As Faith No More approach the South American leg of Tour Sol Invictus the excitement is mounting in the Latin Countries as is the media coverage.
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Leaving behind the stage of "reunion" and an acclaimed album under his arm, "Sol Invictus", Faith No More returns to Chile as one of the headliners of the festival Santiago Gets Louder. The mutual affection between the fans and the band is indisputable, and Billy Gould, their bassist, stresses it in this interview.
First things first, how do you feel with this new visit to Chile? How will you differentiate this show in Santiago Gets Louder in recent concerts that have performed in Santiago?
The last time we went we had no new album, we didn't even have a plan to return to the Studio. Now we have new songs to play from "Sol Invictus". It is a totally different thing, in fact.
You will be on tour in South America with Como Asesinar a Felipes. Have you thought of inviting any of the guys to play with you onstage?
We're not sure yet.
Why did you invite them to open for you on this tour of South America?
It seemed to be something interesting, because they are a very unique band, and it seems to me appropriate to introduce them to other audiences.
Can you tell us how it was that you got to hear them for the first time? Did you like what you most?
Believe it or not, they sent me a CD by mail, I heard it, I liked it, and sent them an email.
Are there things in common with Faith No More and Como Asesinar a Felipes?
I think that we share a taste for very different music, and somehow we can simplify. I think that both share that. We sound completely different, we have a similar approach when we make music, philosophically speaking.
Because both have a very open mind.
I believe that Yes, it is.
You have visited Chile a lot over the years, not only with Faith No More, also with The Talking Book. What attracts you is the culture, why do you feel comfortable here?
For me it happened the first time we went to Chile, when we played at the festival Viña del Mar. I was a little in shock because it was a super long flight, from Los Angeles, and I thought that it was very similar to California. It was like passing through the mountains that are next to Hollywood. It was very strange, it reminded me of when I went to Los Angeles for the first time when I was young, and since then I have been fascinated by this place that is so similar to California, but on the other side of the world. Once I stayed for a couple of months because I wanted to learn to speak Spanish, I met a lot of people there, and I became very familiar with the country. Now I can say that it feels completely natural to be there, I like a lot. There's something about the people, it suits me very well. He could not say that it is exactly what it is, but I like.
This month marks 20 years since Faith No More played "Monsters of Rock", at the Caupolicán Theatre, a show that many remember because Mike Patton was constantly spit at. What do you remember from that concert?
Lots of energy. I would say that there was a lot of spit and a lot of sweat. I think that must have been one of the toughest that we played, not because it has been difficult, but we sounded heavy, there was lot of power. The crowd also had a very high energy, I would say that concert without a doubt must be in the top ten of the most powerful.
Then having done the reunion shows, how does it feel playing these new songs?
I like much more. It makes it much more entertaining for me, because the music is refreshing and inspiring. So in fact I enjoy it much more.
How are you different as a band now compared to 18 years ago, when you split up? How is are relationships now?
We've known each other a long time, so I would say that our relationship is the same, but different at the same time. I think one of the positive things now is that we are much more focused on music rather than the tension, I think that we are more consistent and more powerful. The shows that we do now I like much more than those who did 18 years ago.
In an interview, Mike Patton said that this return has been therapeutic for him, is it also for you?
I guess. I think at the beginning it was the risk that we were going to fail, or do a bad job, I was concerned that the music was bad. But we had to learn to take risks, and hope for the best. I think that in this case we succeeded.
You think that in some sense "Sol Invictus" is like a first album, considering not only that this is the beginning of a new phase for Faith No more, but you were independent and could do what you wanted?
I don't know what that means really. The record took the time that it had to to create. Things change all the time, I don't know where we will go.
Why did you chose to produce the album?
It is not that we decided it actually. We started to record, and recordings were going well, the band thought that we could continue to work in the same way, because the songs sounded good and we didn't want to go to a Studio and deal with engineers. So we left everything within the band, so it was a super natural process.
As producer, how did know when it was time to move away from the songs?
In this case, I just knew it. I put much detail work, think it helped also the fact that we have invited our friend Matt Wallace, because we know it for a long time, and although he was not involved in the process, he was the first who said, Yes, this is fine, we can move forward.
What do you like most on "Sol Invictus"?
What I like the most is that there are parts that sound as if they were of an old record, like vinyl that is in my collection. It's not that it sounds like that, but it feels like that. At the same time, going to places that this band has not previously been. And, although it is a new drive, it sounds like us. So those are the three reasons why I like "Sol Invictus".
Do you think this album will mean a longer term reunion?
I don't know if it is a reunion, because we feel as a band again. I think that this means we are like any other band, when we are productive we work. I hope so in any case.
