Bassist Bill Gould of rock metal band Faith No More has revealed to Rolling Stone that the band has a release date in mind for their first album out in eighteen years. The month fans are now officially counting down to is April of next year. Gould will produce the album independently himself, and it will be recorded in the band’s rehearsal space in Oakland. The record will be distributed by frontman Mike Patton’s long-time label, Ipecac Recordings, with the band’s own Reclamation Records imprint. “The name has to do with the fact that we realized we were free from our recording obligations,” Gould says in regards to the imprint name. “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.”
The album’s first single, “Motherf–ker” has already been debuted this summer. The track will be released on the A-side of a seven-inch on November 28th in anticipation of the full album release spring of 2015. J.G. Thirlwell will be featured on the B-side as an electropop remix of the tune. Only 5,000 copies of the single track will be made available for Record Store Day’s Black Friday. The album has yet to be named, despite the band having worked on it for a year and a half already. Gould is able to describe the overall feel of the LP as having, “a lot of space and scope — big, big sound-stage space.” The band plans to tour the U.S. in support of the album around its release, which will be their first American shows in fifteen years.
As a weird band who toured a lot, this marks a significant point in the band’s stage career. Not only that, but Faith No More was officially released from their label contract roughly four or five months ago – a big step for a band who wants to produce their work independently. “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,” Gould explains. Despite their newfound freedom, the band still has to push to get their work out there, a fact that makes it all worth it Gould says, when people are actually interested to hear what they’ve done in the past and what they’re currently working on. “…here it is 15 years later…” he says, “to me, that’s it — that means we succeeded [and] that’s totally great. And that’s the thing that makes us want to do it again.”