Die Industrial Rocker FILTER werden Ihr 7. Studioalbum Crazy Eyes am 08. April via Wind-Up Records veröffentlichen. Frontmann Richard Patrick hat das Album selbst produziert.
In der ersten Single "Take Me To Heaven" verarbeitet Richard den Tod seines Vaters. Richard über die Single "Take Me to Heaven was written after my dad just died, and where I'm coming from is I'm trying to find if there's an afterlife and I'm trying to believe in it. It's very hopeful. There's no more authentic and real that I could have gotten as a singer and lyricist." Hier könnt Ihr "Take Me To Heaven" hören.
Den Stil von Crazy Eyes bezeichnet Richard als "new industrial" und fügt hinzu: "This record is more experimental and crazy. It's where I am today. I wanted to go to some scary, weird places instead of doing that big-ass guitar sound again. On the last record, there was another guy at the label who signed us, and I felt a responsibility to him. He wanted a big rock sound so I let the guitars be the main focus. With this record I said, 'Let me focus on being the kind of artist I was when I was at Warner Bros.,' and Wind-up was way into that. It's way more of what we used to be and so much of where we are. I feel so strongly about having it be weird and intense and authentic and bizarre, because we've done 'perfect.' This is a new era for me because it's the first time I've totally produced the record, and I made it raw and real the way I wanted it."
Richard Patrick ist bei jedem FILTER Album das einzige konstante Bandmitglied. Für Crazy Eyes sind folgende weitere Musiker mit an Board: Gitarrist Oumi Kapila, Bassist Ashley Dzerigian, Drummer Chris Reeve und Keyboarder Bobby Miller. Der Aufnahmeprozess begann 2015 über eine PledgeMusic-Kampagne mit etlichen Video Updates, die Richard im Studio und auf Tour filmte. "I made this video of ‘parallel-universe Richie," sagt Richard. "I was trying to be funny and make light of the situation, but lo and behold, people got the joke and participated in our record, and that was huge for us. PledgeMusic sends you a report about who is donating and what they like. We would post videos and play snippets of songs we were working on. What became apparent was that people wanted imperfect, crazed Rich more than they wanted radio-friendly Rich. And with that knowledge I felt completely comfortable in my own artistic skin making decisions as the producer where to take this."
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Auf Tour geht es für FILTER auch demnächst: "We're going to tour the world, sagt Richard. "We're starting a tour some time in April: There are bands that are coming out with us, but all that's still being settled. Bezüglich des neuen Industrial Sound ist Richard ebenfalls zuversichtlich: "This is a record I play in my car because I like it. I'm just as angry as I've ever been."