The date draws ever closer. Faith No More‘s first album in nearly twenty years, Sol Invictus, is upon us. Coming out on May 19th, 2015, this eclectic mix of influence has already seen one official single debuted in “Motherfucker” and another in “Cone of Shame” during a performance in Tokyo.
We now have our second official single from the album in “Superhero,” which premiered on the Marvel website.
Bassist Billy Gould was apparently a big fan of comics and their heroes, having grown up reading several and collecting them until 1976 when he traded his comic collection for a motorized scooter (the heart weeps).
Gould speaks about the creation of the track with Marvel’s Ryan Penagos.
“Superhero” actually just started from the sound of the song, where it has these pounding drums and it has like this throbbing kind of pulse, and we just called it the “Superhero” song. Because, a lot of the ways we write we visualize things.
Actually this is kind of interesting because we’re probably a unique band in a way. While we write music we’re talking about chord changes and different things like that. What we do is we describe scenes together, and we can visualize the scene and the music kind of comes. We kind of make movie scenes for movies that don’t exist. “Superhero” was one of those where it was definitely a superhero comic, I mean that was just the vibe of the song, and when Mike came to me writing words about it, we were already calling it “Superhero.” So it’s kind of like in the DNA; it’s a comic strip.
Gould also makes mention of how comics helped shape his imagination.
If you think about the Faith No More music, it is rock music for sure. It’s got a lot of different things about it, but one thing it always has in sound is this giant sound stage, this space. This large feeling, at least that’s what we try to get out of it, where the bottom is very deep and the tops are very high and the scale definitely goes back to comics. [Speaking] for myself, when you get your imagination going you start thinking of concepts like that, you carry that with you, for sure.
Honestly, if you’re not hyped for this album, there’s something the matter with you. New Faith No More material for the first time in eighteen years.
Sol Invictus is out on May 19th, 2015 via Reclamation Recordings/Ipecac Recordings. And DO NOT MISS FAITH NO MORE ON TOUR.