FILTER frontman (and very interesting fellow) Richard Patrick is set to compose the score for Jim Carrey’s upcoming film True Crimes, according to reports from ThePrp.com.
The hyperactive and talented whackjob is following in Nine Inch Nails former bandmate Trent Reznor’s footsteps, who as we reported the other day is set to star and compose some tunes for the new Twin Peaks soundtrack.
True Crimes is based on a 2008 New Yorker article by writer David Grann, which follows the story of a homicide investigation of a local businessman which bears striking similarities to that of an author’s recent novel.
The film is scheduled for a tentative release for later this year, and will be Carrey’s first film since the shockingly awful Dumb and Dumber To.
The new venture will be Richard Patrick’s first foray into full soundtrack composition, although the musician did contribute to a track by The Crystal Method on the soundtrack for the 1997 commercial flop, Spawn, as well as providing guitars on a track for the 2008 film Repo! The Genetic Opera
We interviewed Patrick back in March and the conversation was interesting to say the least, so I’ve included the full interview below for your perusal.
Interview: Richard Patrick (Filter)
Filter is almost two different bands: the poppy alt-rockers who everyone knows from songs like ‘Take A Picture’ which every asshole with an acoustic guitar tries to ruin, to the industrial-metal-fever-dream team responsible for ‘Hey Man, Nice Shot’. Founder and frontman Richard Patrick was nice enough to have a chat to I Probably Hate Your Band about the new album, songwriting, and his general thoughts on the world right now.
So the new album is pretty close to dropping, out of the songs people have heard already, what type of response have you had from the fans and critics?
The critics have been amazing, and the fans have been amazing-er. I try to make music that just makes my car stereo rock, and when I get to lyrics I just talk about social issues and stuff that’s going on in my brain. You know, I hope everybody gets it. My biggest critic is me. I wanna do something that is gonna make me happy. I have a great, profound love and appreciation for music and when you start messing around with songwriting you better have some quality stuff, otherwise, you’re not into it. I’ve been getting a great response from Australia, the last two days I’ve done, like, twenty interviews. There’s a lot of attention. A couple of years ago, maybe four, five, six, seven years ago I released a record and it was like, crickets from Australia – just the sound of my heart beating, kind of all by myself. But now it seems like there’s a lot of interest and I really appreciate that.
Yeah, that’s great. It’s weird, back when ‘Take A Picture’ was a big single over here there was a lot of attention. But yeah, later it was quieter – these things happen I guess, but Australia has always been a bit of a weird market. Some stuff just doesn’t come here, it depends on distributors and labels and that sort of thing.
Yeah, well, now we’re back. We get to party again.
So what sort of themes have you explored on the album? You said you’re into social issues, what sort of issues have you explored?
Well, every time we came up with a new piece of music it seems like there was stuff, in the news. Things would be going crazy. You know, the riots in Baltimore and Philadelphia happened during ‘The City Of Blinding Riots’. The thing in my head was when I saw a guy running for his life, he was running from getting a parking ticket or something and a cop shot him in his back. You know, when you’re writing lyrics you’re just kinda like, what’s going on in my life? Back in the day this guy held a press conference and shot himself – killed himself – and I wrote about that in ‘Hey Man, Nice Shot’. I always tend to look at the darker things in life, some of it’s intellectual. But you have to have something to talk about, otherwise it’s just poetry – it’s just pointless. You know? So I always try to have some kind of a meaning or message behind the music. Some of it’s hopeful. The Pride Flag song. If gay people want to get married, why can’t they just get married, who gives a crap? I mean honestly, have you ever been to a wedding?
Yeah one or two.
That shit is gay! You know what I mean, flowers and everyone’s wearing nice clothes. Let ’em get married, who cares? I love throwing my finger to the GOP Republican straight-laced, conservative Christians. I’ve always been punk – my ethic is punk rock. I was a kid in the ’80s and listened to The Clash and Skinny Puppy. Even John Lennon, he was always punk. He was always ‘fuck the man’ kinda thing. And let’s face it, Taylor Swift isn’t gonna say it. Justin Bieber isn’t gonna say it.
Absolutely. I’ve noticed on social media you’ve been pretty outspoken about your dislike of Donald Trump. Some artists get a bit of a backlash if they talk about politics or they talk about the wrong politician in the wrong way. Have you had any sort of negative response to putting it out there?
Oh yeah. We’ve lost thousands and thousands of Facebook followers, because I’m what they call a ‘lib-tard’. I’m what they call a bleeding heart liberal. I am who I am and I say what I say and I mean what I say. It’s not gonna jive with everybody. If I said ‘this record is great and I love everybody’ then I wouldn’t respect myself. But I’m saying what I wanna say. I get on stage and someone hands me a mic. They gave me a platform to speak my mind and my record companies, my real, true fans – even if they don’t agree with me – know that it’s important. Listen, my great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather was Jacob Patrick. And Jacob fought in the Revolution, and his son, Matthew Patrick – they fought in the Revolution. They were fighting tyranny and they were fighting censorship. They were fighting all kinds of stuff – they were fighting for me to be able to say what I wanna say. And my grandfather fought in WWII. So what were they fighting for? They were fighting for me to be able to say that Donald Trump is a bigoted asshole. And I’m gonna say it. And if Trump fans hate me, and they don’t wanna buy my record, so be it. There’s nothing I can do. I’m here to carry on the tradition of free-speech and saying what I wanna say, because my family members fought for it.
