Faith No More
Band Photo: Faith No More (?)
From: Bay Area , CA, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped
In 1981, Bay Area, California, musicians Mike "Puffy" Bordin, Billy Gould, Mike Morris, and Wade Worthington formed a band called Faith No Man. A year later when Worthington was replaced by keyboardist Roddy Bottum, and Mike "The Man" Morris was ousted, the group began calling themselves Faith No More. After going through a series of singers which included Courtney Love, the band was joined by Chuck Mosely in 1983. The same year, Jim Martin was recruited to replace guitarist Mark Bowen. A four-song demo tape recorded in 1984 led to the band's first real album, "We Care A Lot," released on Mordam Records in 1985.
Within a year the band signed up with Slash Records, and in 1987 their second album, "Introduce Yourself," was released. The subsequent tour brought Faith No More a good deal of press in Europe, but when the tour was over the rest of the band chose to fire Mosely for various reasons. Mike Patton (Mr. Bungle) was hired in January of 1989 and "The Real Thing" was released six months later.
"Epic" was released as a single in January of 1990 and Faith No More's popularity took off in the U.S. The band received a Grammy nomination for Best Heavy Metal/Hard Rock performance. By the end of the year, "The Real Thing" had gone platinum in the U.S.
Faith No More was part of the biggest tour of 1992, opening for rock giants Metallica and Guns N Roses. After that tour, on which they received lukewarm responses from fans of the main acts, they embarked on tours of the U.S. and Europe as headliners to smaller crowds.
Jim Martin was fired and Mr. Bungle guitarist Trey Spruance was recruited for 1995's "King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime." However, once the album was recorded, however, he left the band before touring began. Dean Menta, a former Faith No More roadie & guitarist for the band Duh, was Spruance's replacement. Faith No More then replaced Dean Menta with Jon Hudson (ex-Systems Collapse). The band's sixth studio album, "Album of the Year" was released (June 1997).
In the early months of 1998, break-up rumors spread even more intensely than usual. There was speculation that the band members' many side-projects were taking their toll, and interest in Faith No More was waning. On April 19, 1998 Bill Gould confirmed the split.
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Faith No More is streaming the brand new song "Superhero" off the upcoming new album "Sol Invictus" below. "Sol Invictus" was produced by Bill Gould and recorded in the band’s Oakland, Calif. studio.
Explains Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum why the band decided to make its first new album since 1997: "We got really bored with what we were doing, and we also felt like there are a whole lot of people out there who look to us to be inspired and encouraged by what we do artistically. So to be doing old songs on a big stage with a lot of people watching over and over, it felt kind of cheap and easy and a little too safe of a place to be. That's not who we are."
It's finally happening - after nearly two decades, Faith No More will release new full-length album "Sol Invictus" on May 19th, 2015.
This new album was tied with Slayer for "most anticipated of 2015" in our annual year-end awards. "Sol Invictus" was produced by Gould and recorded in the band’s Oakland, Calif. studio.
"What I can say is that I think through our experience as musicians over the years, I think what we're doing reflects where we've gone since we made our last record as Faith No More. I think this kicks things up a notch,” explained Bill Gould in a recent Rolling Stone interview. “And I think there's parts that are very powerful and there's parts that have a lot of "space." Everything we do, with our chemistry, the way we play; it's always going to sound like us. It's just what we do, that makes us feel good. “
Faith No More will also kick off a round of touring starting with Japan and Australia in February and then kicking off in North America in April (full dates available below).
Preceding the North American tour will be the release of a second single from the forthcoming album, titled “Superhero,” which will be available as a limited edition 7-inch single on March 17th followed by a digital release on March 31st. More...
Two months to the day since the last episode, the MetalUnderground.com podcast is back. This time, our regular co-host Kevin Perez (aka N0thinghead) is joined by longtime member, F.A.N. and veteran staff member Oliver Hynes (aka Diamond Oz/me) to discuss the MetalUnderground.com Best of 2014 Awards and whether or not they agree with the choices voted by staff members, as well as who they felt perhaps should have fared better.
