Faith No More are working on new music, according to keyboardist Roddy Bottum.
“I will periodically go to San Francisco and make music with those guys,” Roddy tells The Ring, The Cage, And The Stage. “What we do is a really special, unique thing that we kind of share - especially like me and Mike Bordin and Billy [Gould, bass]. We were super young - we were, like, 18, 19 years old and when we started making music, so we kind of get in the room and we have a language that speaks really loud and really clear, at least to the three of us. I mean, where it goes is questionable, but we have sort of a language that’s kind of undeniable, a really sort of family sense.
“I think we all acknowledge that it’s not something that any of us wanna turn our backs on, and it’s kind of fun to do,” he adds. “So in the hopes of pushing things forward and making new music, we continue to do that, to like get together and make new sounds and just have a dialogue about prospects and songs and where we go in the future.”
Footage of the band performing at French festival Hellfest in 2015
Roddy acknowledges that the band’s last album, 2015’s Sol Invictus, was a “struggle to make”.
“It felt really good and it was a really great exercise in taking us and our inner family sort of like creative process to the next level,” he explains. “It was a place that we kind of needed to go to make Sol Invictus.
“We had spent a lot of time sort of coming back together and getting to know each other again and making music again and playing old songs, and then it kind of reached a point where it felt kind of dirty to just do what we were doing, just these shows of old songs,” he continues. “So we took it to the next level and that felt really good. I think we walked away from it with really positive optimistic sort of perspectives.”
Roddy is currently mixing a new album from his indie pop band Imperial Teen.
Faith No More’s return now includes nine European dates – five of which are headline shows in the UK and Ireland.
According to the band’s Instagram, the exchange appears to be all in good humor.