The great, adventurous Bay Area metal band Faith No More broke up in 1998, and though they got back together for live-show purposes in 2009, there was no real indication that they had any new music in the works. But they do, and we’ll hear some of it soon. The band is at work on a new album, their first since 1997’s Album Of The Year. They’re expecting to release the album next year, and they’ll drop a 7″ of a new song with the promising title “Motherfucker” on Record Store Day’s Black Friday event 11/28. It’s one of the two songs they debuted live this summer. As a B-side, it’ll have a remix from Foetus mastermind J.G. Thirwell. That single will also be out digitally 12/9. Talking to Rolling Stone about the new album, bassist Bill Gould says that they’re “pretty far into it” and describes it like this:
What I can say is that I think through our experience as musicians over the years, I think what we’re doing reflects where we’ve gone since we made our last record as Faith No More. I think this kicks things up a notch. And I think there’s parts that are very powerful and there’s parts that have a lot of “space.” Everything we do, with our chemistry, the way we play; it’s always going to sound like us. It’s just what we do, that makes us feel good. Hopefully it doesn’t sound like a bunch of 50-year-old men… which we are!
The band is also planning to release the album on their own brand-new label Reclamation Records, which will be distributed through singer Mike Patton’s Ipecac. All of this is sincerely awesome news. There is plenty of precedent lately for older asskickers to reunite and immediately get back into fighting shape, and FNM always sounded their best when they sounded their biggest. Check out more info in the Rolling Stone interview.