The show also features Saboter as its unsigned band of the week, opening the show with the exciting thrash metal band's song, "Eye of Terror," before closing with their track, "Redemption."
Check out the new podcast at this location and feel free to leave us your feedback!
Faith No More has confirmed a Spring North American outing kicking off April 15th in Vancouver. The announcement comes as the Bay Area band wraps up work on the follow-up to 1997’s "Album of the Year."
The as-of-yet untitled album is due this May via the band’s newly formed imprint, Reclamation Recordings, which is distributed by Ipecac Recordings. Faith No More founder and bass player, Bill Gould is overseeing production.
“Here we go,” said Gould. “First North American tour dates, some in cities we haven’t played in over 17 years. We are armed with the new material and ready for whatever comes our way.”
Preceding the tour is the release of a second single from the forthcoming album, titled “Superhero,” which will be available as a limited edition 7-inch single on March 17th followed by a digital release on March 31st.
See the group live on these dates: More...
What was old is now new again, as much like with Hollywood returning to Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Terminator, metal heads had a desire for past and present to collide throughout 2014.
This was another year of major reunions and comebacks with the likes of At The Gates, Slipknot, Sanctuary, and Massacre all returning with new material. The long dead Coal Chamber also came back to life, although we won't see an actual release until next year (with varying opinions on to whether that particular resurrection was wanted or needed).
Besides all the blasts from the past, this was a year marked by spectacles in the metal world – some truly unfortunate and others less so. Heavy metal managed to hit the Facebook trending bar and gain exposure to millions when 92 year old actor Christopher Lee released his Metal Knight EP and Christmas single ”Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing.”
Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying was finally sentenced after being arrested back in 2013 for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his ex-wife – an act that lead to the creation of Wovenwar, featuring the remaining members of As I Lay Dying as well as a fellow ex-believer from Oh, Sleeper.
This was also the year that included Roadrunner Records botching the release of the first Opeth single from “Pale Communion” and subsequently breaking the Internet. And who could forget Wintersun's infamous rant (perhaps best summarized as “I can't possibly record an album unless its in my own personal studio that someone else has paid for”), which sent a horde of lemming-like fans to send death threats to the Nuclear Blast Facebook page?
Typical metal shenanigans aside, this was actually a solid year for metal overall even past the major reunions. Now moving into 2015, the big question marks are if that Metallica album actually comes out, when Dimmu Borgir is finally going to get around to leaking some new info, and for those of us who have been impatiently waiting since 2012 – when will God Of Atheists finally drop that debut release that we voted most anticipated two years ago?
Before any of those questions come close to getting answers, let's take a look back at what 2014 had to offer for metal fans... More...
Supporting new single "Motherfucker" and amping up hype for a forthcoming studio album, Faith No More performed at set in California at Amoeba Records for Record Store Day's Black Friday celebration.
Fan-filmed footage of the event can now be seen in the clips provided below, courtesy of YouTube users Jose Henrique M. Oliveira and ittlemoe69.
"Motherfucker" officially drops on December 9th, with more details on the upcoming full-length album to be revealed shortly. More...
Back in September, Faith No More officially revealed that work had begun a new album - the band's first in 18 years.
The band had announced a new single titled "Motherfucker" was to drop at the end of November, but now that release has officially be set for December 9th, 2014.
Pre-orders are available at iTunes here and the cover artwork can be seen below.
Further details on the upcoming full-length album are to be revealed shortly. More...
It's official - after 18 years of waiting, Faith No More will release a new album in 2015! The band revealed the news to Rolling Stone in a new interview, stating the record is due out next April through Reclamation Records.
Remember that new song "Motherfucker" the band played in London earlier this Summer? That will be the lead single off the album, and will be released separately on November 28th.
