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Mike Patton On New Faith No More Album: “We’re Really Fucking Happy With It”


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Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton has been markedly absent from the press duties for the bands forthcoming album “Sol Invictus“—their first since 1997. Patton did however discuss the album with Revolver. Some choice quotes from the bands cover story can be found below:

On the bands legacy:

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“Don’t start with that shit, please. Legacy? That’s for people like you to determine, not me. I’ve got nothing to say about it. We’re a band. The music should speak for itself, and hopefully it will. Legacy, dude? Legacy is something you talk about when you’re dead—and I’m not dead yet.”

On reuniting the band for new music:

“We’re very conscious of the sort of rock cliché of bands getting back together. You know, doing it for the money and just regurgitating shit. This record is not that. What did LL Cool J say—don’t call it a comeback? This is just a different band with the same ingredients.”

On being given some demos for the new album from members of the band:

“I was very shocked to hear that they’d been working on stuff. One night a couple of years ago, I was hanging with Bill, and he was like, ‘I was just working on some stuff. Do you want to hear it?’ he played me some stuff, and I was like, ‘This is fucking great!’ he was like, ‘Well, would you like to sing on it?’ ‘Well yeah, of course!’

I didn’t even know that it was Faith No More Music, at first. But then he told me, ‘No this is stuff that I wrote for us!’ And I was a little taken aback… I didn’t know what to say. I was flattered, put it that way. I was like, ‘Damn! You wrote this shit thinking of me? Like us?’ Because my head wasn’t even near that space; I was somewhere else. Relationships are complicated—put it that way, okay? Maybe some lines of communication [between us] hadn’t been exactly open. But I was beside myself, like ‘Oh my god, yeah! Of Course! I know exactly what to do!'”

On the freedom of returning on their own terms:

“Basically, we wouldn’t have done this if we didn’t think it was better than the shit we did before, or, at least, taking us on a new journey. We still feel like there are musical statements to be made. For some reason, there’s still a genuine musical impulse here, a genuine fucking fire in this bunch of fucking 50-year-olds [laughs]. And that’s why we did it. It’s kind of liberating being away for so long and then doing a record, because it’s like, ‘Hey, you know what? We can get away with anything!’

I don’t know what people will think of it, but I’ll tell you one thing—we’re really fucking happy with it. If people think it’s some kind of half-hearted comeback or some limp-wristed fucking attempt at becoming ‘hip,’ then they can kiss my ass. We’ve just gotta do what we’re good at, and I think this record is maybe the best example of us doing that that we’ve ever done.”

Sol Invictus” will be released through the bands own Reclamation! Recordings on May 19th.

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