Faith No More's 18-year lull between albums has finally come to an end giving fans a reason to rejoice at last. Bassist Billy Gould and his bandmates have reunited and recorded their new album, Sol Invictus, that was tracked and produced entirely by the band in Gould's studio in Oakland. Bass Player Magazine got to check out the album today and let's just say that Gould is back in full force with gritty bass lines and a dirtier tone than ever before.
Here are some details about the album with some insight from Gould:
The music of Faith No More has lived through five presidents, endless wars, economic boons and busts, global meltdown and revolutionary rebirths. Throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, the hard-edged group’s hybridized sound has scored the soundtrack to a time of change, and now in the 21st century, the legendary band has evolved once more to return with a powerful new album, Sol Invictus, and a new focus.
After eleven years of silence, the San Francisco band reunited for a string of shows from 2009-2012. During that time, the group rekindled the creative anarchy that earned them platinum and gold records, cult status and critical acclaim, forging new music that captures the kinetic sound that made Faith No More one of the most influential rock outfits of their era. “When we first started rehearsing [for the reunion],” bassist Billy Gould says, “Our brains were there but our bodies weren’t. The muscle memory wasn’t there yet. We had to play these songs we hadn’t played in 14 years. But it came back, and it was incredible to hear our songs onstage, coming out of us again.”
Recorded in bassist Bill Gould’s studio space in Oakland in 2014 and early 2015, Sol Invictus brings back the final lineup of the band, featuring founding members, drummer Mike Bordin and keyboardist Roddy Bottum, with guitarist Jon Hudson and fronted by explosive vocalist Mike Patton. Entirely self produced, the album is 100 percent Faith No More. As Patton toured and created music with his myriad projects, ideas were tossed around via email, and the new sounds began to congeal into a body of work powered with the same energy that defined Faith No More. “When we were kids, there was a producer in the room with us, but now it’s just us doing it,” Gould says, “We don’t need anybody else, it’s empowering.” Without label interference, the unified sound is electrifying, from the soaring guitar-driven anthem “Matador” to the propulsive politically-charged single “Motherfucker.”
This also comes with the announcement that ZON Guitars will be releasing the Billy Gould Signature Series Bass that was designed specifically for and by the Faith No More bassist.
Designed in collaboration with Bill Gould, bassist for the band “Faith No More”, this highly anticipated bass features a tulip wood body, ZON’s proprietary bolt-on, composite neck and two custom-wound Bartolini pickups.
One of the unique features of this signature bass, is the single master volume control on the face of the instrument and the location of the bass and treble controls for the active circuit on the rear cover plate. However, the most distinguishing feature of the BG4 is the on-board, touch-sensitive, distortion circuit, designed for this bass by Roy Zichri of Greenhouse Effects. When engaged, this circuit gives a grit and edge to the tone of the bass providing Bill’s distinctive sound. The BG4 is the first bass on the market to incorporate this feature.
Completely handmade by ZON in their Redwood City, California, US facility, the BG 4 is finished in satin black and is appointed with black hardware and a Hipshot D-tuner. A limited number of these basses will be produced with the first 25 personally signed by Billy Gould.
Street price for the BG4 is $3599.00, including gig bag.
Check out Billy giving it a test drive in this recent video:
And finally, Faith No More is taking to the road for these upcoming tour dates beginning this month:
February 17 Tokyo, Japan Studio Coast
February 18 Tokyo, Japan Studio Coast
February 21 Adelaide, Australia Soundwave Festival
February 22 Melbourne, Australia Soundwave Festival
February 28 Sydney, Australia Soundwave Festival
March 1 Brisbane, Australia Soundwave Festival
March 3 Auckland, New Zealand WestFest
April 15 Vancouver, BC PNE Forum
April 16 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater
April 17 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium
April 19 San Francisco, CA Warfield
April 20 San Francisco, CA Warfield
April 22 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
April 23 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
April 24 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
April 25 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
May 7 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall
May 8 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
May 9 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
May 11 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
May 13 New York, NY Webster Hall
May 14 New York, NY Webster Hall
May 15 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
May 29 Nurburgring, Germany Grune Holle Festival
May 31 Munich, Germany Rockavaria Festival
June 2 Milan, Italy Sonisphere
June 4 Vienna, Austria Vienna Rocks Festival
June 5 Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic Rock For People Festival
June 12 Landgraaf, Netherlands Pinkpop Festival
June 13 Donington, UK Download Festival
June 20 Clisson, France Hellfest
June 21 Dessel, Belgium Graspop Festival
June 24 - 27 Seinajoki, Finland Provinssi
Aug. 7 – 9 Montreal, QC Heavy Montreal