We've got a special two-parter today for you Filter fans. First up? Stream Filter's new album The Sun Comes Out Tonight in its entirety above—and best yet, the album is out today, June 4. Purchase it on iTunes here.
And part two: Check out an interview with Filter's Richard Patrick below. Happy Filter Day, everyone.
The PV Q&A: Filter's Richard Patrick—"We're the Band That's Supposed to Come In and Tear Everything Up."
BY Aidin VaziriRichard Patrick
started his career as a member of Nine Inch Nails, breaking away at the group¹s chaotic peak to form Filter and record the breakthrough album, Short Bus
. The group scored a handful of hits in the modern rock era: "Hey Man, Nice Shot," "Where Do We Go From Here," and "Take A Picture." It toured enormo-domes on the Family Values tour with Korn, Staind and LimpBizkit. Everything was going great until it wasn't.
On the eve of Filter¹s 2002 tour, Patrick cancelled all the dates and checked into rehab. In a statement he said, "I want to apologize to all my friends and fans for having to cancel these upcoming shows, but right now I'm concerned about my health and want to get back into the best physical and mental condition to go back on the road next year."
More than a decade later, Patrick is clean, has a new family and is still pouring his angst into Filter. The group's sixth album, The Sun Comes Out Tonight
, finds him sorting through a variety of social and personal issues.
Filter will spend the next few months on The Summerland Tour
. The tour will hit 30 US cities in all. PureVolume spoke with Patrick during rehearsals.
PureVolume: You still sound angry after all these years. What keeps you riled up?
Richard Patrick: If I told you what made me so angry on this record, you would write a whole story on that. I don¹t want to do that. It's just too much to get into. I get to unleash all my pent up shit into the mic.
I like the minimal approach with the music on this album, especially for "What Do You Say," which is just a drum machine. It could have been made in the early '90s.
I'm from that era. We still have some friends of ours who are very instrumental in keeping us hinged is today's sound. But we're going to do Filter shit. I'm not trying to keep up with the Joneses. That's Fall Out Boy's thing. We've been punk, grunge, industrial, anthemic, whatever you want to call it. Those are the three sounds we have and we like that. Ultimately, it falls under modern rock. That's where we are. We always wanted to avoid a specific genre because when you¹re locked into a genre, it¹s like, "Here comes hardcore, there goes hardcore. Here comes rap-rock, there goes rap-rock." The national focus comes and goes.
You're doing a summer tour with Everclear, Live and Sponge. What do you have in common?
We're the band that's supposed to come in and tear everything up. We're the dark side of that tour. I love that we're the heaviest thing on that tour. We're going to be the bad kids.
You're probably going to have to bust out "Take A Picture." How does that song sit with you? It's your most famous song, yet your most uncharacteristic?
The worst thing I ever did was do a hangover interview where I said it was about the time I got naked on an airplane. I remember we were playing a show with Anthrax. My bass player, who's a novice, said, "We've got to play 'Take a Picture.' I said, 'We're not playing that song." When we play that song, I'm looking at my guitar and singing and concentrating on both things. But we play it, and all the sudden, this water bottle hits me and rightfully so. I walk off stage and tell him, "Listen, I've been doing this for 20 years, when we say we're not doing 'Take A Picture,' we're not doing it." That song gets played at every prom in the country. It's like we're a band for all occasions.
I was a little surprised by "It's My Time," which is as close to a ballad as anything you¹ve ever done.
It's actually one of those amazing moments. I was asked to step out of my normal writing stuff and work on a song for movie or TV show. I wrote this poignant song from a person's perspective of them being killed and knowing it. When we decided to put it on our album, I started reading the lyrics and realized it's like what a man must feel like when he's wrongly convicted for a crime he didn't commit. You know, the lynch mobs and the DNA that doesn't match. It's just what people must feel like in those circumstances. I needed that.
And then you balance it out with "Burn It," which basically sounds like you channeling Beavis.
Oh, God, yeah. Truly. I found some inner Beavis. I really had to grab my nuts when I was singing that part: "Burn it! Burn it! Burn it!"
Did your struggles with substance abuse surface in these songs?
Well, yeah, there's also the drug years. When I was 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25. All that was my Nine Inch Nails years. I would come back from tour and have nothing. I would have $1,500 and a guitar that Trent Reznor gave me because he felt bad that he smashed one of my favorite guitars onstage. I was broke and would go out and hang out with these kids who would just wake up and smoke pot and then spend the rest of the day harvesting their pot plants. They had fallen so far through the cracks they wouldn't even have a social security number. When we were kids, we lived in Cleveland, this industrial city that was just falling apart and crumbling. We would go on draw bridges and climb under them and ride them as they would go up—there we would be on top of a 200-foot bridge thinking, "No one else has this view." We would trip on acid and the sun would come out and we would get out of there. We would feel great that no one would see that side of Cleveland. We would climb smokestacks and just trip out. All of that is reflected in the record.
You seem to have a romantic attachment to it all.
For many years, drugs were really good. Up until the last tour I went crazy on them. I draw from all kinds of years in my life.
How did rehab change you?
The biggest change is having my brains back and knowing it's not about the fix. It's not about the daily chore of having to have that one sunset. My friend said, "You know, when you're doing drugs, it only lasts for 30 minutes—the really good time—and the rest is the chasing." Even with beer, you go through depression after the first sugar rush. There's only this window where every day is going to be great. It's the sunset. Having that 30 minutes and then having to chase. Now you're just drunk and looking for "How do I get out of this?" Then you look for blow and then you just want to talk and hang out and don't want to work. I've seen this with two amazing singers—they have smoked themselves retarded.
You mean literally?
Literally. They have showed up and they're not the cool, sexy, dangerous 25 year olds they used to be—they're in their mid-40s and they're sad and they're dumb. They were so brilliant and they've slowed their brains down to the point where you're like, dude, it's not working. I told one of them, "You¹re fucked up. You don't look right. You're not there any more." I have other friends in this business who got it and they are beautiful, shining, inspirational examples. Their brains are there and their bodies are healing. You're just present and you can just do stuff. As soon as you start drifting away from your sobriety date, you go, "Wow, I can't believe that's who I was."