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1506, 2015

FOUR new Faith No More interviews

June 15th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News, Tour dates|2 Comments

Faith No More were busy boys at Download last weekend. As well as acquainting the audience with the finer points of 1970s soul and coming to the aid of stricken festivalgoers, the band were interviewed by Metal Hammer, Planet Rock and the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show.

Metal Hammer

Roddy Bottum spoke to Metal Hammer:

Planet Rock

Mike Bordin spoke to Planet Rock

BBC Radio 1 Rock Show

Billy Gould and Mike Patton spoke to BBC Radio 1 Rock Show. Listen here from 2:00 onwards

3 News New Zealand

And here is one unrelated from New Zealand

2605, 2015

INTERVIEW: Faith No More debate new music in wonderful Metal Hammer feature

May 26th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|1 Comment

The article matches the cover. The Faith No More interview in the July issue of Metal Hammer effectively serves as a guide to the band past, present and future.

Writer Dave Everley makes the claim that FNM are “the most influential band of the past 25 years (give or take Nirvana)” and asks the $64,000 question regarding new music at the end of the wonderful piece.

Mike Patton replies: “Look, what drives this whole goddam thing is the music. If there’s more music, which there is, if it comes together in the right way, at the right time, and we all feel good about it then fine.”

Bill Gould answers: “There’s some great ideas that we have that could be really cool to flesh out. I think that everybody is into it, so it’d be a great thing.”

Mike Bordin: “Does Faith No More have a life after this album?. How the fuck do I know.”

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GET Metal Hammer here

 

2505, 2015

Mike Patton: “I’m like a carpenter”

May 25th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|1 Comment

For some Faith No More fans and a lot of Patton fanboys and girls, Mike Patton is God but he’s actually more like Jesus – a humble carpenter.

Patton and Bill Gould and Mike Bordin spoke to the Associated Press in a wide-ranging interview now widely syndicated today.

Patton said:

“All I do is try and fit into whatever, and this could be Faith No More or any other thing that I’ve done. “Hey, what’s needed?” I’m like a carpenter. I see my job as that. You need some spackle? You need some venetian plaster? Do you need some help with the roof? That’s really the only way I see it. I don’t think I did anything spectacular on this record. It was what was needed.”

Elsewhere, he also spoke about the band’s future:

“”An old man only looks to the next day,” the 47-year-old Patton said. “We’re old men. “So what you do is, you look to the next day or the next plan, and, honestly, we don’t have a plan after this tour or this record.”

2305, 2015

INTERVIEW: Bill Gould speaks reunion and Sol Invictus in Radio New Zealand interview

May 23rd, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|14 Comments

Two Kiwi posts in a row! Public broadcaster Radio New Zealand today featured an almost 10-minute interview as Faith No More’s Bill Gould speaks to Sam Wicks. It is definitely one of the better interviews of the 100s that we have read and heard in the past few weeks.

Listen below.

2205, 2015

INTERVIEW: Jon Hudson speaks about new chapter to Rolling Stone India

May 22nd, 2015|Faith No More, News|0 Comments

There are few places that the tentacles of Faith No More’s Sol Invictus promo push has not reached and here is the first interview we’ve found from India as Jon Hudson speaks to the Indian edition of Rolling Stone.

He re-iterates how far he was removed from music in his real-estate job during the lengthy Faith No More hiatus:

““It required some creativity, but certainly not difficult at all. It felt like music was so far removed from me at that point of my life. I wasn’t even playing, but I was too busy to worry about it. I basically wasn’t playing anything at all. I’d pick up a guitar once in a while.”

And he sums up the music of the new record:

“Sonically, he says there’s more twisted metal at play. Says Hudson, “It’s certainly has elements on the heavier side that most people tend to call metal, but there’s more than that. There are elements of rock, but also elements that people associate with this band. I wouldn’t say it’s a radical departure. It’s another chapter, you know? It’s not going to sound like the other albums – people might really like that and there will be some people who might not. We’re not worried about that at all.”

1605, 2015

Faith No More LA Times interview

May 16th, 2015|Daily digest, Faith No More, Interviews, News|0 Comments

The Los Angeles Times have published an extensive feature on Faith No More’s recording return. It is obviously written as a primer for the uninated but tells the tale well. 

 
Here’s a snippet:

For a group of self-styled misfits, then, what does it mean to no longer look like rebels?

