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1005, 2015

Faith No More making major chart surge

May 10th, 2015|Faith No More, News|6 Comments

Just over one week ahead of its US and UK release (13 May Japan, and 15 May Australia and Europe remember), Faith No More’s Sol Invictus is just outside the top 20 best-selling albums on Amazon.com.

The album is number 21 on the CD and vinyl music chart  – and #1 in Hard Rock.
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The album is also number 30 in the overall Amazon UK CD chart and #43 in the equivalent Amazon.fr chart. It is also number 1 in the Hard Rock and Metal chart in Amazon France.
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And Sol Invictus is number 32 in Amazon.de CD chart and number 2 in Metal and Hard Rock and number 3 in Alternative and Indie.
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805, 2015

Jon Hudson talks joining Faith No More, his property business and Cone of Shame

May 8th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|0 Comments

As well as that very revealing Premier Guitar interview; Jon Hudson has recently been interviewed in the June edition of Guitar World and in the May/June edition of French magazine Guitare Xtreme.

Here are some of the best bits from the quiet man of Faith No More:

On meeting and then joining Faith No More (Guitar World)

A former bandmate introduced me to them in 1989. Then Bill helped me out with a demo after they did Angel Dust. I got the feeling that things were not working out with Jim. Bill gave me a demo to work on at one point. I worked on several songs and sent them to him, but they ended up working with Trey, which was the right decision.

Bill called Jim me in early 1996 and asked me if I would be interested in joining the band. I didn’t audition. I just jumped in and started working with Bill. I gave him a cassette full of ideas and some of them wound up on Album of the Year, which was really exciting.

On his property business (Premier Guitar)

I worked in property management—I oversaw condominiums for Homeowners Associations in the Bay area. Getting paid to play music is crazy, and to have that be your day job is just incredible. To go from that into management is quite a transition.

When the band split up, I toyed around with having my own band and putting out my own record, but I couldn’t really find the right people to work with at the time. I was also trying to be realistic about it. I just thought, look, I had a great run with the band, but it didn’t pan out, so I switched gears and grew up. Managing a portfolio of properties was probably the most challenging thing I’ve ever done. I’m glad to be playing music again for my day job [laughs].

On returning to Faith No More (Guitar World)

I quit my job because I was tired of it. A few months later, I got word that Faith No More was starting up again. So it was very fortuitous and good timing.

On whether the band works better with him than previous guitarists (Guitare Xtreme)

I’m not sure if it works better with me. I was offered a job, it was a great opportunity so I jumped onto the moving train and I am still here! I can’t really speak in place of the previous guitarists but when the original members of the group worked together for many years, there were fights, tension and ego problems. It is not abnormal that there were distances taken and separations. Jim Martin left Faith No More a long time ago very simply because it wasn’t working out. That’s life. Trey Spruance did a great job for King for a Day…the group had the benefit of this great musician but it didn’t happen. I have no idea why. As for me, I was called, I came and did the job.

On Cone of Shame (Premier Guitar)

What are you using for the beginning of “Cone of Shame,” where it’s just spare drums and a spaghetti-Western guitar line?
That was definitely one of Bill’s plug-ins because I played that part clean with a Fender American Standard Telecaster. I remember I wanted a really bright tone that would really pop out of that sparse arrangement, so I played that Tele on the bridge pickup and we added reverb and delay afterwards. Live, I’ll use an Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail.

On Rise of the Fall (Premier Guitar)

There are lots of clean parts on that song—some are mixed down a little quieter because we wanted them to sit lower in the mix compared to the vocal. I did a lot of work with my Gibson ES-335 for the real, clear precise parts. There were a few different layers on that one. For the melodic break in the vocals, I double-tracked parts with my Les Paul Custom and the Tele.

 

705, 2015

Revising the setlist: Faith No More and the fans have their say

May 7th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News, Tour dates|19 Comments

Our “what song do you want to hear live?” poll attracted lots of interest and discussion and thanks to everyone who took part. the results were pretty conclusive with Jizzlobber topping the poll, closely followed by Kindergarten, Smaller and Smaller, A Small Victory and Crack Hitler.

Poll Results: What song do you want to hear live?

537 Votes were cast. You can still vote here.

01. Jizzlobber 100% of votes
02. Kindergarden 86% of votes
03. Smaller and Smaller 73% of votes
04. A Small Victory 64% of votes
05. Crack Hitler 60% of votes
06. Mouth to Mouth 52% of votes
07. The Last to Know 49% of votes
08. Ugly in the Morning 44% of votes
09. What a Day 41% of votes
10. The Crab Song 37% of votes

What the band say

But we are unlikely to hear any of these choice cuts when Faith No More resume their US tour tonight in Chicago. In a piece of fortuitous timing, the band have been discussing the setlist and some of these songs specifically in that wonderful feature in France’s New Noise magazine.

