"Mother E", a brand new song from FILTER, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's seventh studio album, "Crazy Eyes", which will be released on April 8 via Wind-Up Records. The follow-up to 2013's "The Sun Comes Out Tonight" was produced by FILTER founder, singer and guitarist Richard Patrick.
"FILTER is the mind," exclaims Richard. "It's your interpretation or my interpretation. Our thing is to look at people's unexplainable behavior and assess it, using sound. It's a way to approximate the insanity of the human condition. The reason this record is so fucking heavy and strange is it's exactly the opposite of what's popular. It's not pretty. It's not cute. It's real."
Rather than partner with a producer, Richard took up the reins and oversaw the production side himself…
"You recognize it's us from my aggression and singing, but the instrumentation had to change," he admits. "It wasn't about just stacking guitars like we might've done on the last couple of records. There are way more electronics and sound design used."
He collaborated with old friends such as the man behind 1999's seminal platinum-certified "Title Of Record", producer Ben Grosse (THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS, MARILYN MANSON),and Michael "Blumpy" Tuller (NINE INCH NAILS). He also worked closely with new bandmates Oumi Kapila (guitar, programming),Ashley Dzerigian (bass),Chris Reeve (drums) and Bobby Miller (keyboards),plus former FILTER bandmates Johnny Radke and Danny Lohner. Mixing, meanwhile, was taken care of by Brian Virtue (JANE'S ADDICTION, THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS, DEFTONES),with the mastering being handled by the colorful Howie Weinberg (VAN HALEN, THE MARS VOLTA, THE WHITE STRIPES).
The first single, "Take Me To Heaven", rides a pulse-pounding gallop into an entrancing and ponderous refrain.
"I was looking into the eyes of my father when he was passing away, and I held his hand," Richard recalls. "He glanced at me really quickly, focused on me, had this look of gratitude, and then he slipped away. I was almost like, 'I hope you're going to heaven'. Scientifically, the idea doesn't make any sense to me, but if there is a heaven, take me there. That's what happened."
Ultimately, it all comes back to the fact that Richard remains honest.
"I'm completely into this for the music," he concludes. "Being yourself is the most important thing. I authentically went to places I'd never gone before. That was from my heart. I'm trying to be as genuine as possible to what FILTER is. It's about sounding fucking different, forward and original."
FILTER tour dates:
Apr. 15 - Portland, OR - Dante's Apr. 16 - Vancouver, BC - Venue Apr. 17 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven Apr. 20 - Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights Apr. 21 - Arlington Heights, IL - Home Bar Apr. 22 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre and Ballroom Apr. 23 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom Apr. 24 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House Apr. 26 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts Apr. 27 - Boston, MA - The Middle East Apr. 28 - Amityville, NY - Revolution Bar & Music Hall Apr. 29 - Virginia Beach, VA - Shaka's Apr. 30 - Jacksonville, FL - Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville May 01 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade May 03 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre May 04 - Washington, DC - The Howard Theatre May 05 - Knoxville, TN - The International May 06 - Concord, NC - Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion May 07 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre May 08 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In May 10 - Houston, TX - House of Blues May 11 - San Antonio, TX - The Aztec Theatre May 12 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Bar & Grill May 13 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom May 14 - Lincoln NE - Bourbon Theatre May 15 - Denver, CO - Herman's Hideaway May 17 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre May 18 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl May 19 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues May 20 - Pomona, CA - The Glasshouse May 21 - West Hollywood, CA - The Roxy Theatre
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