'Filtering In The New Truth'
Filter is finishing up a successful run of tour dates and fans everywhere are wondering, as it says in the title of the band’s new single, “What’s Next?” Richard Patrick and his bandmates – John Spiker, Mitchell Marlow and Mika Fineo – are getting ready for the next steps.
Featuring such collaborators as guitarist/songwriter John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie), guitarist Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit) and drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Guns N’ Roses), their new album Anthems for the Damned was produced by Pulse Recording’s Josh Abraham (Slayer, Velvet Revolver, Staind).
Chatting one-on-one with Richard Patrick I first wondered what had been his musical influences growing up and how many still factored into his music today? Patrick "I was influenced by Neil Diamond, Skinny Puppy and U2, and all three still play an influential role in my music today."
For the Average Joe who may not have heard of you (amazing as it sounds!) and was thinking of buying one of your previous CDs, which one would you recommend and why? "I’d recommend Anthems for the Damned because it paints a true landscape of what Filter is about."
Your new album title 'Anthems For The Damned' is an interesting, albeit depressing choice, but perhaps it originates from a more personal standpoint for you? Is there a theme to it? "Yes. The theme is unless we start getting things right, we are going to start fucking things up beyond human recognition."
Also, is it true that later this year a digital only release entitled 'Remixes For The Damned' will be released? "It is true. We are planning on a remix album called Remixes for the Damned. It is something for filter fans to look forward to who like to be adventurous with some our songs. I’m not sure if it will be released this year or the beginning of next."
Indeed, how easy (or hard) is it to constantly create a new, vibrant, wanted-by-the-public sound that both builds on and surpasses the musical wonderment's/accomplishments that preceded it within the industry? "It’s way harder to create because there are smaller budgets to record now… Things have to be done quicker and you have to worry about someone stealing your stuff before its ready to be heard. The Internet has wailed on the music industry."
Please tell us more (in a quick fashion!) about what was going on in your life when these songs were being written and recorded:
'Soldiers Of Misfortune' - "It’s a song about Sgt. Justin Eyerly, a Filter fan from way back, who joined the Army reserves to get a college education. He was called up to serve in the Iraq war and was killed 10 days after being sent to Iraq."
'Hatred Is Contagious' - "It is also about the war and humanity’s inability to get along with each other."
'Kill The Day' - "Is a song I wrote about the bizarre happiness I found in destroying my life and being a drug addict and alcoholic."
With this new CD it seems the nu-metal sound of the first three albums has been lost, to be replaced with a more mature, calmer Richad Patrick. Do you agree or did I miss something?! "You totally missed it! All I did was sequence the record differently. I put the “metal” songs throughout this record. For instance, Title of Record, only had three metal tracks but because they are upfront, people think it’s a heavier album, when in fact its not."
With your past airplay hits being successful ballads ('Take A Picture,' etc.) do you find now that you create such ballads for your new albums more than you feel you would like to? "I love writing and letting things come out naturally. I don’t feel pressure to write for radio. Once you play that game, the audience can smell a rat."
What '80s (and possibly cheesy!) pop/rock song would you love to cover today if asked ... and why?! "I would never ever cover a cheesy pop/rock song. I was very much alive and well in that era and I was a goth kid back then and I am still dark at heart. Today’s music sucks too. We are in a second lull in rock history."
Lastly, and throwing in a comedic curve ball, Exclusive Magazine love Penguins ... do you?!
Thanx again for doing this for us today, and we wish you all the best for the future. "I love penquins, I love polar bears. I love everything arctic. I cherish animal life more than you would think."
Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk
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