Faith No More have unleashed “Motherfucker,” the first single from their upcoming seventh studio album, and their first studio recording since the pioneering alt-metal boundary-pushers originally disbanded in 1998.
As bassist Bill Gould told Rolling Stone, the track is the first taste of an album that will be produced by Gould himself, recorded in the band’s Oakland rehearsal space and released on their own imprint, Reclamation Records.
Keyboardist Roddy Bottum says, in a statement, “It feels apt that the first track we’re releasing is ‘Motherfucker,’ a song about accountability. Basically we’ve created, recorded and mixed a new body of work by ourselves and we’re releasing it on our own label. It’s a huge deal for us to only have ourselves to answer to at this point in our career and the song is about that, where the buck stops via the basic imagery of foie gras production, bondage. . .y’know, stuff like that.”
“Motherfucker” will be released as a seven-inch single on Record Store Day Black Friday, November 28. The record, limited to 5,000 copies, will feature a B-side remix of the track courtesy of industrial-tinged experimental-pop icon J.G. Thirlwell
A band that was impossible to pin down in the pre-grunge era remains a beautifully tangled mass of ideas: “Motherfucker” marches forth with the doom-laden raps of their 1989 breakthrough The Real Thing, the triumphant choruses of their 1997 swan-song Album of the Year, the moan-to-screech dynamics of Mike Patton’s avant-minded solo career and a merciless snare cadence tip-tapping at the edges of sanity.
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Hear it below and pre-order the digital version at iTunes.