Here’s what Mike Patton had to say when asked:

Do you not like playing Malpractice, Crack Hitler and Smaller and Smaller?
No, really, I love them but they are difficult to play live. In fact, the ones you mention are really studio creations and that is the case with many songs from Angel Dust; complicated to recreate on stage. Let’s says that we prefer to play our more visceral songs where we can really let go. Playing Malpractice or Smaller and Smaller seems more like a recital. That can be cool but it does not really suit Faith No More.

And here’s Bill Gould:

Are there any old songs that you do not like to play live?
Yes – and that’s shown by the fact that there are some that we never play. Because they are too…boring. Death March from Introduce Yourself for example –  I can’t stand it.

Smaller and Smaller, Mouth to Mouth,  What a Day,  Crack Hitler, Malpractice you never play…
Mouth to Mouth because it is a song which is better in the studio than live, Smaller and Smaller because it is one of the boring songs I was thinking of. It is long, slow and if we played it, people would die of boredom and I would risk falling asleep on stage!

Personally I wouild prefer Smaller and Smaller to I Started a Joke which you play systematically…
It’s my fault. I am the asshole who does not want to play this song (laughs) We are revising the setlist. Some we are tired of playing – Midlife Crisis, We Care a Lot or Epic and there’ s a big discussion between us at the minute. Are we obliged to play these songs? They are songs tailor-made for the stage and people love to hear them but…We will see once the new songs are integrated into the setlist.

The winning song

 

 

705, 2015

Links for a day…(vol. 171): Oakland interview, Penthouse view and more

May 7th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, Links for a day, News, Sol Invictus reviews|0 Comments

Metacritic high score

The reviews have been rolling inf or Sol Invictus and we’ve captured the vast majority of them. leading cultural review aggregator Metacritic has now added Faith No More’s latest to their site and , based on the initial reviews they have compiled, it is sitting pretty with a score of 92.

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Similar site Album of the Year has also listed Sol Invictus and has it scoring high on user reviews and one critic review.

Bill speaks to Oakland Press

Bill Gould took time to speak to local paper Oakland Press about Sol Invictus. And here is some of what he said:

“To be blunt, we are playing great shows and, in our opinion, writing some cool music. But at our age we realize that there will come a point when we will physically become incapable of doing this. In the long term, that is the future. In the short term, we are doing our best to make the most out of the present.”

Penthouse view

So, er, we were perusing penthouse for the articles when we, er, came across this brief article on Faith No More.The Full Frontal section has this to say:
“Back in 2009, Faith No More reunited after a decade-long hiatus to play a few European festivals—which ultimately stretched into a four-year reunion tour. Now the band is back in full force, with a North American tour kicking off this month and a new album, Sol Invictus, right behind it. They dropped the pissed-off single “Motherfucker” late last year, and we’re expecting the rest of the album to be even more epic (sorry, but we just couldn’t resist).”
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Another great French review

French site SWQW has given Sol Invictus the latest rave review from the francophone world. Here are the choice cuts:

“Separation Anxiety is the best example of the astonishing success of the group in making the link between 1995 and 2015. The arrival of the guitar on the pre-chorus gives the impression that Patton is going exclaim, “It’s your last cup of sorrow “, while the low swinging couplets and hysterical vocals make us think of the best of Tomahawk. The group has not lost its fantasy (the melodica of Rise of the Fall, the kitsch From The Dead or the epic Matador), and it without doubt for that reason that it has not crashed. Some incredibly good songs even float and in those moments, ecstasy awaits us: Cone Of Shame, Rise Of The Fall, Separation Anxiety, Superhero … How amazing! Even Billy Gould has  rediscovered that his mammoth bass sound, obese and slamming, and, at a time when absolutely no one is considering for a second to do that. But he jogs Billy, he slaps.

In fact, the reception of this disc may be distorted on one side by jaded preconceptions, which after one and half listens,  say that this album is not as good as its predecessors and this was foreseeable, and on the other, kids who read Inrocks [a French cultural magazine] who speak politely about “incendiary hard rock” in just 140 characters. But you, you, you will listen to this record as it deserves, it being understood that it will not get into your heart at the same level in a week that King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime did in 20 years. But little by little, you will tap your foot, you will meditate on Patton choruses (“Sunny Side Up / Such a lovely way to start the day / Sunny Side up / Not the only way to fry an egg”) and you’ll think twice before griping about reformations.

