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Mike Patton Doesn't See a Future for Faith No More

By January 9, 2013

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One of the happier (though lower-profile) stories of the last few years has been the reunion of Faith No More, a band that helped put alternative metal on the map. (Although, to be fair, they were far more adventurous and brilliant than a lot of the groups they inspired.) The group reformed in 2009 and even played Coachella the following year. But in a recent interview, frontman Mike Patton made it seem like this reunion's days are numbered, which means no new album.

Spin notes that in the new issue of The Believer, Patton discusses everything from the state of current music to his challenges with writing lyrics. But for FNM fans, the most interesting (and disappointing) moment came when writer Ross Simonini asked, "Is the Faith No More reunion still happening?" "It's sort of petered out," Patton responded. "We're also maybe a little too conscious for our own good. Meaning there's a lineage of bands that maybe did some nice things and then needed the cash and got back together and basically just sprayed diarrhea over their entire body of work. We're very worried about that. We don't want to overdo it."

That's hardly definitive, but Patton's comments certainly discourage hope about a new Faith No More album, which would be their first since 1997's Album of the Year. Still, if one wants to hold onto hope, it's worth noting that right before discussing the band's future, he talked about why he has a hard time listening to his own records, which led to some warm memories about his time with Faith No More. "Like, if you put on my record I'd just start cringing right now," he said. "Not because, you know, I'm Mr. Shy or anything, it's because if I really were to sit down and listen, I hear the mistakes. You don't hear the good things. But that's changed a little recently. When you get older, you let go a little more. When Faith No More did a reunion tour, I had to relearn all the stuff I wrote when I was nineteen. And I actually heard more good things than I remembered. It made the entire thing really pleasant, like a homecoming."

Maybe Patton will get the hankering for another homecoming in the near future. In the meantime, he's a busy man: According to The Believer, he's finishing up his score for The Place Beyond the Pines, which is a re-teaming of Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance and star Ryan Gosling.

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January 9, 2013 at 2:51 pm
(1) Mark says:

I saw Faith No More’s reunion show in NYC a couple years ago. It was fantastic. They came out in different colored tuxes and sang the old sappy song “Reunited”. Then kicked into an awesome set. I wish the band would let go and learn from Alice In Chains that a new album can be done right. I’d love to hear what they came up with.

May 26, 2013 at 1:39 pm
(2) reply says:

sorry new Alice is just not the same at all.

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