FAITH IN THEIR CRAFT

San Fran­cisco leg­ends Faith No More are ready to hit the Bris­bane leg of the Sound­wave Fes­ti­val this week­end with some new songs

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY LIVE & LOUD - MIKEY CAHILL

It’s a midlife cri­sis. Even if it isn’t, who cares a lot? Faith No More pulled the rug from un­der ev­ery­one and an­nounced their first al­bum in 18 years, Sol In­vic­tus, will be re­leased via Recla­ma­tion Records and Ipecac on May 19.

Gee. If only the five-piece genre-stom­pers from San Fran­cisco were tour­ing Australia this week and ready to PLAY SOL IN­VIC­TUS SONGS LIVE. Annnnd breathe.

“I never thought this record would hap­pen ac­tu­ally,” drum­mer Mike Bordin says with boy­ish pride. “And I’m fired up as hell man, I couldn’t be hap­pier with the re­sults.”

Ini­tially, the band got back to­gether at a wed­ding in 2008. Not to play, mind you, it was Roddy Bot­tum’s mar­riage to his boyfriend (they’re now sep­a­rated). The quin­tet quickly let by­gones be by­gones and set off on a hugely suc­cess­ful re­u­nion tour shortly af­ter.

“There came a point in the tour­ing when we be­came sick of play­ing the same songs. We were back­stage at the end of the re­u­nion shows, look­ing at each other – not to sound corny – we were ap­pre­ci­at­ing what we were in each other’s lives and it felt like a nec­es­sary step to take,” key­boardist Bot­tum says.

“Billy (Gould, bassist and pro­ducer) re­ally pushed that step for­ward, the rest of us we’re like ‘Mm­m­myeah we coooo-ooould ...’ then the rest came on board.”

Gould brought the song Mata­dor to Bordin. The metaphor is strong, it was a red rag to a bull.

“It wasn’t any dif­fer­ent in the past with us writ­ing We Care a Lot or writ­ing Epic to­gether,” Bordin en­thuses.

“Through­out the his­tory of the band the songs have started with bass and drums. Bill said to me ‘I’ve got some stuff, you should lis­ten to it, how do you feel about that?’ I’m like ‘Bring it man’ (re­spect­ful tone).

“Bill also has that re­la­tion­ship with Mike. It’s like a game of mu­si­cal tele­phone, y’know what I mean?

“We were fart­ing around with keys and all the while Mike is get­ting demos say­ing ‘This sounds great!’ Then it be­comes a mat­ter of trim­ming the sails and re­ally di­alling it in. Bill is a com­poser, he’s a vi­sion­ary in his own right,” Bordin beams.

Sol In­vic­tus (Un­con­quered Sun) was recorded in Vul­can Stu­dios in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia.

“Right off the bat, I’ll say this record is in bal­ance. It’s com­plete. All the dif­fer­ent el­e­ments that I ex­pect from Faith No More I get from Sol In­vic­tus,” he con­tin­ues. “I get heavy and I get melody and I get space and I get speed when you need some­thing tight and fast and I get hyp­notic just as much as the early al­bums, The Real Thing and An­gel Dust.’’

Gould told Rolling Stone that Sol In­vic­tus is “hyp­notic and gothic, we’re com­ing back to where we were with our first al­bum,” cit­ing Siouxsie and the Ban­shees and Roxy Mu­sic as touch­stones. “Then Pat­ton’s be­ing Pat­ton, croon­ing, scream­ing, with a bit of soul un­der­neath it all.”

The chug­ging, first sin­gle Motherf---er was one Bot­tum brought to the ta­ble. For the first time, the eru­dite keys man kicks a lit­tle mis­an­thropic spo­ken word “Cor­ner in the mar­ket on the geese with­out the bones/ Hush­ing out the public in a strike with­out a drone.”

He agrees with Gould’s de­scrip­tion.

“Sol In­vic­tus feels very in­su­lar and som­bre, we re­ally avoided the dam­age,” he says, re­fer­ring to ma­jor la­bels and the cretins in suits who lis­ten to mu­sic with ear­buds. “Hav­ing had it un­der wraps for so long re­sulted in a lot of com­mon good for the project.”

They played Sound­wave in 2010 and showed Chat Roulette on gi­ant screens.

“I re­mem­ber we were neigh­bour­ing Jane’s Ad­dic­tion, there was a thin cur­tain be­tween our room and them and we were be­ing re­ally quiet so we could hear what was go­ing on – not that I’m that ex­cited about what those peo­ple do – I felt there was some drama go­ing on that we were try­ing to tap into,” Bot­tum says like a smart-arse, drawing back the cur­tain.

“I don’t mean to sound like Kanye West,” Bordin says, “but as an old dude who’s been do­ing it for a while, this band still stim­u­lates the hell out of me.

“I need to be on my toes, I bet­ter bring my A-Game or they’ll slaugh­ter me.’’

Faith No More will be per­form­ing at the Bris­bane Show­grounds this week­end.

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