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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

1306, 2015

CONCERT: Faith No More at Download setlist, photos and more

June 13th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Tour dates|11 Comments

Faith No More returned to Donington Park for Download and again delivered coruscating set in the English rain. Via Download   

Via Rock Sound

Setlist:

Motherfucker
Be Aggressive
Caffeine
Evidence
Epic
Black Friday
Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Midlife Crisis
Easy
Separation Anxiety
Last Cup of Sorrow
Matador
Ashes to Ashes
Superhero

Sol Invictus
We Care A Lot

Via Matt Thompson and Faith No More Followers

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.

106, 2015

CHARTS: Faith No More in at number 6 in Portugal

June 1st, 2015|Faith No More, News|0 Comments

Another top 10 album placing for Sol Invictus with the Faith No More album going in at number 6 in Portugal.

It is the only anglophone record in the top 14 on the chart and testament to the hardcore support the band have in the country – as anyone who saw them at the Optimus Alive festival in 2010 will testify.

In other chart news, the album slipped to number 35 in the official UK album charts in its second week, number 10 in Australia and number 11 in New Zealand.

But in terms of peak positions and opening week placings, Sol Invictus has hit the top 10 in 18 countries (if you include the proper US chart)

Sol Invictus in charts worldwide (peak position)

#1 in Finland
#2 in Australia
#2 in Czech Republic
#2 in Norway
#3 in Switzerland
#4 in Belgium (Flanders)
#4 in Germany
#4 in Poland
#5 in Scotland
#6 in Denmark
#6 in UK
#6 in New Zealand
#6 in Portugal
#6 in US album sales
#7 in Austria
#7 in Netherlands
#9 in Canada
#10 in France
#10 in Ireland
#15 in US Billboard chart
#15 in Belgium (French)
#20 in Italy
#23 in Spain
#27 in Sweden

2805, 2015

Links for a day…177: Hudson interview; Korn love; two full concerts, more reviews and win a snowboard

May 28th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, Links for a day, News, Sol Invictus reviews|1 Comment

Rock Hudson rock

Our friends at FNM4ever have posted a clip of the interview that Chilean radio station Rock and Pop recently conducted with Jon Hudson.

Munky likes Sol Invictus

Korn guitarist Munky re-iterated his love for Faith No More when interviewed by Loudwire recently.

I feel like we did, actually I just saw you the other night at Faith No More out in Los Angeles. It was a frickin’ phenomenal show.
They can do no wrong by me. They sound great. I like their new stuff, too. It fits right in with the old stuff, I think.
They could have put out a turd and we’d be like, ‘That’s awesome!’
I think everyone is so excited to hear them and see them playing together again, I know a couple of the guys, they’re great guys and phenomenal musicians. To me, they’re not a metal band. They always say they’re not a metal band. I’ve always kind of felt that way about Korn.
They inspired Fieldy and I to start a band and start playing. That was back in 1987, so it’s inspiring that not only are they still going, but they sold out that place three nights in a row. It gives guys like me hope. [Laughs]

Faith No More at the London Forum 1995

Faith No More return to London in two weeks (FNM 2.0 will be there) and FNM4ever have unearthed a full London show from 1995 for your election.

Faith No More in London 2012

And our friends at Evergig have put together one of their trademark synced and crowd-sourced videos of Faith No More’s show at the Brixton Academy on 10 July 2012.

Win a Faith No More snowboard

A great promo here from TestPress.

Another 8/10 review in Germany

Danke again to Mira for her translation of this excellent review of Sol Invictus in German magazine Rock Hard.

