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1808, 2016

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Bill Gould on the energising We Care a Lot re-issue experience

August 18th, 2016|Faith No More, Interviews, News|5 Comments

Faith No More fans have been spoiled over the past decade with the band reforming to tour the world, recording new music with the wonderful Sol Invictus and now re-releasing their under-exposed debut album We Care a Lot with the added bonus of two special concerts with original vocalist Chuck Mosley.

Founding father, bassist and the beating heart of Faith No More Bill Gould is enjoying the experience- and he again took a break form his busy WCAL schedule to answer a few questions from Faith No More 2.0.

Bill Gould in 1982 (c) Joan Osato via Faith No. Man / Faith No More Followers

 

How pleased are you with the final We Care A Lot deluxe band issue?

Very pleased…it sounds good, it looks good, people seem to be approaching it in the right spirit.

This seemed to be a real labour of love for you personally but also the rest of the band. Are you surprised at how energized you have been by rediscovering your past?

Yes, both energized and surprised. On my side, it was great looking back, I had totally forgotten about this period of the band, but it has been gratifying to view this band from a broader perspective.

Is there any possibility of any more band issues in the near future or do you have to wait for a long time to regain control of your own music?

This is the only release, besides Sol Invictus, that the band controls 100%. Unfortunately, I don’t see any of those albums in between reverting back.

The new WCAL sounds amazing. Cleaner and richer without being compressed. Guitars seemingly more urgent but vocal track clearer. How have you managed to improve the tracks while retaining their essence? Can you explain a little the process of remixing the album for the less music production savvy?

Several things:
1) The transfer was done to digital with much better conversion than the original,
2) Matt has had 30 years of experience to refine his mixing skills, and
3) Maor Applebaum, who did the mastering, treated the final result with proper respect and didn’t mess with the general character.

Matt Wallace produced originally and remixed a number of tracks here – how good was it to work with him again and how crucial has he been to capturing Faith No More’s sound?

He was crucial because we grew up together: us as musicians and he as a producer/engineer. So we was really part of our unit. Since Angel Dust we we in different directions but it has been great to reconnect. Working with FNM is more than just a job to him, and I think that shows in the final result.

What track are you most satisfied with on the re-issue?

All of them.

Post-punk and post-punk revival music remains popular (think Parquet Courts, DIIV and more now). This record again shows that FNM were original post-punks. Is it important to you to reclaim your true musical heritage and escape the lazy metal labelling?

Well, its the origin of who we are. I believe original context is everything.

In your now mythical basement, is there any unreleased or unheard of FNM music that could yet see the light of day?

I do have a TON of cassettes…

The re-issue and promotion seems to have brought the band and Chuck even closer. When you told WSJ that“I can see us doing something creatively together.” would that be as a band or you and him?

Who knows?

What can we expect at the two live listening parties this week. What other friends can be expect?

Free admission, WCAL on the sound system.

 

WE CARE A LOT – DELUXE BAND EDITION”  release date is August 19,  now available now for pre-order:

2807, 2016

Bill Gould interview with The Independent

July 28th, 2016|Faith No More, Interviews, News|0 Comments

The now online-only London-based Independent newspaper has a full-length interview with the voice of Faith No More (the non-musical voice of FNM in any case), Bill Gould.

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Here are some choice cuts:

I grew up in LA and started playing bass when I was 12 years old. I was in a band with guys I knew from my Boy Scout troop (laughs) … seriously! We were called The Animated, my Mom would drop me off at their house with my guitar and my little amp. We’d write songs and Chuck was the keyboard player in the neighbourhood, so we’d ask him to jump in and jam on a few songs. I played in that band until I was about 18 before moving up to San Francisco to go to school.

I have stuff in boxes that I haven’t gone through for years and my wife got to a point where she said, ‘We’re living in boxes! You don’t even know what’s down there, can we just dump some of that s**t you have down there!?’ … and that’s when I found the tapes. I was like, ‘Oh my God, what is this?’ I’d found the half inch masters, which were the finished mixes and I found one 24-track reel that had the three songs that Matt Wallace has remixed for this re-issue (We Care A Lot, Pills For Breakfast and As The Worm Turns). I said to him, ‘if you could remix these songs today, what would you do with them?’ and what you hear on the record is the result.’

A lot of people don’t know this side of the band so it’s a cool thing to be able to put out again.’

2607, 2016

Bill Gould interview with Daniel P Carter on We Care a Lot and new music

July 26th, 2016|Faith No More, Interviews, News|1 Comment

Bill Gould spoke to BBC Radio 1 presenter, musician and podcaster Daniel P Carter for the Someone Who Isn’t Me podcast.

(Daniel also did this portrait of Billy:

 

Here is the full 53-minute interview on A Cast

Or via iTunes

1507, 2016

INTERVIEW: Mike Patton with Jehnny Beth on Beats 1

July 15th, 2016|Faith No More, Interviews, News, Other bands|2 Comments

Mike Patton spoke to the another captivating singer in Jehnny Beth from the wonderful Savages on her Start Making Sense Apple Beats 1 show.

Here are some extracts though you have to head over to and presumably sign up for Apple Music to hear the full thing.