At the British Summer Time Festival in London's Hyde Park, Faith No More performed two new tracks live, apparently titled "Motherfucker" and "Leader of Men."
Footage of the show, including the set-ending song "We Care A Lot," has been posted online and can be seen below, courtesy of YouTube user Joe Page. Give the new tracks a listen and let us know: do they stand up to classic Faith No More tracks off "Album of the Year" and "Angel Dust?"
After a silence of over a decade, Jim Martin agreed to a Q&A session with fans via a British based fan site. A set of 15 questions were selected by administrators of the fan site from over 500 submissions by fans eager to hear from Jim. What follows is a Q&A session with Jim Martin, former Faith No More guitar player, songwriter, and producer, and fans of Faith No More.
Jim comments, “Some weeks ago, the FNM 'fan club guy' was asking about how to contact me, he wanted to talk to me about the fan page.. After several exchanges via email, he and I decided to do a Q&A thing for the fans. My departure from FNM in 1993 was controversial; I left while the band was still at the peak of its success. I am proud of my contributions to the success and legacy of FNM. I appreciate the time and effort it took to put these questions together. Thank you for the opportunity."
1. What do you consider the highlight of your career?
Performing with Bo Diddly, Klaus Mein, Metallica, Gary Rossington, Pepper Keenan Sean Kinney Jerry Cantrell John Popper Jason Newstead, singing Misfits songs with Metallica live during our tour with them and GNR.
2. You are an influence to many younger guitarists today, but who were your biggest influences and what do you remember about how those people helped to craft your sound and play style?
My influences to a greater extent were Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, and David Gilmore. Mostly Page. His method of using a pick and his fingers at the same time and his way of squeezing the humanity out of a guitar. It’s funny how influences work. My influences were influenced by old blues men. Those legendary blues men were influenced by their tribal ancestors. The tribal ancestors are the link back to the beginning; they are the keepers of the essence. Through my influences I am connected to the roots of time and the music that elevates the primordial spirit of mankind. We do not truly compose anything genuinely new, the listeners and the presentation are what is new, and it is the perspective that varies. The ability of expression and improvisation, the stuff of creation that fascinates all life.
3. It was great seeing you play again during the Metallica event...also some very great words spoken about Cliff....it was great to see ya! Weird question, Big Jim...and I only just thought of it while scrolling through the last post on FNM Blog: What was the deal with you being the only clothed FNM member in the infamous "FNM underwear poster?" Did you just think the photo idea was dumb, or did you think it'd be better/funnier with one dude dressed to the nines in jeans, leather vest, etc. while everyone else was near nekkid. Thanks for doing this Q&A, man! Excited to see the responses! More...
The organisers of the British leg of the Sonisphere festival have announced that they have had to cancel this years event, which was set to feature headline performances from KISS, Faith No More and Queen + Adam Lambert, amongst others. The statement from the organisers reads as follows:
"It is with very heavy hearts and much regret that we announce the cancellation of Sonisphere Knebworth 2012.
"Putting the festival together in what is proving to be a very challenging year was more difficult than we anticipated and we have spent the last few months fighting hard to keep Sonisphere in the calendar. Unfortunately circumstances have dictated that we would be unable to run the festival to a standard that both the artists and that Sonisphere’s audience would rightly expect. More...
As Revocation prepares to kick off a North American tour with Children of Bodom, Eluveitie and Threat Signal, the band is now unveiling a special treat for fans. Starting today, Ultimate-Guitar is hosting an exclusive stream of the bands own metallic rendition of Faith No More's track "Surprise! You're Dead." The song, previously available only on the "Chaos of Forms" deluxe digital edition on iTunes can now be heard here.
Front man Dave Davidson spoke about the band's new song and upcoming tour: "What's up shredders! We're stoked to premier our rendition of the classic Faith No More song 'Surprise! You're Dead!' through Ultimate-Guitar.com. We had a blast recording this cover and we're honored that we could pay homage to such an amazing band, we hope you guys dig it! Also, we'll be hitting the road with Children of Bodom, Eluveitie and Threat Signal very soon so come out to the shows and rage with us!"
