Enduring alternative rock act Faith No More has quickly sold out tickets to its upcoming New York shows at Webster Hall, slated for May 13 and 14. The gigs – which are in support of Sol Invictus, the reconstituted group’s first new album since 1997 – assert the excitement and anticipation of area fans hoping to catch the Mike Patton-fronted quintet on their first North American tour in five years.
“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,” co-founding bassist Bill Gould told Rolling Stone recently. “I think this kicks things up a notch.”
“I think there’s parts that are very powerful and there’s parts that have a lot of “space,” added Gould, who produced Sol Invictus in the band’s Oakland, California studio. “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’s original guitarist Jim Martin recruited Mike Patton in 1989 to replace singer Chuck Moseley on the album The Real Thing, which sold over a million copies and produced the band’s biggest hit, “Epic” and the singles “From Out of Nowhere” and “Falling to Pieces.” Its next album, 1992’s Angel Dust, yielded the singles “A Small Victory” and “MidLife Crisis.” A cover of the Commodores ballad “Easy,” became an alternative radio staple.
King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime and Album of the Year followed in 1995 and 1997 respectively, but these records were only modest successes. The band split for more than a decade before reuniting for roadwork in 2009. In addition to Patton and Gould, the band is rounded out by keyboardist Roddy Bottum, drummer Mike Bordin (both original members) and guitarist Jon Hudson, who joined in 1996.