In an interview with Chandler Sorrells, Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum has revealed that he and bandmates Billy Gould (Bass) and Mike Bordin (Drums) have been steadily working on new music. This comes three years after the release of the bands comeback album "Sol Invictus." In the interview, Bottum was asked if there was anything that he could share regarding the current status of the band and where they may be going in the future and this was his statement:
"The last record was a real struggle to make. It felt really good and it was a really great exercise in taking us and our inner family creative process to the next level. It was a place that we kind of needed to go to make 'Sol Invictus'. We had spent a lot of time sort of coming back together and getting to know each other again and making music again and playing old songs, and then it kind of reached a point where it felt kind of dirty to just do what we were doing, just [playing] these shows of old songs. So we took it to the next level [by making an album] and that felt really good. I think we all walked away from that- even though it was like a really hard process to get through that record- I think we all walked away from it with really positive and optimistic sort of perspectives." He then went on to say, "I will periodically go to San Francisco and make music with those guys. What we do is a really special, unique thing that we kind of share- especially like me and Mike Bordin and Billy...We were super young - we were, like, 18 or 19 years old-when we started making music, so we kind of get in the room and we have a language that speaks really loud and really clear, at least to the three of us. I mean, where it goes is questionable, but we have sort of a language that's kind of undeniable in a really sort of family sense. And I think we all acknowledge that its not something that any of us want to turn our backs on, and its kind of fun to do. So in hopes of pushing things forward and making new music, we continue to do that, to get together and make new sounds and just have dialogue about prospects and songs and where we go in the future." Sorrells asked if that means he and the band have been jamming and producing new musical ideas with no set goal, and Roddy stated "Yeah, that's fair to say. Yes. Absolutely."
It was just last year that Faith No More front man Mike Patton told Full Metal Jackie that the band was on an "extended break." He then went on to say that "if something happens, it'll happen organically and naturally. But I kind of don't think it will. I kind of feel we've tipped these scales a little bit. But we'll see. Who knows? I've learned my lesson not to say no." Patton also stressed that he would never rule out performing future shows with the band. At any rate, this is great news to hear that Faith No More is making progress towards new material.
In 2015, 'Sol Invictus' put Faith No More back on the map. It was an instant classic that reminded fans and critics alike just how amazing the band can be. It even won Best Album of 2015 for the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards as well as best Alternative Metal Album for the Metal Storm Awards. The album received positive reception from all professional critics. Metacritic rated the album 79 out of 100 based on reviews from 25 critics. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it the #2 on their top 20 Metal Albums of 2015. Faith No More is a band that has always been light years ahead of its time. To hear that the band is even contemplating new music is octaves to our ears. Whenever I hear Faith No More mentioned, I cant help but go back to the days of MTV videos in 1989 and watching the video for the song "Epic." Lets just hope that Faith No More's new release will be even more epic. I cannot wait to hear Mike Patton's level 6 octaves blaring out metal carnage. Until next time folks, this is Jason Voorhees signing off.
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