Sure, and music has always been about getting it out there, apart from pop, or whatever. Musicians have a strong tradition of being political and saying what comes to mind.
My biggest achievement, as far as being punk rock – ethically – is making music that sounded like what drugs felt like – with the song ‘Take A Picture’. And talking about addiction, and saying that I’m a complete lunatic alcoholic. ‘Take my picture because I can’t remember / Hey dad, what do you think about your son now?’ under this gorgeous bed of intoxicating acoustic guitars. When I explained it to the label, they were all like, “Get out there and write ‘Hey Man, Nice Shot’ part 2”, and I’m like, “Yeah but I have this idea about selling this really gorgeous piece of music, but singing the worst about parts of my life”, and then they were like, “We love it!” It’s like, the ultimate punk rock thing to do. You gotta remember there was all these bands out at that time like Limp Bizkit, Korn, Seether and all this, Godsmack. All of this false-heaviness – Korn wasn’t – but it was like this false, lame-brain music … even on our record it goes from ‘Welcome To The Fold’ and then all of a sudden it turns into this weird pop song. And that was a prank, that was like the prank that I sold to everybody. Even my own fans they were like “We want crazy, heavy, weird Rich! We don’t want super-sweet, gorgeous singing”, but that’s what alternative music was about. But the ethic and artistic thing is to be avant-garde and everyone was expecting ‘Under’, ‘Dose’, and ‘Spent’ and instead they got ‘Take A Picture’ and it’s amazing to do that – and then it was a huge hit. It was like, who’s fooling who? I loved it.
That’s what music is about, it’s about doing something different, doing something unique. Now for this record I just wanted to write something that was equal to what I was seeing on the news. I wanted to go “There is just so much negativity and darkness and why? Let’s look at it”, unlike Beiber and Swift and Katy Perry – which by the way, my kids love Katy Perry and I actually bought tickets for my daughter to see Taylor Swift, so she got $70 per head from me. So the reality is, I gotta be true to myself, I gotta be something uniquely different. Look where I come from, let’s acknowledge that I was in Nine Inch Nails during a very formative time. There’s a big, gigantic change in his music when I was in the band – did I have anything to do with his music? No. But he went from Pretty Hate Machine to the Broken EP, now who did he listen to that influenced the Broken EP? His live band – so me and Jeff Ward and the other people that were around him. We were just like ‘dude, it’s got to be heavy’. And so I had nothing to do with his music, whatsoever, but we were listening to Ministry, we were listening to Skinny Puppy through all during years, that’s the thing. So when people like ‘oh it kinda sounds like Nine Inch Nails’ well I was in Nine Inch Nails, I was in it when we were really experimenting and trying to be different and weird – intense – and I miss that. And it’s mainly like, the last ten years of music has been like everyone is trying to get on the radio.
When I discovered PledgeMusic, PledgeMusic.com is just an incredible thing where ‘oh, so and so wants to put out a record, ok so we’re gonna fund it by buying it before you make it’ so all of a sudden you get all of this money to go make a record and that’s the only people that you care about, all of a sudden you’re funded. The record companies used to have all of the money to make a record and they would tell you ‘get on the radio’. Well, with Pledge they’ve already bought the record so you’re like ‘well, I’ll just make the record I wanna make’ and low and behold they wanted crazy, angry Rich. They didn’t want super-sweet ‘Surprise’ or ‘It’s My Time’ – even though I love that side of my voice – Pledge guys really just wanted the nutter that they fell in love with. So I just went back and kind of enjoyed that and I think that’s why the record sounds more authentic and original.
Yeah, well that’s what you want. Something that’s honest and free … that’s what you want when you hear a record, something that’s pure.
Yeah, there’s always some producer who would have told me “You can’t just repeat the same break dude”, but yeah, “I think I’m gonna just build this up, I’ve got my reasons and my reasons are sound I’m just gonna build myself up into a frenzy and keep singing it”, and they’ll ask why and I’ll say, “I just feel that’s the way I should do it.” A producer would say “oh, you gotta write lyrics you have to do this, you have to do that”, and that’s the problem. I don’t want anyone telling me what to do. So I produced it.
I’m running a bit over time, but thanks for chatting and hopefully we’re see you over in Australia soon.
Damn straight. I really wanna get down there, I miss Australia … and you guys shouldn’t see us on Soundwave for twenty minutes, you need the full hour and a half! You gotta see what I do with lights, not some daylight show.
Oh yeah, festivals make it hard.
I wanna be up there for a full hour and a half, I wanna get sweaty! I WANNA SIIIIIIIIINNNNNNGGGGGG!
[laughs] sounds awesome.
Filter’s new album, Crazy Eyes is out April 8th.
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