“It means we’re just us now,” said bassist Bill Gould. “And that’s a good thing. It means we can do anything we want.”
These days, Patton added, “We don’t have to think about being different anymore. Wherever inspiration leads us, that’s OK.

1205, 2015

CANCELLED: Faith No More on Huff Post Live

May 12th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|0 Comments

UPDATE: Looks like this has been cancelled at the last minute

 

It was scheduled to happen but got pulled about 10 minutes before airing:
screenshot-live.huffingtonpost.com 2015-05-12 22-26-07

Original post

Faith No More will be guests on Huff Post Live today at 1627 Eastern time.

Here’s the deep link and you should be able to watch below

The band will be discussing the imminent release of Sol Invictus and their comeback. Here’s what Huff Post say:
“With their first album in nearly 20 years, Faith No More have not just reunited, but reignited. The full band joins HuffPost Live to discuss their new album ‘Sol Invictus,’ the process of getting back together, and the future of alternative metal.”

505, 2015

Roddy Bottum talks sex, S & M and Sol invictus in Noisey interview

May 5th, 2015|Faith No More, News|0 Comments

Another Sol Invictus promotional interview but something completely different. Faith No More founder Roddy Bottum spoke to Noisey Mexico and gave one of the candid interviews from any rock star/musician you are ever likely to read.

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Kudos to Roddy for his openness and to the interviewee for asking something different. And the interview includes the quote of the year:

“I play keyboards in Faith No More and have always believed that an instrument is very, very gay. You must yourself, to make a certain balance with the legs and the only thing that you have more or less free is the torso, then you contort yourself in a very theatrical form.”

 

505, 2015

New Bill Gould interview on Wikimetal

May 5th, 2015|Faith No More, News|0 Comments

Faith No More have no done more interviews this year than all the UK party leaders put together and the latest comes from Brazil with Bill Gould giving an audio interview to Wikimetal.

Here the full programme below.

wikimetal
Bill speaks about playing Brazil, his love for the country, the early days of Faith No More, his bass heroes including Lemmy and Peter Hook, Land of Sunshine, Justin Bieber and recording the new album.

 

405, 2015

Faith No More interview with Spain’s RockZone magazine – translated

May 4th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Other bands|1 Comment

We have become almost habituated to Faith No More interviews in recent weeks but Barcelona-based free magazine RockZone has come up with a brilliant angle in their interview with Bill Gould. They arranged for David Gonzalez from Basque punk trio Berri Txarrak to interview his fellow bass player.
We reproduce the full interview here from the free publication but would strongly urge you to download it too to help support the publication.

The standout quote from Bill for me is.

“We have some other very good ideas, I think. I hope someday they will convert into Faith No More music.”

Read the full magazine here.

David Gonzalez

Translation is by our very good friend Pablo Fernandez.

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First of all some nuggets from the introduction from David: “Billy Gould was one of the reasons why I’m in the music business. The first time I listened to FNM I had my head blown off. The solid rhythm section, this voice and the way to create basslines changed my life forever. FNM are one of these bands ahead of his time, misunderstood at his time (luckily this is over) part because of their eclecticism and capacity to develop themselves amazingly in any musical style. If there’s something pretty hard FOR a band, it is to develop its own sound and trademarks that differentiate it from the rest, that make you identifiable at any instance. That and other virtues are precisely those that makes FNM so unique.”

Hey Bill, how are you? First of all, I’d like to thanks for and congratulate you on the new record.

Hey David. Well, thanks. We’re very happy, we just started the tour and we’re very thrilled with the new album.

Since I’m not a journalist, I’ll take the opportunity. I know that you were never that much into being interviewed and promotion. How is your relationship now with the press? How is the reception to the album?

It is very interesting. I think that the reaction from the press has been very good. I don’t know what we were expecting because this record, without being a FNM record, is very different from the previous ones. We used to make records that people didn’t understand and the response for this one has been very positive and a nice surprise. We presumed that the record will appeal to a certain group of fans.

How was the writing and recording process of Sol Invictus?

The whole priocess took a couple of years. We started writing little by little. First we made one song, than another…Without thinking of an album, really. We had a lot of ideas, but it was about to reach a point where everyone is ready/keen to make a record. And this took a while. Since we decided to make the album, the next step was to not say anything about it. We thought “let’s start to work and see what we got”. There were no expectations; we didn’t have any obligation to make an album. We just put ourselves to write music. As soon as we were in the rehearsal place I started to assemble some mics I had around there, in a casual way. And everything was pretty human, we were just the original members and no one else. It was brilliant.

