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If there's one term in music guaranteed to raise eyebrows, and often nothing else, it's "supergroup." Arguably more often than not, the results don't quite go as hoped and for every Cream there's a Contraband and Ov Hell. There will, however, always be musicians that draw people to their projects no matter who they're working with and if ever there was a vocalist who was able to do this, it's Faith No More's charismatic frontman, Mike Patton. Throw in members of other esteemed bands such as Slayer and the Melvins and surely the results are going to be something special, which is exactly what happened in 1998 when Patton put together a new project as Faith No More were coming to the end of their first run, a project named Fantômas.
Fantômas, which was named after a French supervillain and one of the country's most popular literary figures, began initially as a series of avant-garde songs Mike Patton had penned on his own, in the hopes of putting together a supergroup of his own. He sent the songs out to his Mr. Bungle bandmate Trevor Dunn, as well as Melvins guitarist Buzz Osborne and Sepultura drummer Igor Cavalera. Cavalera was the only musician to decline his invite to the group, though he did suggest that the drum stool should be occupied by another highly respected metal drummer, Dave Lombardo, who at the time was busy with Grip Inc., having left Slayer for the second time six years previously. More...
Mike Patton (Fantômas, Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Peeping Tom and the forthcoming Mondo Cane amongst others) has just completed his first major motion film score for the film "Crank 2: High Voltage" (April 17 release).
While Patton has often dabbled in film whether it was lending his voice to the creatures in "I Am Legend," his score for the indie film noir short "A Perfect Place" or Fantômas' film scoring interpretation via The Director's Cut, this marks his first proper film score.
Created during the latter half of 2008, Patton holed up in a Los Angeles studio and eliminated all other projects during the recording, a point worth noting as he is well known for being one of modern music's most prolific artists.
Patton has also provided vocals to several videogames including "Bionic Commando," "Portal," "Left 4 Dead," and "The Darkness." He also lent his voice to Adult Swim's Metalocalypse (character name: Rikki Kix). Patton just wrapped up a trek across Australia with Fantômas as part of the Big Day Out festival. His upcoming schedule includes a performance with labelmates Zu (Mar. 19 @ Great American Music Hall in San Francisco), the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 17 with Rahzel (ex-Roots beatboxer) and the highly anticipated reunion tour with Faith No More in Europe this summer.
While down under for his appearance at the Big Day Out festival (and solo shows with Fantomas), Serj Tankian will be performing a one-off show with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. The show will take place on Monday, March 16, 2009 at the Auckland Town Hall and they will be performing songs from Tankian's solo debut "Elect The Dead" and "some unreleased extras."
Serj comments further: "All the songs will be reinterpreted to fit with the orchestra, as the F.C.C. will not be playing this show with me. It’s just the orchestra and I; the arrangements for the orchestra were made by respected New Zealand composer John Psathas."
"I'm elated to have the opportunity to arrange my songs from Elect the Dead for a full orchestra with the APO. The arrangements will be quite different than those on the record including bonus tracks never played live, and John Psathas will be helping me outfit my string arrangements for the full orchestra. We'll also be taping the performance for a worldwide DVD release later in the year. Yes for real, we will be putting this out on DVD."
TORCHE has parted ways with guitarist Juan Montoya. In a statement prepared by Juan, he had this to say:
"The ATP/Nightmare Before Christmas show on December 5, 2008, will be my final show with TORCHE. I’m very proud of the music we have created together over the past 4 years. I have been blessed to?tour the world and meet amazing?people and will be seeing you all soon enough. I am very inspired and will be collaberating with many of the talented friends I have met in my travels. Look out for new material early next year and a tour to follow. I wish TORCHE all the best and I thank all the fans for listening and being a part of this amazing experience." More...
SuicideGirls.com has interviewed Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, Fantomas, Crudo, etc.) in San Francisco to get all the details on his film score debut, "A Perfect Place." You can watch the video and read the complete feature on SuicideGirls.com. More...
Ipecac Records has announced that Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, etc.) has started yet another new project. The band, also featuring Dan The Automator, is called Crudo- Here's what Ipecac had to say:
"...wanted to let you know that there is a new Patton project that is about to show it's face. Yeah, another one. Seems that Mike and Dan the Automator have been cooking up some music and after a little marinating are about to reveal........ Crudo. Not much is known about Crudo, but we know this, they will be playing the super cool music festival, Sasquatch, at the end of May in the state of Washington at the Gorge."
