Spin Online January 1997

Spin Online January 1997

San Francisco rock act Faith No More, whose dexterous members are just as notorious for being involved in unusual side projects, are finishing up their first album in almost two years.

Since Faith No More's last LP, King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime, the quintet has been strewn around the globe and tweaking the sonic airwaves. Keyboardist Roddy Bottum conceived the highly acclaimed Imperial Teen, whose 1996 debut album, Seasick, topped innumerable year-end polls. Singer Mike Patton continues to work with Bay Area old schoolers Mr. Bungle and released a solo album, Adult Themes for Voice, on experimental jazz master John Zorn's Tzadik label. Drummer Mike Bordin toured with Ozzy Osbourne, and bassist Billy Gould went on sabbatical in Albania.

The guitarist problems that have plagued FNM since the oust of hairy metal guy Jim Martin continued into the recording of the new album. After losing Martin, the band recruited Mr. Bungle's Trey Spruance for the recording of 1995's King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime, then toured with ex-roadie Dean Menta. This album sees yet another guitarist.

"We've got a new guitar player by the name of Jon Hudson," said Gould. "Dean had been our guitar player and worked great for the tour, but when it came to writing, we found that we worked differently." Hudson, a longtime friend of Gould's, used to play with Systems Collapse.

The next Faith No More offering is due out in early June. "There are about 13 or 14 songs we're working on," said Bottum. "We're finishing up mixing in Northern California with Roli Mossiman. He's a producer who's done a lot of work with the Young Gods, one of our favorite bands." (Mossiman has also worked with Wiseblood and produced The The's 1986 album Infected.)

But just because FNM have a new album does not mean that the members' other projects will suffer. Imperial Teen is tentatively scheduled to record in April and often plays live. Mike Patton's second solo album, with guest musicians including John Zorn and William Winant, should be released sometime this spring.

Zena Burns

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