and I don’t think that if it had been longer, it would have been better.”

And about his approach to lyrics:

Q: Despite my requests to your French press attaché I could not obtain the lyrics of the album because apparently you do not like to circulate them.
That’s exactly right. All because I don’t like talking about my lyrics because I like people to appropriate them and interpret them in their own way. It is this mystery which is amusing. A lot of groups dissect their lyrics in interviews; I find that a pity. Because if you say too much there is less thinking on the part of the listener. A record, for me, must remain an adventure. You put it in your player and you go and discover it like you walked for the first time in in a forest or visited a new adventure park. That is why am very protective of my lyrics. It is not that important that some of our fans are not Anglophones and and don’t understand anything that I sing; I prefer that they imagine them. When you buy a paintintg to put on your wall, I does not come with a note explaining what signifies this or that colour. It’s exactly the same which whatever piece of art.

Q: I was not looking to have an explanation of the lyrics: I am asking just if the lyrics are autobiographical or it they are rather considered little fictions?
The second option! I like creating fictional characters and trying to appropriate their psychology. None of the songs have a relation between them: for me a record is more a succession of scenes in which I will use this or that trick to achieve the desired outcome. They are little films. To be totally frank, I do not know exactly myself what some of my lyrics say because I try before anything else to follow the music. When I discover a new song, I imagine the sounds and the notes on top. Only then do I try to find the words which come the closest as possible to what I have heard in my head. It is almost a serial approach to writing. It’s bizarre (laughs)

There is a lot more from Mike and a great interview with Roddy as well in the six-page feature. Roddy also had this to say about extra material:

“For Sol Invictus we worked really hard; I don’t know if it was the excitement of working together again but we wrote 25 or 30 songs. We took our time. Then once this material was raked in, Mike chose which tracks he wanted to sing and thus was born the definite track-listing of the album.”

There is also a 9/10 review which we’ll add with two other French reviews later.
Both Rock Hard and New Noise also feature a full-page back-page ad for Sol Invictus.

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