The "Sasquatch! Music Festival" will take place at The Gorge in Seattle, WA on May 24 - 26th. Patton has also lined up some European tours, he will hit the road with Fennesz for the following stops:
February 27th Oslo, NOR - Rockefeller
February 28th Sofia, BUL - Universiada Hall
February 29th Warsaw, POL - Proxima
March 01st Zaandam, NET - de Kade
In addition, he will also team up with Zu for the following dates:
March 02nd Geneva, SWI - Usine
March 03rd Rome, ITA - Circolo degli Artisti
March 04th Turin, ITA - Ossigeno
March 06th Utrecht, NET - Tivoli
March 07th Verona, ITA - Interzona
Mike Patton spoke recently to Billboard.com about touring with the newest of his outfits, Peeping Tom; "It's been funny - out of the gate this band has been a hard one to put together with eight or nine people," said Patton. "It varies. Every tour I've done has been different members through different schedules. Also, we've gotten offers to open for a lot of different bands and some of them have been exotic and intriguing and we've chosen to explore those options as opposed to doing our own tour, so it was put off for those reasons as well."
Unusally, the band is taking a very relaxed approach to their setlist, as Mike explained: "Having an eight-piece band, everyone is playing loud at all times and it's nice to break it down and show everybody all of the elements that are going on," he says. "It's quite an octopus, quite a beast and it's fun to play with that. We just don't play Peeping Tom tunes." Mike also stated that audiences can expect to hear solo material from its touring members' careers and even a few covers as well as Peeping Tom tunes.
On how he can run with so many different projects, Patton commented "Some artists can work under one guise, whether it's a name or a band or doing film soundtracks, put all of their ideas in one pot and move on. Me, I need to compartmentalize. I put things in little boxes and like to have a lot of toys to play with and that's the way I view these bands. That's what keeps me interested and motivated."
As previously reported, Mike is now busy with new records due later this year from Tomahawk and Moonchild, which features John Zorn. He also said that there were tentative plans for a 2008 Fantomas recording, which would be an "all electric" album, with "no acoustic instrumentation".
In a recent interview with U.K. magazine Rock-A-Rolla (web site), former FAITH NORE MORE frontman Mike Patton said that a fifth release by star-studded noise-mongers FANTOMAS — which also features MELVINS guitarist Buzz Osborne, MR. BUNGLE bassist Trevor Dunn, and SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo — would probably not see the light of day for a couple of years. "I'm gonna take a little break from FANTOMAS and do some other things," he stated and added that the record will be "all electronic" and will contain "no acoustic instrumentation." In the same article, Patton revealed that the next TOMAHAWK and PEEPING TOM records would likely be released in 2007.
Speaking to Greg Prato of Billboard.com in May 2006, Patton revealed that the first all-new studio effort from TOMAHAWK since 2003's "Mit Gas" was coming along "slowly but nicely — and I'm completely to blame for the slowly part. [Guitarist] Duane [Denison] has had stuff written for it seems like eons now, and I'm just been very backed up. It's getting closer and closer to my main focus now. So I expect once I can zero in on it, we'll be able to bang it out and hopefully record it before the end of the year."
Dave Lombardo will be back with Fantomas for their tour of Japan and Australia, which happens from September 5-13. His commitments with Slayer prevented him from touring the UK and Europe with the band recently.
Drummer Dave Lombardo is to miss the Fantomas UK/European tour this Summer due to his commitments with Slayer. He'll be replaced by the legendary Terry Bozzio.
The majority of the schedule for the 2005 U.S. Geek tour, featuring Fantomas, The Locust and Trevor Dunn's Trio Convulsant, has been set. Note that The Locust will not be appearing on certain dates, as they refuse to play Clear Channel venues. Here are the dates:
3/31 Phoenix AZ @ Old Brickhouse Grille
4/3 Dallas TX @ Tree's
4/4 Austin TX @ Emo's
4/5 New Orleans LA @ House of Blues (no The Locust)
4/8 Carrboro NC @ Cat's Cradle
4/9 Philadelphia PA @ Theater of the Living Arts (no The Locust)
4/10 Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
4/11 New York NY @ TBA
4/13 Boston MA @ the Roxy
4/14 Montreal Quebec @ Le Spectrum
4/15 Toronto Ontario @ Phoenix Theatre
4/16 Cleveland OH @ Agora Ballroom
4/17 Detroit MI @ St Andrews Hall (no The Locust)
4/19 Chicago IL @ Metro
4/20 Minneapolis MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe (no The Locust)
4/22 Denver CO @ Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom
4/24 Boise ID @ the Big Easy
4/25 Portland OR @ TBA
4/26 Seattle WA @ TBA
4/29 San Francisco CA @ the Fillmore (no The Locust)
Fantomas are expected to release a new album next April. Called 'Suspended Animation', it was actually recorded at the same time as the band's current album 'Delirium Cordia'.