This Tumblr site has listed all the music played on the show

Oh and the effortlessly cool, charismatic and beguiling Jehnny might even be basing her most recent look on Mike:

YouknowhatImean??? #mikepatton #menrolemodels

A photo posted by Jehnny Beth – SAVAGES (@jehnnybeth) on

2112, 2015

INTERVIEW: Roddy Bottum looks back on 2015 with The Skinny

December 21st, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|0 Comments

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Scotland’s leading music website The Skinny have always given Faith No More the coverage they deserve and this year was no exception. Fittingly then, they have just published an extensive interview with Roddy Bottum in celebration of Sol Invictus being number 11 in their albums of the year list  – and looking back on the year of the album’s release.

First of all, Roddy spoke at length publicly for the first time about his recent appearance on stage with Dinosaur Jr:

“Could you imagine?” He gasps like a man who just struck one off the bucket list. “The show was on J’s birthday – the last night of their six night residency at Bowery Ballroom. I played guitar on Start Choppin’ – pretty fun! There were a lot of guests that night – Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo played, Evan Dando came out onstage and sang, Kurt Vile, the dude from Negative Approach – a lot! It’s rare when a horrible guitar player like me can get onstage with J Mascis and play.”

He again recounted the album’s genesis and agreed that Bill Gould was the driving force:

“Billy wears those pants for sure. That’s the sort of person he is; he drives things forward in our band and kinda always has. When we started doing stuff again we were in different cities – I was in Los Angeles at the time, and just the prospect seemed a little crazy. It’s not that I didn’t believe in it, but I wasn’t paying a lot of attention to it. I was working on some projects, as was Mike Patton, but Billy and Mike [Bordin] really started to get into the rhythm and groove of it. Billy eventually presented it all to us and it took a while for us all to get involved, but these things happen for a reason. Honestly, that’s the way it happened back in the day. Billy was always the champion, nudging us onwards; he’s just a very motivated guy. Sol Invictus followed the course that the records of our past followed. In that way it was fitting too.”

And Roddy makes a fresh point about Mike Patton’s lyrics on this record:

“With Mike in his lyrics, and I think this is also true of the band musically… things start to evolve into a personal statement by the end of the day. I think Mike, particularly on our earlier records, would revert to taking on roles of other people and characters and not really speaking in his voice. Which is effective; that’s one process. But this record in particular took on some personal themes – that’s what’s going on, it’s about ownership, coming into our own and a resolution where we’re taking back what’s ours. It sounds selfish when I say it out loud but it’s taking artistic ownership too.”

But he makes no promises about the band’s next steps:

 

2509, 2015

TV INTERVIEW: Faith No More on The Noite on Brazilian TV

September 25th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|3 Comments

Faith No More were speaking and not just musical guests on leading Brazilian chat show The Noite com Danilo Gentili on Wednesday.

Watch the full interview here:

A short text summary here from UOL

408, 2015

INTERVIEW: Bill Gould speaks to Kreative Kontrol on audioboom

August 4th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|0 Comments

(via Faith No More Blog)

Bill Gould has spoken to Kreative Kontrol on audioboom about San Francisco, the reunion, Sol Invictus and about being a better band. Check the full interview here from about 6 minutes in:

3007, 2015

Roddy Bottum praises fans for championing band pushing boundaries

July 30th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|1 Comment

Roddy Bottum features in a Q and A from the Washington Times and the Faith No More keyboardist and composer is as eloquent as ever.

Here are some highlights:

Q: How much of “Sol Invictus” are you playing live?

A: It kind of varies, but maybe five or six songs. I think we have a really interesting fan base. The nature of being a band with history is fans want to hear the old songs. But to our fans’ credit, I think they really come to champion us and watch us pushing boundaries.

Q: And you dated her [Courtney Love] before you came out?

A: Correct. Yeah. We just had a very intense relationship. She is still my best friend.

107, 2015

Bill Gould on future of rock and more in Finnish TV interview

July 1st, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|1 Comment

This is one of the better interviews in the past few months as Billy Gould speaks to Finland’s KaaosTV

3006, 2015

INTERVIIEW: Roddy Bottum speaks to Clash magazine – plus a bonus unreleased Patton interview

June 30th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|2 Comments

The Clash magazine interview with Roddy Bottum has finally been published and its an excellent read, with the Faith No More keyboardist in excellent form.

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He speaks about Billy Gould’s role in making Sol Invictus happen:

“He’s always taken the lead; he’s very go-get-em, very enterprising, push ahead, forge ahead kinda guy. The rest of us are a little slower. I mean, he produced, mixed and wrote a large part of what we’re releasing.”

About the music.making process:

“I think it’s like extremes. Extreme highs and extreme lows. Intensity and release. When we think about our music we think about it more in terms of that, as opposed to the confusing process but I think as a result it does confuse people.”

And he confirms what we thought about Motherfucker.

“Whereas before when we were making music, releasing music before there were always big companies involved, big record companies. That song is about the accountability of that. Who is accountable for what we do, for the release and presentation of what we do. And yeah, exactly at this point it’s only us – we started our own record company and we’re doing things strictly on our terms. The people who are accountable are the five of us and it’s a pretty good place to be.”

The magazine has also disinterred an old interview with Mike Patton from 2010 that was never published, written by friend of the site Ben Hopkins.

Here are some highlights:

“The only TV I watch is stuff from the Sixties. But I love Planet Earth. I’ve developed a real crush on David Attenborough. It’s hard to go to sleep without hearing his voice.”

“I’ve been on a French crime spree. Jean-Pierre Melville I’ve been really into lately; Le deuxième soufflé, Red Circle is amazing, Army of Shadows is incredible. Most of these have Lena Ventura in who was an amazing actor.”

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