Faith No More – From Out Of Nowhere
Patton can perhaps be regarded as one of the most prolific musicians, ever. There’s no decade long gaps in between record releases. To date, he’s released 32 studio albums and has made appearances on over 60 more, including Björk’s Medúlla and Sepultura’s Roots. But to keep track of his output would be like trying to count raindrops on a Bank Holiday weekend. After all, he created his own label Ipecac Recordings with former Alternative Tentacles label manager Greg Werckman to release Fantômas’ first album and it grew, allowing him to indulge in whatever genre he turns his throat to. He’s also released albums by Melvins, Isis, At The Drive-In’s Omar Rodríguez-López, Mutation and anti-comic Neil Hamburger.
“I'll wake up and try and write whether I feel like it or not,” he told NPR’s Jonathan Dick of his compulsion to create. “I'll go to the studio and try and write for like six, seven, eight hours a day, and whatever happens, happens and then you close it off. By the same token, I'll wake up in the middle of the night and have an idea. And thank god I have a home studio.”
As I type this, I’m more than happy to bet my record collection that he’s currently holed up in his studio, chugging coffee and committing song ideas to his studio hard drive before forming a new band or arranging a collaborative project with an artist based in some far-off exotic clime to challenge his musicianship and impressive six-octave, 1/2 note vocal range (Eb1 to E7, apparently), which is greater than Mariah Carey.
The highlights of his innovative output are plentiful. There’s Tomahawk – the supergroup featuring Duane Denison of The Jesus Lizard, former Helmet drummer John Stanier and Mr. Bungle bassist Trevor Dunn – whose self-titled debut is one of the greatest albums of all time. His vocals on God Hates A Coward and Flashback are without fault. Peeping Tom – a pop album – showcases his rich vocals and introduced the wider world to the fantastic Brooklyn dub-crossover act Dub Trio (he also contributes vocals to Not Alone, which appears on their 2006 album New Heavy).
The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Irony Is a Dead Scene EP, a four-track release released in 2002, sees Patton’s vocal versatility as the perfect foil for their ferocious, all-out assault.