Faith No More’s latest comeback will apparently produce a new album, the band’s first in 18 years.
The alternative rockers' founding bass player Billy Gould tells Rolling Stone the record will be independently recorded and released, with a tentative street date of April 2015. Gould takes production duties on the long-player, which will be cut in the veteran outfit's Oakland rehearsal space and issued on Faith No More’s own imprint, Reclamation Records, and distributed by frontman Mike Patton's Ipecac Recordings.
It’ll be the band’s seventh studio album, and the first since 1997’s Album of the Year.
The lead single, "Motherfucker" is expected to be released as a limited edition seven-inch on Nov. 28 to coincide with Record Store Day’s “Black Friday” initiative, with a remix by electronic art-pop sound designer J.G. Thirlwel on its b-side. A digital rollout will happen Dec. 9. The track got its premiere in London's Hyde Park on July 4, one of two European open-air dates this summer for the band (the other was the July 5 Open'er Festival in Gdynia, Poland).
Faith No More's headline slot at next year's Soundwave festival Down Under now makes an awful lot of sense. The group will no doubt test a bunch of new songs on Australian audiences when they play dates in four cities next February and March (they also headlined the tour back in 2010). U.S. tour dates are expected to be announced in due course.
Gould also gives a heads-up on how the new album is shaping. “There's going to be a lot of space and scope -- big, big sound-stage space -- but I also think there's gonna be a lot of those things that we already have. All I can say is what we're doing just feels right.”
Faith No More decided to take the indie route following the completion of their contractual obligations with their last label, explains Gould, without naming names. “It's really empowering to say, 'Wow, it's our clock; we're doing it on our own time.’ It's such a pleasure to be working like that.”
Faith No More returned to the stage in 2009 for their first live performances since splitting up in 1998.