Sol Invictus is neither embarrassing nor shy, it sounds like Faith No More being Faith No More in 2015 – period. With class, not without violence, in white pants, the hair (gray) slicked back. Different but the same. And Faith No More has released a fantastic album, no need look any further.”

Metal Wania review

Latest review comes from Metal Wania who give 9/10 and state: ” Faith No More should be proud of what they have delivered. It’s weird, flamboyant, creepy, and even motivating.”

605, 2015

New Noise gives Sol Invictus 9.5/10

May 6th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Sol Invictus reviews|0 Comments

Alongside their stunning interviews with Mike Patton, Bill Gould and Roddy Bottum in their latest issue, New Noise also feature an almost poetic review from Olivier Drago, the same journalist who interviewed the band.


Here are some extracts:

Faith No More have absolutely not disappointed with this record, which, as we are accustomed, does not resemble any of its predecessors. It sounds neither like the 80s, like the 90s, 2000s nor 2010s. An album which neither seeks nor rehashes a glorious past nor tries to seize the zeitgeist. In short, the San Francisco quintet have signalled an ideal recording return.”

The review goes on to say that “Sol Invictus is the most homogenous album yet from the group. An album which as soon as one starts listening is very difficult to unhook from. Faith No More have now confirmed anew that they have no equal when it comes to fusing together different genres without sounding like a fusion group.”

And it concludes:

“There is no need to speak of the schizophrenic, theatrical and inhabited delivery of Patton, moving between electrical vocal chords and a velvet throat or neither the inventiveness or strength of the rhythm section. We will conclude stressing the fact that each if these ten songs sound already like timeless classics with tenacious melodies and that Faith No More, with Sol Invictus, retain their title as the the best group in the world. At least.”

The reviewer dropped off half a point because it is “too short”.

605, 2015

Mike Patton gives strongest hint yet of more Faith Mo More albums in French magazine interview

May 6th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News, Sol Invictus reviews|2 Comments

French magazine New Noise has pulled off quite a coup with arguably the best Faith No More interview so far in 2015. The publication devotes 11 pages to the band in its must-buy latest edition, with long interviews with Mike Patton, Bill Gould and Roddy Bottum, a cover and a 9.5/10 album review.

And Mike is especially engaging and talkative in his Q and A with on-form interviewer Olivier Drago. He says: “There will be more, other Faith No More records when I don’t know.”
There interview is a virtual goldmine but here are some of the best bits which I have translated so far. (Thanks to Stevens Drean for sending the mag my way)

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“One evening I passed by Billy’s place and right in the middle of a conversation he told me that he had composed a new track and asked if I wanted to hear it. And there I found that it sounded really good. I had not really expected something so good. I asked him what he wanted to do with it and he replied to me: “It’s for Faith No More, you want to sing on it?” I was a thousand miles from suspecting that. In fact, it was very different from the last time when we had composed together. This time I was not involved from the start, at that time I was working on something else. In the 90s, it was more “Right, it’s time to make a new album”, and we all put it together. We are older, we are different people, open to new ways of working. That’s what’s funny with Faith No More…no that’s what’s great rather, the creative process. That’s what I love, more than the final result even.

You did not participate in composing the tracks, you were content to sing and write some lyrics?
When Billy made me listen to the tracks, they were already well advanced, well structured, but all the same we all worked together on them later. I did not say that I was less involved in the creative process this time but that I approached it from a different angle as I wasn’t present from the start. Suddenly I arrived with a fresh ear. I remember that when we had mixed the album I heard things that the others could not hear as they had been working on it for a longer time. I brought an other perspective.

The only reproach that I could make concerning the album is the length: only 10 tracks in less than 40 minutes. Have you used everything?
Oh no, far from it. We have put aside a nice bunch of tracks! I do not know what we are going to do with them but there are plenty of others…I could not say exactly how many but at least enough to constitute an album. Those that we selected were those that fit the best…

You created a label Reclamation Recordings to release the singles and the album. Why not do that simply with Ipecac? Because it is your label and you wanted a structure which appealed to everyone?
Yes, the group needed a house of its own. For many years, with Ipecac, I had my own house. There, we discussed it all together and this is what seemed better. This label, it’s a start. There will be more, other Faith No More records when I don’t know. In any case, its motivating.

You are telling that there will be other Faith No More albums?
We hope so. But it is hard to say, and the new record has not even been released yet, so let us breathe man (laughs)

 

2304, 2015

Two more glowing reviews for Sol Invictus in France and Austria

April 23rd, 2015|Faith No More, News, Sol Invictus reviews|2 Comments

A leading Austrian newspaper and a French website have both given Faith No More’s new album Sol Invictus rave reviews.

