Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Faith No More hint at possible new music

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Photograph: /Guardian website
Faith No More appear to be gearing up to release their first new music in 17 years. A slew of new gigs and the band's cryptic first tweet have stoked speculation that Mike Patton's group are planning to one-up their 2009 reunion with a full-blown comeback.

Faith No More's new Twitter account came to life on 29 May, adorned with a photo of Patton's face and a mighty coy tease:
Although their statement is vague, it's hard to imagine Faith No More are alluding to anything other than new music. In the meantime, the band will be playing some new shows. They are due to open for Black Sabbath at July's Summertime festival in London, as well as at Poland's Open'er festival in the same month.

The suggestion of new material will come as a surprise to many fans. When the band was still touring in 2011, Patton insisted that they had "no plans for a new recording". "It's a tired old script," he complained to Rolling Stone. "Band splits up, gets hard up for cash, goes on tour and records a shitty record. We don't want to be part of that kind of history."

As recently as last year, Patton told the Believer magazine that Faith No More wouldn't want to "overdo it" with more music. Their reunion "sort of petered out", he said, because the group is "maybe a little too conscious ... [of the] 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".

Faith No More's last concert together was at London's O2 Academy Brixton on 10 July 2012. They released six albums between 1985 and 1997, including three UK top 10s.

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