Review from Rock Hard magazine #337, out in shops now

Self-irony is a lovely thing. Apart from that: As ‘aggressive’ as FNM present themselves in recent photos (grey-haired gentlemen in suits) ‘Sol Invictus’ sounds. Despite the incredibly high expectations regarding their first album in 18 years, the alternative-pioneers around Mike Patton are taking it easy. On the face of it, it appears they might have smoked pot in the studio, because of the subtle humour of the lyrics, bizarre phrases like ‘Sunny side up’ from the world of fried eggs used in a completely different context and some inventive sound effects which surprise the listener every now and then. In reality, it was surely concentrated work not to overload the album, nor to let mankind’s expectations get to them. Three years they worked secretly and stress-free in bassist Billy Gould’s studio and added endless musical styles to their very own sound, while Mike Patton wheezes, whispers and shouts as if he gave a damn about record sales. This impertinence has always characterised FNM since their heyday. Sure, they had a little more youthful vigour before, but Mike Bordin’s ingenious groove is still there, the coolness as well. And that’s the most important thing about Faith No More. Sunglasses and a broad grin put on – and speakers up in the city traffic. The album has it, even without an obvious smash hit. (8/10; Holger Stratmann)

More reviews

A very good one from the site that makes Fox news look like the Socialist Worker, Breitbart. Gutcheck gives a good take-down of the archetypal Sol Invictus review before saying some good things:

“You can never tell how great their records are, because it’s a long game with them. Their songs don’t ever knock you over instantly. Instead they present themselves, and as you listen – melodies, riffs, and infectious parts burrow into your noggin – and bother you months later. FNM didn’t really become one of my favorite all time bands until after I’d had all their records for a couple of years. And realized I was playing them every day.

Every album works like that. Reviewing a FNM album should take place a year after purchase. The same thing with kids.”

And adding:

“Sol Invictus works like your basic FNM record: the sequencing is an artful job, hustling you politely through all the gentle, harsh, weird surprises that follow – and then when it’s over, you get back on the ride and start over, just like Space Mountain. When I first heard “Motherf*cker,” I dismissed it as a stunt. But it makes sense somehow among its peers. The album makes the song great.

My favorite song is a bouncy racket called Black Friday. Hard to explain if you had to – but it’s a song only this band could do. The clapping gives it a Monkees, Neil Diamond feel that is something new for a group used to fiendish vibes.”

Soundblab also give a positive review and an 8/10 score stating:

“A brief look at the tracklisting will tell you that with titles such as ‘Motherfucker’, ‘Separation Anxiety’ and ‘Black Friday’, the attitude is here. Hell, even ‘Sunny Side Up’ is snarling and pumping its way into your synapses by hook or by crook.”‘I’d like to peel your skin off,” Mike Patton howls through the slow-building and punishing ‘Cone of Shame’ – so much for being comfortable in middle-age… At less than 40 minutes, this is a short, sweet and wonderful return. More is promised from the band and what is here leaves you glad of that.”

And the The Music Enthusiast weigh in with their detailed review. They say:

“Regurgitation is a word that certainly cannot apply to Sol Invictus, Faith No More’s first studio album in eighteen years; and that creative genius is firing on all cylinders throughout the ten tracks that comprise it.

Perhaps, Sol Invictus will be the first in another string of albums, or maybe it will stand as the pièce de résistance on an already illustrious career, a career that possibly may see this second coming run its course sooner rather than later.

Whichever path the road takes them down, one thing stands for sure: they’ve created a new record that has no trouble holding its own against any of their revered classics…Sol Inivctus fits snuggly against their products of the nineties, pulling off innovation in the music as they prove there are still some boundaries to push; the at times abstract lyrics that Patton and the rest of the band are known for writing being sharp as ever, and engrossing to listen to.”

 

2605, 2015

Expert interview #5: Ben Hopkins (Clash magazine)

May 26th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News, Sol Invictus reviews|0 Comments

Ben Hopkins is a freelancer writer, primarily of music biogs for Warner Music but also of film and music articles for a variety of publications primarily Clash, where is he also film editor. He wrote the Complete Guide to Faith No More for Clash and has also written for Monocle and Record Collector among others. Ben is the latest Faith No More expert to kindly answer some questions from us on the band’s new album Sol Invictus.

1/ You have written the complete guide to FNM. How does the new album stack up?