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Faith No More show their old strength on Sol Invictus

The review states that Faith No More have lived up to the promise shown by the singles Motherfucker and Superhero. “Musical diversity is again written in capital letters by Faith No More”.
It adds: “A central theme running through is the unmistakable voice of Patton that stretches through the 10 songs of the strong album. From the threatening, deep whisper on which he opens Sol Invictus to the manic screaming fits at the end of Separation Anxiety or Superhero as far as the almost already hypnotizing speech-singing of the musically brilliantly constructed Motherfucker…”
“Fans of the unusual band will enjoy Sol Invictus with considerable security. But all those whom Faith No More has passed by until now should listen to this new varied work at all costs. Just by attempting to leave restrict itself and stay in one musical drawer, the San Francisco band appeal to the broadest possible audience.”

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Clair & Obscur (France)

French cultural site Clair & Obscur is, if anything, even more emphatic in its praise for the Faith No More comeback album. It awards it 10/10 and declares at the outset: “The wait has not been in vain because Sol Invictus is already brewing as a successful return.”
Here is the review:
“On this highly-anticipated album, Mike Patton continues to scramble the tracks with his voice which is by turns passionate, enraged and panicked. It offers us a panorama of diverse possibilities, enriched over the passing of the years by the many projects and collaborations, always more improbable, of one or the other of the group. Consequently, it creates a world filled with truculent characters. Thus, besides nasal nonchalance force-fed with solemnity and hope (From the Dead), one finds the gravity of a character from a Shakespearean tragedy (Matador). Then we have the torment of a soul gripped in fear (Separation Anxiety) but also the grief drowned in bourbon of a barfly (Cone of Shame) as well as the delusions of a rapper (Motherfucker), all of which challenge us.
“But equally it would be unrealistic to ascribe a vocal style to every song. A track never presents only one type of voice. the charismatic singer/songwriter declining predictability and even more banality. He always seek to surprise us (did they not sing Surprise! You’re Dead in 1989). Rise of the Fall testifies to this as a falsetto is successfully followed by a growl. In light of this versatility, Mike involves his companions in territory both serene (From the Dead whose refrain could almost see the band return to centre stage) and animated (Superhero with its insistent guitars and haunted piano).
“In addition, the demons of American musical heritage seem to permeate the the sonic fabric (a forlorn harmonica here, the folk music of the Appalachians there, a spiritual from the cotton fields further on, or else the original blues). Even if the five Americans want to explore various horizons and unsettle the listener, they nevertheless retain a ferocious appetite for catchy choruses whether in the form of words (Rise of the Fall) or onomatopoeia (Cone of Shame), which will contribute to making the audience actors in their live performances.
“With a new album skilfully dressed with haunted, playful and unbridled moods, we can thus keep faith in Faith No More which has lost nothing in its music that transcends barriers. This is an iconic group which the world of music can continue to count on with a smile. 10/10”

807, 2012

Faith No More at Sonisphere France setlist and videos

July 8th, 2012|Faith No More, News|13 Comments

Setlist via Nessie French Faith No More Facebook page. Merci.

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Setlist

Setlist Amneville:
-WOODPECKER FROM MARS
-DELILAH
-LAND OF SUNSHINE
-CAFFEINE
-EVIDENCE
-DIGGING THE GRAVE
-LAST CUP OF SORROW
*zen meditation snippet*
-SPIRIT
-EPIC
-MIDLIFE CRISIS / MINI MINI C’EST LA VIE (Jacques Dutronc)
-CUCKOO FOR CACA
-ASHES TO ASHES
-JUST A MAN

Encore
-UGLY IN THE MORNING
-EASY
-WHY DO YOU BOTHER / NIGGAS IN PARIS

2606, 2012

Faith No More Europe 2012: Sonisphere France set time

June 26th, 2012|Faith No More, News, Tour dates|2 Comments


An early info piece on this one because I saw a few questions on Facebook and Twitter. Faith No More are on stage at 23.30 CET on Saturday 7 July for this one – just after Marilyn Manson.

1701, 2012

Faith No More to play Sonisphere France?

January 17th, 2012|Faith No More, News|29 Comments

French radio station La Machine Radio is reporting that Faith No More will headline this summer’s Sonisphere France festival.

Faith No More are down to headline alongside Slash and Queen according to the report. The festival takes place on 6, 7 and 8 July in Amneville.

Via Bertrand D

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