It’s still a couple album cycles away — April 2015, to be exact — but Faith No More have confirmed they’re working on a new record, their first in 18 years. According to Rolling Stone, its lead single (the not quite subtle “Motherfucker”) is due out as a 7-inch on November 28 as part of Record Store Day’s annual Black Friday festivities, with a remix from JG Thirwell on its flip side. A tour is then expected around the album’s release next spring.
“We’ve been working on this idea for probably a year and a half,” bassist Bill Gould said in Rolling Stone’s interview. “We live in different cities and all have other things going on, so it’s a matter of checking in and focusing and working little by little.”
One thing that should keep the sessions on track is the fact that they’re being tackled in-house, with Gould producing the entire affair in the group’s Oakland rehearsal space and a release planned through their own Reclamation Records label, as distributed by frontman Mike Patton’s Ipecac imprint.
“The [label] name has to do with the fact that we realized we were free from our recording obligations,” Gould explained. “We weren’t touring, we have these songs that we were working on — that we think are pretty cool — and why don’t we just do our own imprint and kind of reclaim our future, in a way? We own the future more than we ever have … It’s really empowering to say, ‘Wow, it’s our clock; we’re doing it on our own time. There is no budget, there is no timeframe — it just has to be good.’ It’s such a pleasure to be working like that.”
As for how everything is sounding thus far, Gould said “there’s going to be a lot of space and scope — big, big sound-stage space,” although he was hesitant to say much else outside of citing his own influences, which have included Balkan records that “goes outside Western ways of thinking about music that can be really powerful.” As we await more details, here is a live version of “Motherfucker”…