Before hearing it, my main thought was simply: please don’t suck. It’s a slow burner – there isn’t anything as immediate as From Out of Nowhere or Ashes To Ashes. At the same time, there aren’t many extreme stylistic transitions from song-to-song like with Digging The Grave and Take This Bottle or She Loves Me Not and Got That Feeling. Yet many of the songs – Sunny Side Up, Rise of the Fall and Black Friday – have a little of both of those extremes within them.

Atmospherically, it strikes me as being closest to Introduce Yourself. It’s hard to pinpoint why – partially because Sol Invictus has plenty of almost repetitious rhythmic grooves like that album did, but also because the lyrics to several songs on both albums read like transcripts to a series of particularly unpleasant psychiatric examinations. For all their obvious differences, Mike Patton and Chuck Mosley share a fondness for a darkly enigmatic turn of phrase.

FNM always seem to evolve from album and to album, and that’s again true here. It’ll take more time to judge, but I’d currently rate Sol Invictus as the band’s second most consistent album after Angel Dust.

2/ Do you think Faith No More have proved that they remain relevant in 2015?

I think the concept of relevance in music is a misnomer: an undefinable excuse to discredit something on an ad hoc basis for no substantial reason. If we’re talking about relevance to a younger audience, then they have to a degree – in the UK at least, the festivals they’ve played since the 2009 comeback and some of the media that has supported them should help to create a healthy following amongst people just getting into music.

That said, people that have been into the band since way back and are strolling ominously towards their own midlife crises – or at least, those who discovered them just as they were imploding last time around – will surely remain the dominant demographic of their fanbase.

3/ What is your favourite song on the album and why?

Initially it was Separation Anxiety, which would be obvious given that stylistically it isn’t too far from Caffeine, The World is Yours or the heavier mid-paced tracks on King For A Day. Then it was Cone of Shame for the full Patton vocal spectrum from menacing whispers to random yelping. Now it’s Matador, which manages to cram most of the band’s best attributes into one song.

 

4/ Faith No More have gotten a bit of a bad rap for spawning the worst excesses of nu-metal. What is your take on that?

I’d be surprised if any band really considered in advance what influence they’d have over those that followed them. Similarly, those nu-metal bands would just as likely be influenced by FNM’s contemporaries who were also doing something inventive from a base of aggressive guitar music – throughout that period you had Nine Inch Nails, Primus, Tool, Rage Against The Machine, Helmet, Jane’s Addiction, Ministry and doubtless many others that I’ve forgotten about.

That said nu-metal isn’t automatically a bad thing, but the majority of genre would inevitably take influences from the aforementioned bands and either streamline them for a sound with more commercial crossover potential, or dumb it down to the lowest common denominator. Neither of those approaches are necessarily appealing if you’re used to Angel Dust or King For A Day, but each to their own.

Simply aping FNM would be tricky for most bands given the band’s apparent collective love of doing the contradictory (and what other bands would rotate their guitarists like Spinal Tap did with their drummers?), as well as most vocalists’ inability to match Patton’s versatility.

5/ What are the more positive influences that Faith No More’s music continues to have?

For bands, they set an example that you can maintain your own path and still have a certain amount of success. For fans, their eclecticism offered a gateway into a wider variety of music.
And I managed to write all of that without a single reference to Mr. Bungle.

 

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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2405, 2015

CHARTS: Faith No More Sol Invictus number 6 in official UK album chart

May 24th, 2015|Faith No More, News|8 Comments

Faith No More has gone straight in at number 6 in the UK album chart with Sol Invictus. It is the band’s fourth top 10 album in the UK and third-highest charting after Angel Dust (2) and King for a Day…(5).

Sol Invictus is also number 1 on the UK indie chart and the Rock and Metal chart. It is also number 4 in physical sales and number 2 for vinyl sales.

  
It charted number 11 on downloads.

Finally, it went in at number 5 in the Scottish charts.

2205, 2015

CHARTS: Faith No More Sol Invictus set for #5 in UK album charts

May 22nd, 2015|Faith No More, News|1 Comment

Faith No More now look set to enter the UK Official Charts album countdown at number 5, according to latest midweek sales figures.

