Mike Patton, the lead singer of Faith No More, has spoken with Revolver about the band’s forthcoming new album, Sol Invictus, which will be out next month.
“I was very shocked to hear that they’d been working on stuff,” Patton said. “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!’”
Patton said the music on Sol Invictus is impressive.
“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.”
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