You’re the main FNM writer/composer. Where and how does a song come to you?

It’s like a big puzzle. For me, making music is like architecture and all the pieces have to fit together. Like a big machine. There’s a little of everything. Sometimes we just jam and other times we worked with ideas that we brought from home. For this record, the process wasn’t so different from the others. At the end, what it matters is to write a song. It is like to fight a war: you use everything you have. If you have previously some ideas, brilliant if it comes from some jamming, brilliant too. You can use anything because at the end what matters is how good the song is.

One of your most notable characteristic is the rhythm section that you make with Mike Bordin. Do you write the bass first, for instance?

In some of the songs yes but not at all. The rhythm section is the skeleton of a song and it always was an important part of FNM because if you think about it, I’ve played with Mike Bordin since 1981. It’s pretty easy to compose with someone that you know very well. We know what we do. We’re not the best musicians in the world but we know each other very well.

After some listening it could be said that the keyboards are way more integrated and there’s a lot of piano on Sol Invictus unlike in previous records…

Yes, that’s what we wanted to do. It feels more natural. It feels more like a real band playing together on a stage with a real piano. It’s not like a sampler or a synth. And for us it is like when you drink a wine that was in a barrel for a long time: the piano was woozy, it feels more real.

What were the major influences at the time you made Sol Invictus?

Today there’s a lot of music that i don’t like. When I listen to something new, much of it doesn’t impress me at all. What I think is: “what would I like to listen to, what is missing?” There’s something that doesn’t connect with me. That’s how I think I want to write music that has this thing that is missing in other bands”. It makes me feel better. Music that we’re missing in our lives is our major influence, really.

Could you name some today’s band that are apart from this or a name that or that inspired you?

The Fall, The Cramps, The Kinks.

I know that the album is ready but are you still working on new things?

We have some other very good ideas, I think. I hope someday they will convert into Faith No More music.

Which one is your favorite song from the new album? Is there some that you’d like to highlight?

It changes everyday. Last week it was Sunny Side Up. And this week, probably Sol Invictus.

And the coolest song to play live?

At the moment we just played a couple live. Tonight, for instance, we played “Separation Anxiety” for the first time. I’ve always said that it’s weird because when you play a song for the first time you don’t feel confident about it yet. I’d say that I feel very comfortable playing “Superhero”, for instance.

Do you have any ritual before/after going onstage?

We don’t do anything special. I feel like crap 20 seconds before going onstage. And then it goes.

Yes, to me feels the same way…like to shrink before exploding onstage…

Yes, yes… it always feels the same, doesn’t it? Once you’ve played everything is cool but before it’s always hard to play. I can’t talk with anyone, it’s a bad feeling.

I’ve been aware that the person most against putting out something new was Mike Patton. What’s right about that statement?

Not only him. Everyone had their own concerns about the idea to make something new. But it is right to say that, without being the only one, Mike Patton had his own individually.

Ten years has passed by since when, in 1998, you guys decided to leave FNM and regroup for the reunion in 2009. What difference did you find in the music scene, industry, audience, since then?

You know what i see. I see even though business is making less profit than in the past, the mindset is more conservative. I think that the way the media works regarding music is more money-oriented than ever. Perhaps because there’s less money behind it.. There’s less romanticism in the way music refers to itself. You talk a lot more about social networks, the business…bands making all kinds of bullshit related to social media, mailing lists, etc…But this has nothing to do with playing music, there’s no lifestyle, there’s no culture, the cultural part of music is fucked.

You’re back with a self-produced album and you’ve produced lot of others. In fact, you were in charge of recording and producing. What are the benefits and the inconveniences of this?

The benefit was to only work with band members and anything we did was exactly what we want it. This is fantastic and gives you a lot of power. This is like you have an restaurant and in the back you have your own garden to cultivate the vegetables you’re going to cook and serve. But the bad part is that you have no one to help you out! (laughs). And the final result has to be very good and you have to sort things out to solve all your problems because we even didn’t record in a professional studio. It was only a rehearsal room. There were some challenges in the time to make it sound good because it wasn’t developed for recording. This was complicated but in the end it worked. We found a way to make it and to me, as sound engineer, has made me better and taught me a lot of new things.