Sol Invictus is selling at around half the rate of top two Brandon Flowers and Paul Weller and has now been eclipsed by the UK’S answer to Foster and Allen (look it up kids) and the world’s greatest pop star Taylor Swift. Swift’s 1989 has been boosted by her Bad Blood video and is now a few hundred copies ahead of Sol Invictus.

The official charts are released on Sunday.

2205, 2015

Expert interviews #4: Phil Weller (Manchester Rocks, The Sludgelord)

May 22nd, 2015|Faith No More, News, Sol Invictus reviews|1 Comment

Phil Weller gave on the best early reviews of Faith No More’s Sol Invictus for the Sludgelord site – “All you really need to know is this: ‘Sol Invictus’ sounds like Faith No More and no one else. It’s diverse, thrilling” – and he is our latest expert interviewee. Phil is a freelance music and sports journalist and the founder and editor of the excellent Manchester Rocks site (which also reviewed Sol Invictus recently). He has also written for Metal Hammer and Echoes and Dust and plays guitar in the prog metal band Prognosis.

 

1/ You reviewed the new album Sol Invictus for The Sludgelord – what is your overall verdict on the band’s return?

In terms of their return I think that, considering just how long it’s been since Album of the Year and the fact that they’ve been reunited for six years now, you couldn’t really ask for more. The album covers a huge spectrum of different sounds and textures – as we’ve come to expect from them – and I strongly expect the majority of FNM fans to be delighted with the record. Personally I love the contrast of dark songs like Separation Anxiety, Motherfucker and Cone of Shame with more upbeat songs like Sunny Side Up. As an album it ticked all the right boxes for me.

2/ When did you first hear the album? Is receiving a preview so early normal practice? Did that help in that Sol Invictus seems to be an album that requires some immersion?

I’ve had the album for about a month now I think, it’s perhaps a little earlier than is normal practice but the general idea is to have the reviews helping promote the release date of an album. So the earlier the better in many ways.

I would agree that it’s a very complex album, there’s a lot of stuff going on, lots of minor details all over the place that, with more listens you do notice more, but at the same time the album clicked with me straight from the off. I had the biggest grin on my face when I first heard it; it didn’t take any time to grow on me. But the more I immerse myself in the album the more you appreciate the nuances; it gives you the opportunity to focus on a different instrument or detail. I think that’s one thing that makes the record so fun for me because every time you listen to it you discover another little Easter egg rather than everything coming at you in the first instance.

3/ You mentioned in that review that Faith No More remain unpredictable and that it is a record only FNM could have made. What makes them so unique and why has no one successfully followed in their footsteps?

That’s a tough one. I mean, they’re special in my eyes because they don’t really fit into any particular movement or scene; they’re very eccentric in the mixing of styles they use. Because of that, it’s impossible to predict where they’re going to go. If you listen to the opening song of every FNM album for instance, they all start with a great big bang with lots of guitars and energy but Sol Invictus is the complete opposite of that. It starts really delicately, really slowly. You’d think after so long out of the limelight as far as new muisc is concerned they’d need a gung-ho opening but the fact they didn’t fall back on that exemplifies just how unpredictable they can be.

I think the reason that no one has successfully followed in their footsteps is because either no one wants to or no one can. If you look at the other bands around them back in the 90s – Soundgarden, Alice In Chains etc. – they’re bands that are copied a lot nowadays. But I don’t think FNM have ever really had a signature sound which is replicable, I think FNM are FNM through Patton’s voice and the duality of the keyboards and guitars, through the personalities and mind-sets behind the music rather than what is actually being played.

Maybe I’m wrong here but, as influential as FNM have been, I don’t really think there’s a band that you could look at and place a dominant and direct corellation.

4/ So-called nostalgia acts including Faith No More dominate the lineup for Download and other festivals. How should older acts and up and coming bands co-exist?

