Faith No More Tribute Show - We Care Alot
We pick at Artur Pereira’s brain about the gentle art of making tribute shows .
It was about 11 o’ clock when the beers started to kick in ...
It’s a cold and wet Wednesday night and I’m at the Mercury watching the Faith No More tribute show . Now this might be a good time to say that I’ve never really been a fan of FNM , at the same time I’ve never had any profound dislike for them neither , but after this show i was tempted to go and get all the albums and play catch up .
Mercury is buzzing with familiar faces and the atmosphere has a slightly anxious yet pleasantly tipsy feel to it . The band takes to stage , they are :
m/ Kevin Rule as Mike Patton (vocals)
m/ Artur Pereira as Mike Bordin (drums)
m/ Ameer Saban as Roddy Bottum (keys)
m/ Jonathan Commerford as Jon Hudson (guitars)
m/ Paul Opie as Billie Gould (bass)
They open the set with ’Midnight Cowboy’ and right off the bat it’s sounding great , Kevin is moving around the stage as if he’d forgotten to take his Ritalin for a week and is singing the songs as if he’d written them himself , hitting the notes with ease .From there they go into ’From Out Of Nowhere’ and ’Digging The Grave’ , These guys have certainly done their homework , Ameer on Keys filling out the sound as Jon grinds away one catchy riff after another .
’As the Worm Turns ’ then ’ Land of Sunshine’ , the crowds eating up the songs and heads start banging , there’s hair everywhere . Time for another shot ...Tequila i think . It arrives just as they start playing ’ Gentle Art Of Making Enemies’ , this song I do know and join in the sing along with my fist in the air . Next up ’Midlife Crisis’ ’Cukoo For Caca’ and ’Kindergarten’ , Paul’s bass sounds amazing , at times hitting his distortion and ripping out killer bass lines with ease ...I WANT THAT SOUND ! .
They end off with ’We Care Alot’ ’Jizzlobber’ and ’Zombie Eaters’ . "MORE , MORE" we shout . Kevin announces one more and Artur announces 3 more and somewhere someone in the crowd sheds a tear of joy . There’s a rumour that Artur was born with 2 sticks in his hand and if you’ve seen him play (which you probably have ) you’d agree .
The last 3 songs ’Collision’ ’ Caffeine’ and ’Epic’ , all get a raging applause and alcoholic shouts of delight . The show was awesome and i think they should take it on the road .
I grab a beer and get a one on one with Artur about the show and other things of that nature.
Miggs: How was the show ? Artur: It was pretty cool actually ! It was a good turn out .
M: I Really enjoyed it , made me want to go out and buy the albums .
A: HAHA sweet !
M: So everyone on stage are from different bands , name them , you have ten seconds. A: I play for VOL , 3 More White Guys and occassionally with Half Price and Taxi Violence , Ameer plays for Cold Hand Chemistry , Kevin is in VOL and Dismantling The Architects , Jonathan is from VOL , Paul Opie from Lithium and Throatball .
M: So why Faith No More and not say .. Brian Adams , which i hear you are also a fan of ? A: HAHA ..The reason we did FNM tribute is because they are doing their re-union tour this year , we actually wanted to do it the same night as their first show , but there were complications and this was the only date we could get .
M: OK , so this FNM tribute falls under the All Star Collective , tell us about that . A: The All Star Collective started when VOL started doing the Pantera tributes on the anniversary of Dimebags death , and then Kevin and yourself did that Metallica tribute , and then the Alice In Chains one and then for my birthday last year i wanted to put on a show using people from different bands like Hogs , Half price , Sleepers , 7th Son , Fokofpolisiekar and a whole bunch of different guys , and what we did was play cover versions of songs from bands that I picked and chose guys that would best suit those songs . There was about 26 of us altogether and the response from that was pretty good . From there , spoke to Kevin about doing a regular thing . So we redid the Alice In Chains one and now the Faith No More one .
M: I think it’s a great idea .
M: Do you have any other tributes coming up ? A: We are in the planning stages of doing a Rage Against The Machine one , from the responses i gotten for that looks like it’ll be big . Also a possibility , a Guns ’n Roses one and a proper Pantera one .
M: Whats your favourite FNM album ? A: I dunno , I don’t have a favourite , they’re all good . I got into them on the ’Angel Dust’ , but each album has its own flavour and style and each song has a different style . They’re all equally expressive .
M: Ever seen them live? A: No , I frikkin wish !
M: I bet Kevin has . A: Kevin has actually seen them twice but he was really young . He saw them when they played with Soundgarden and guns ’n Roses in Paris , he was like 8 or something .
M: Seeing as you’re a self proclaimed Faith No More fan , maybe you can pass this simple quiz.
A: OK M:Question 1 - What was their first album ? A: We Care Alot M:That is correct ! Question 2 - Where is their hometown ? A: San Fransisco M: Correct! Question 3 - this is rather easy , name one of Mike’s side projects ? A: which one , there’s Mr Bungle , Fantomas , Tomahawk M: Correct , well done . See if you can answer this one , multiple choice .Question 4 - One of these people tried out for FNM when they star...... A: Courtney Love ! M: DAM ! You’re good . A: HAHAHA
M: Alright , anything else you wanna say ? A: I would like to say that everyone who’s played these shows with us have all put in 110% and have put in extra time to do this and it is very much appreciated . These guys put in alot of effort and don’t get much back in return , Thanks .
Well all in all was a good night . Thanks to Artur and the guys for putting on a sick show . Look out for the All Star Collective shows , bound to be awesome .