Revocation's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Some bands are just so eclectic, it’s practically impossible to label them. Everyone likes these bands because their music is always guaranteed to be interesting, and none of these such bands are more intriguing than Faith No More. Faith No More began life thirty years ago when it was founded by bass player Billy Gould in 1981, along with drummer Mike Bordin, vocalist Michael Morris and keyboard player Wade Worthington. They did not adopt their current moniker until 1982 after Worthington had been replaced by Roddy Bottum and Morris had been fired, leading the band to through a series of vocalists, including future Hole frontwoman Courtney Love, before settling on Chuck Mosley in 1983, the same year they found guitarist Jim Martin.
They began recording their debut album independently, pooling their money together and recording it as and when they could. By the time five songs had been recorded, the group earned the attention of Mordam Records, who signed the band and gave them the money they needed to finish their album, which was released in 1985 under the title, "We Care A Lot." Faith No More then signed with Slash Records, and released "Introduce Yourself" in 1987, which, despite the release of "We Care A Lot" two years prior, is considered by many to be the bands debut album, owing to the limited availability of the previous record and the re-recording of its title track.
Not long after "Introduce Yourself," Mosley was fired from the group, due to erratic behaviour on and off the stage, including falling asleep during the "Introduce Yourself" release party. Taking his place was Mr. Bungle frontman, Mike Patton, who dropped out of Humboldt State University so he could sing for Faith No More. They released their first album with Patton, "The Real Thing" in 1989 and broke through into the public eye in the process, thanks largely to the records second single, "Epic" which became a top ten hit around the world. They performed live at the MTV Video Music Awards and Saturday Night Live, as well as touring all over the world. After releasing a live album, "Live at the Brixton Academy" in 1991 and contributing the song, "The Perfect Crime" to the soundtrack of the movie, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (in which guitarist Jim Martin made a cameo appearance,) the band got to work on their next album. The result, "Angel Dust," was released in the summer of 1992 and featured a much more experimental tone than previous releases, thanks predominantly to Mike Patton. Despite selling well over six hundred thousand copies in the United States, the album sold better overseas, going Gold in Australia and reaching the number 2 position on the album chart in the United Kingdom. More...
Orange County, California based hard rockers Avenged Sevenfold have been confirmed as the headliners for this year's edition of the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which will take place on April 20th at the Nokia Centre in Los Angeles, California and will be televised by VH1 on May 28th.
Also performing at the show will be the original lineup of the Alice Cooper band, as well as Duff McKagen's Loaded, Devildriver, Asking Alexandria, Volbeat and Fozzy, who's lead singer Chris Jericho will also be hosting the event. Alice Cooper is also set to receive the eponymous Golden God award, while Motley Crue will be picking up the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. The list of other nominees for the awards are as follows: More...
Harmonix and MTV Games today announced the complete lineup for the upcoming Rock Band 3 video game, which includes several metal tracks. Rock Band 3 will be released October 26th in North America and October 29th in the rest of the world. The complete list of songs on the game, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:
Amy Winehouse, "Rehab"
Anthrax, "Caught in a Mosh"
At the Drive-In, "One Armed Scissor"
Avenged Sevenfold, "The Beast & the Harlot"
Beach Boys, "Good Vibrations (Live)"
Big Country, "In a Big Country"
Blondie, "Heart of Glass"
Bob Marley, "Get Up, Stand Up"
Chicago, "25 or 6 to 4"
David Bowie, "Space Oddity"
Deep Purple, "Smoke on the Water"
Def Leppard, "Foolin’"
Devo, "Whip It"
Dio, "Rainbow in the Dark"
Dire Straits, "Walk of Life"
Doobie Brothers, "China Grove"
Dover, "King George"
Echo & the Bunnymen, "The Killing Moon"
Elton John, "Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting"
Faith No More, "Midlife Crisis" More...