This is a subject I could talk a long while about. As much as FNM are a nostalgia act, they haven’t been half as present as the likes of Metallica, Maiden and Slipknot on festival bills, particularly the headline slot. I think the problem is that nowadays festival organisers seem less willing to book what would be a ‘risky’ headliner like Avenged Sevenfold at Download last year was perceived to be. In reality, Avenged are a band with a huge following and are very well established – they’re hardly a ‘new’ band anymore – and I think the risk pulled off. Just as I think it will with Muse this year. Having a band like Metallica at your festival guarantees ticket sales but it doesn’t help nurture the longevity of metal’s elite as such. Bands only get to the stature of ‘festival headline worthy’ if they’re given a chance to prove themselves in the first place, just as it is with football, rugby or whatever, you’ve gotta give these up and coming talent big games to shown they can do it before people view them as worthy of a first team place. I’d love to see bands like Lamb of God, Machine Head, Mastodon and so on offered higher billing, alongside the older more established bands. Like you say, they have to co-exist. Metallica won’t be around forever so you could argue they should headline more while they’re still around but there can’t be a gap in size when they do call it a day, you want your Lamb of God’s, Five Finger Death Punches or whatever ready to step in their shoes.


I actually think Download are doing this well at the moment. This year for instance they’ve got Slipknot, one of the world’s biggest metal bands, Kiss, one of the world’s biggest rock bands and Muse who are a bit of a curveball. It’s a good balance and then you have bands like A Day To Remember given a big slot which should, just as Avenged did when they played under System of a Down in 2011, help nurture them to be ready to take the headline slot as the band grows that little bit more over time. I’m not a fan of A Day To Remember, but it’s great to see young bands given a bit more limelight.

Bloodstock are also great at this, with Machine Head, Lamb of God, Rob Zombie and Trivium all being given their first outdoor UK festival headline slots.

5/ You seem to be a fan of the band. Was it difficult to be impartial in your review or is that second-nature for you now as a writer?

I’d say it’s second nature now. One thing I have noticed is that, the more I review, the more albums I hear and the more gigs I see it becomes harder to impress me because I’ve seen much of what that particular band has on offer before.

I notice a lot of people’s first reviews are very superlative almost just because they’re excited to be writing about rock music, and as time goes on they become more balanced with their reviews. Let’s just hope that in 10 years’ time I’m not some miserable bugger repeating the line “music was much better back in my day.”

But yeah, I’m a fan of the band for sure. Sometimes you end up looking at a new album by a band you love through rose tinted spectacles which can kind of blind you in terms of taking negatives from an album, but I work hard to remain impartial.

6/ Do you think Faith No More are under-appreciated or misunderstood in the UK mainstream media? When the 80s and 90s are being fetishised we get grunge, Britpop, Madchester, Smiths, Cure, Stone Roses etc but FNM seem forgotten – any idea why?


Good question. Personally I’d maybe say it was down to the fact they are such a difficult band to pigeonhole. With the Stone Roses there was a whole explosion of the Hacienda scene around them and that was the same with Slipknot, Korn and so on with Nu-Metal. But FNM have never really fit into a category or specific movement – and writers and fans alike love to organise things into neat, easily understandable piles – and so they were maybe forgotten out a little bit more. It’s like having a load of toy cars in one pile, a load of toy soldiers in another then that one action figure on his own in the corner who gets neglected a little bit.

But at the same time that’s what a lot of people seem to be appealed by. It’s the same with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, no one sounds like them, they just are the Chillis. But no one forgets a truly great and truly original band and I think they’re reunion has sort of hammered that home. They’ve returned, found themselves a whole new fan base who weren’t around that first time as well as pre-existing fans or people who were aware of them in the 90s view them with a fresh perspective. I think Sol Invictus is definitely an album that should see them get a hell of a lot more credit.

7/ Is Sol Invictus one of your albums of the year?

I don’t know how many albums a year I hear, it’s scary to think of it really, but this is definitely one of, if not the stand out album of the year so far. It’s just so classy, so catchy, so intelligent. Like I said, there’s no one who sounds like FNM and that’s what makes them so special. It will take something ridiculously good to convince me that 2015 will see a better album. But time will tell. Mutoid Man, Royal Thunder and Wild Throne are on fine form right now.

 

 

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