Faith No More Get Praise from Deftones, Slipknot, System of a Down and More
Thu, 07 May 2015 18:27:38
Famous fans come forward with props and kudos for Bay Area musical mavericks…
Faith No More formally return on May 19 with Sol Invictus [Reclamation Records/Ipecac]. It's the group first studio album since 1997's Album of the Year, and it's being supported by a stunning recent headline tour, which sees Mike Patton [vocals], Roddy Bottum [keyboards, backing vocals], Billy Gould [bass], Mike Bordin [drums], and Jon Hudson [guitar] firing on all cylinders—and quite possibly more. The San Francisco icons took the term alternative and made it their own, creating music that literally bobbed and weaved past any and all trends and influenced countless acts to follow. That inspiration definitely fueled the clamoring for a reunion over the last two decades. Sol Invictus continues their tradition of rewriting any and all rules, while just concocting some undeniable tunes.
Given all of the excitement around the impending release of Sol Invictus, we spoke to a bevy of their high-profile fans for this exclusive feature celebrating the band and their influence.
Chino Moreno of Deftones, Palms, Team Sleep, & ††† (Crosses)
Chino Moreno: Angel Dust was the record that made me think, "This is one of the sickest bands." The first album had a couple of good songs, but Angel Dust sounded savage to me. It sounded way more like a Mike Patton record. I feel like he had a lot more influence on it. Off that record, "Caffeine" is always sick as hell. "A Small Victory" is a really great song. There's another song that's really beautiful—"Everything's Ruined." "Jizz Lobber" is heavy. I love "Kindergarten." The lyrics on "Land of Sunshine" are so great. They're fantastic.
Corey Taylor of Slipknot & Stone Sour
Corey Taylor: I had heard Faith No More, but I actually had a moment with Faith No More that I just started talking about recently because people have asked me what inspired me to go in the direction I ended up going in. It was one of the few times I tried to commit suicide. I swallowed a whole bottle of pills. My ex-girlfriend, who was honestly the catalyst for why I did it—because I was a 19-year-old maniac—showed up at my house with her mom within minutes of me actually doing this. It was for no reason actually. It was almost like kismet. They showed up and saw me. Her mom was a registered nurse so she immediately called the ambulance. The ambulance came, picked me up, took me to the hospital, and I got to enjoy the Ipecac and liquid charcoal mix that goes with having your stomach pumped. I can't recommend it enough.
To this day, I have a hard time eating pancakes with maple syrup because Ipecac tastes just like maple syrup. It's gnarly. Which is a bum out, because I like to eat like a fat person, you can't put that on pancakes. My grandmother came to pick me up. She took me back to our house, and I basically spent the rest of the night on the couch feeling so sorry for myself that it was almost ugly. I might as well have had an emotional odor coming out of me. The MTV Video Music Awards were on. It was the year Faith No More played "Epic". There's something so different about them live and them on a video. You didn't really get that vibe from the video as much as you saw it live.
Mike Patton is a crazy genius. Watching him basically take the piss out of that entire audience and the fact everyone in that band had such diverse personalities that it worked, I was mesmerized. It shook my whole idea of what you can do musically. It really changed the way I looked at music. Before that, it was like, "You can do rock, which sounds like this" or "you can do hip-hop, which sound likes this" or "you can do pop, which sounds like this". This was basically smashing it all together and making some sort of delicious chili out of it. I sat up. From that moment, I stopped feeling sorry for myself, and it's when I started dedicating myself to becoming what I am today.
Serj Tankian of System of a Down
Serj Tankian: I love Faith No More and Mike Patton. Patton always pushes boundaries and does something completely different. Faith No More was big for me and the other guys in System. We learned a lot from touring with Patton too when we got to open for Mr. Bungle. It's one-of-a-kind.