The Dutch power metal band Revamp, led by ex-After Forever frontwoman Floor Jansen have added a cover of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" to their live set for their first album's tour. This latest metal cover of Lady Gaga comes after Faith No More's cover of "Poker Face" and The Demonstration's cover of "Bad Romance."
Revamp will be touring Europe throughout the summer on the following dates:
May 28 2010 9:00P Waerdse Tempel w/Morning Heerhugowaard [NL], NL
Jun 4 2010 8:00P Bibelot (Official Releaseparty) Dordrecht [NL], NL
Jun 5 2010 8:30P Escape w/Morning Veenendaal [NL], NL
Jun 11 2010 8:30P De Kade Zaandam [NL], NL
Jun 12 2010 8:00P Dokkum Open Air Dokkum [NL], NL
Jun 13 2010 8:00P Bosuil Weert [NL], NL
Jun 18 2010 8:00P Fenix Sittard [NL], NL
Jun 19 2010 9:00P De Piek Vlissingen [NL], NL
Jun 25 2010 11:00A Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel [B], Limburg, BELGIUM
Jul 17 2010 12:00P Zwarte Cross festival Lichtenvoorde [NL], NL
Oct 23 2010 8:00P Metal Female Voices Fest Wieze [B], BE
MetalSucks recently spoke with Faith No More front man Mike Patton, whose collection of Italian language cover songs (recorded with a 40-piece orchestra) "Monda Cane" comes out on Tuesday, May 4th. Patton spoke about "Mondo Cane," the events that led to the Faith No More reunion, and whether or not he ever plans to release new Faith No More music. An excerpt follows:
MetalSucks: Given all the projects you’ve worked on over the years, what brought you back to Faith No More?
Mike: No good answer for that. It just happened. I think it was a reconciliation of sorts. We’ve been offered to reform many, many times over the last ten years. At some point, we all realized, “Hey, what’s the problem here? Should we do this? Will the music stand up?” That was a big question. So, we rehearsed to kinda figure out whether it would stand up or not. And it did. And here we are.
MetalSucks: How have these reunion shows been for you? Have they been enjoyable for you?
Mike: Yeah. Of course. I’m not in the business of suffering. I’m not gonna put myself out there and torture myself. I’m just not gonna do it. It feels good. It feels comfortable. In a way, we’re sort of… we’re revisiting the past but we’re also healing some old wounds. We didn’t break up under the best of circumstances and this is sort of a chance to get that right. Anyone in their life, if they have a chance to sorta go back to a certain snapshot in their life, and maybe do something different… I think that’s what we’re doing right now.
MetalSucks: With these live shows, whose idea was it to include Peaches & Herb and Lady GaGa covers into the set?
Mike: [laughs] I don’t wanna take complete credit, but… Look, it’s something that happens. It’s not something where we sat down and said, “Hey, let’s do a Lady GaGa cover over one of our tunes.” It just kinda happens. A lot of that is my responsibility. We played a certain set of music for a long period of time, and it’s only natural to get a little complacent. So, to me, what’s fun is injecting other people’s tunes over the top of our tunes. I guess it’s a live mash-up, if you will.More...
Reunited alternative rock legends Faith No More has announced their first show on the East Coast of the United States since they reformed. The concert will take place at Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s Waterfront on July 5th. The band have previously announced that they will be performing a three night residence at the Warfield in San Francisco from April 12th- 14th and that they will be taking part in the Coachella Festival on April 17th.
A nine-minute highlight video from Faith No More's set at the Soundwave Festival on March 1, 2010 in Perth, Western Australia has been posted online. It's pretty decent quality sound and footage, so check it out below.
Faith No More bassist Billy Gould has announced through his Twitter page that the band is currently planning dates for an upcoming U.S. tour. More information will be announced as it becomes available.