At this time of band reunions i think that you’re one of the bands in better shape than back when you split. Is it just me or do you feel the same way?

I think so. I think that now everyone here is very focused on it. In the past there was always someone that wasn’t happy about it. There was always someone unhappy. And now it’s not like that. It is true that we’ve only had three concerts on this tour…so you should ask me this again in couple of months (laughs). Perhaps someone is unhappy. It could be me, I don’t know. At the moment the band is very focused as a team.

I had the opportunity to see you three times in the last tour and you communicate a lot of consistency and confidence…

Yeah, I think we’re better musicians after all these years.

Did it come in your mind to call Jim Martin for the reunion? Are you still in touch with him today?

I didn’t talk to him directly…but I think that we had to make a decision about if it was just something nostalgic or something with a future. And it’s right to say that we stopped being creative with Jim back in 1992 and 1993. We could make it since the money offers were very high but we were pretty different from the other bands that reunited to play. There was this energy and we didn’t want that. It could be reliving the past instead of the present.

You’re a very influential bassist to us. Besides your way of playing and writing, you have a unique sound which is very personal. Zon has part of the blame – could you talk about your bass gear and the new bass model?

Zons guitar is a manufacturer of bass and guitars from San Francisco, where I live, and that’s how we met and they made me a bass in 1991. They told me that they would give me an instrument that I’d like but I didn’t think the same way because I was very happy about the bass I was playing back then. When they gave me the Zon it became something very personal. It is the only bass I’ve been using since then. And this year they told me: “You know we think that we should make it to sell it so people could buy it”. And I thought it was a good idea and they’re actually making my model. I had the idea to put a pre-amp inside the bass that it’s called a parallel drive circuit. What it makes is that it gives you the option to have a little more grit, which is what I used to do with amps. So that way, it is possible to have my sound no matter which amp you use.

So you don’t have concerns about the amp. And whenever you go you always have the same sound…

Amps sound so different from each other and there were a lot of times that I’ve played with amps that didn’t make me happy…so in that way I think its good to have the sound, closest possible to the source. At least the sound that comes out of the bass is the way it should be.

I follow you on social media and you are a person who is very social and politically committed. Specifically with a lot of conflicts in Eastern Europe. I know that you love the Balkans. What is the relationship you have with those countries?

I’ve spent a lot of time there and I’ve a lot of friends there. I think that what happens there affects the rest of the world and since there’s not so much news of it in the media, when you see how people there act, that’s how you understand your own situation. America maintains a very ignorant position about the Balkans area. Despite the fact that they’re very involved in what happens there, in the USA none writes about it. And I think that it is very fundamental that people know what’s going on there and how they neglect things on purpose. What happens there is symptomatic in a way to what happens in other places. The difference is there they don’t hide what they do.

What has Bill Gould been up to all those years where FNM was done?

I was producing records all the time. I’ve a label called KoolArrow that releases international music. I’m not referring to world music, but international music because when you live in America you only get music from here or the UK. And in my opinion music from America is the worst music in the world. The music from today is awful. So I created an “oil pipe” to bring interesting things that are happening in other places in a way that Americans can see that there’s something different outside.

Yes, I know some of the KoolArrow bands…

The bands are different from each other. It’s a tiny label and it’s me trying to keep an open view on the world.

What happens in Chile with Faith No More? You are huge there.

We played in Chile a long time ago and we were one of the first rock bands to play the Festival Vina del Mar. And everyone hated us, hated us so much that most of the audience left the concert. But they rebroadcast it on television to the whole country and a lot of youngsters, who never saw anything like that, saw us. And for them it was like it opened the world. In Pinochet’s time everyone was very conservative and we’re this weird thing appearing on national television. And that’s how the connection has born. Later I lived there for a while during the King For A Day time..

The last time you played there was at Estadio Bicentenario, true?

Yea, it’s crazy, right? And I did some concerts with Talking Book. We really have a big connection with Chile.

And in America?

This time we’re going have more concerts there. There’s a lot of people we like in America. I think in the past they really didn’t get this band and I don’t blame this people. I think that the fault is with the media and the magazines here, which are very conservative. I don’t know which crap they like  or is trendy right now here but everything they said about us wasn’t correct. They didn’t understand the band. But I think that now, 18 years later, they understand us better and appreciate us more. There were hard times for us here but everything now is better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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