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G1 - The Faith No More concert at Rock in Rio 1991 at the Maracana, the band were a phenomenon in Brazil. Do you remember that night?
Mike Bordin - Something so special, historical and magical you don't forget. It was amazing, and not only made us popular in Brazil, but opened doors over the world because it was transmitted to various places. Rock in Rio was almost like a circus, but not in a bad sense, it was cool. One of the funniest things I remember was being in the pool drinking caipirinhas and seeing the New Kids on the Block next to Judas Priest. I thought, "Is this serious?".
The show was sensational. It began a band love affair with Brazil. The audience saw a band that tells the truth, who is honest, that doesn't do the same show every time. People there caught our energy and responded to it. You can't forget something like that. Unless you have a dead heart and don't give a damn what you do, what is the opposite of us.
G1 - A lot of people went to see the Guns N'Roses and left Faith No More fan.
Mike Bordin - I never thought that way, no one stole the show. I don't believe it as a musician. I think everyone can have a good show. What matters is that we always give everything we have on stage. We touch not only with our hands and feet, but with our hearts. Look at our singer. He's a maniac, a madman. And the more you give it, the more it gives back. Understand?
G1 - Is it hard to try to follow live a restless guy like Mike Patton?
Mike Bordin - I love it. Mike is honest and I value honesty. I also think that there are not many people who can sing like him. He can basically do everything, which is amazing. It's great to be part of it. I'm lucky in my career to play with great fucking people. Mike, Jerry Cantrell, Ozzy. Are all special and talented people. I will summarize: Mike Patton sings as fuck. And attached it is wonderful. He's unpredictable, always exciting, you do not get bored.
G1 - After the Guns in 91, you are going to open for Slipknot. Corey Taylor said he has a lot of influence of Faith No More. You think it would be fair they open?
Mike Bordin - No, no way. Since we have enough time to play our songs, it's okay. I know Corey, I like him. It's like I said before: the important thing is we do a good show. And Slipknot is a giant band. No problem.
G1 - Do you think the Rock in Rio in 2015 may have as much impact as the 1991?
Mike Bordin - Today people know us more, so we will not surprise them. They expect us to touch even die on stage, we give sweat, blood and tears. And today there is more coverage. Everything is on the Internet, streaming, podcasts and stuff. Then do not have to be unexpected. But let us play with everything we have. And we'll see who is surprised, who is shocked. You never know. What I do know is that the new album is wonderful and I love being in Faith No More. Everyone is proud of the band. So we are ready.
G1 - Will there be another album after "Sol Invictus"?
Mike Bordin - It is possible. Hope so. But the truth is we don't talk about it between us. Let's see what happens.
G1 - Going back to those shows with Guns N 'Roses in the early 90s: Mike Patton told The Guardian about 'pissing on Axl's things'. Did you see that?
Mike Bordin - I don't know, but I know that there was a lot of pee all over the place at that time. This began in festivals in Europe. People in front had nowhere to pee, so they'd do it in a bottle and threw on stage. Once in Portugal, he poured it over his own head, it was sensational. People who were there were looking and saying "Oh Nooo," was the craziest thing in the world. Nothing he planned, it was unexpected. I was talking about this with one of the guys from Soundgarden other day. They were also on that of Guns tour. You never know what Mike will do. Just don't take your eyes off him, that's what I say. You never know.
Mike Patton video interview in which he talks about returning to Brazil
Faith No More concert in Brazil will have experimental rock and bossa nova
Patton, the lead singer of Faith No More, which is returning to Brazil for the sixth time, says to him, Brazil never hurts.
What does he expect this back to Brazil? Pure pleasure. "Brazil is a lot of fun, we have many friends there. The audience is great. The food is extraordinary. It is one of our favorite places in the world," he says.
Outside of Madison Square Garden, the American fans expect to see the show the band for the first time. It is that Faith No More performs more abroad than in the United States and the largest band fan club is in Brazil. "Brazilians like more experimental rock," says Fan.
Mike Patton account that loves Os Mutantes and is even thinking of doing something with the rockers of the Brazilian band. He also has played with Sepultura, as well as being a friend of Bebel Gilberto.
One of the songs of Faith No More, Mike has is their version to the rhythm of bossa nova. The title he says he can not tell because it's a bad word, but the music is beautiful.
The show at Madison Square Garden is the same that they will perform in Brazil. And there's a surprise: the five rockers present themselves fully dressed in white, with gowns and deities necklaces. Asked if they turned hippies, Mike Patton replied that they turned macumbeiros and are Umbanda.
Mike says the look inspired by the Brazilian Umbanda is on purpose to shock their fans who always wear black. Things experimental rocker.