Faith No More isn’t the only long dormant project Mike Patton isn’t quite done with yet. As pointed out by Blabbermouth, Fantômas — Patton’s band with Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne, Mr. Bungle bassist Trevor Dunn, and former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo — has confirmed a co-headliner appearance (the others are Devo and Primus) at this December’s RockOut Fest in Santiago, Chile. Not just any old set, either; the December 6 show will be a front-to-back performance of the group’s popular Director’s Cut album, which features their wildly experimental versions of film and TV music from The Godfather, Rosemary’s Baby, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and more.
“It’s one of the most amazing groups ever,” Lombardo said of the quartet in a Prog Sphere interview earlier this year. “I love that band. And I hope that Mike will say, ‘Let’s do this [again]!’ My door is open. Mike and I, you know, we communicate. We have a great friendship.”
Patton has been relatively quiet about Fantômas in recent years outside of a few rare live appearances — their last was at Indio’s October Bloodfest in 2013 — but he did share the following over at the A.V. Club a while back: “It’s slowed down a little bit because we’ve gotten distracted with other things, but I’ve started writing a new record. It’s gonna be a bit of a stretch for us. I want to try to make an all-electronic record. I’m trying to figure out how to do that, the practicalities of doing that. So I don’t think it will be out [for some time], but the band is still very much in my mind.”
Maybe some of Patton’s ideas have simply made their way over to Faith No More? After all, they just revealed plans for their first record in nearly two decades. Either way, here’s footage of Fantômas doing what they do best: reducing jazz festivals to rubble.