Faith No More’s rare 1986 debut ‘We Care A Lot’ will be reissued in August.
‘We Care A Lot’ ha been out of print for the past 20 years but will soon find new life via bandmember Billy Gould’s label Koolarrow Records.
“This was an album that started as a demo, before any label had any interest in us,” explained Faith No More bass player Bill Gould. “There were a couple of reasons we decided to release this now: first of all, it’s been 20 years since it has been commercially available. Secondly, when cleaning out my basement, I discovered the original master reels, and we all thought that resurrecting this from the original tapes would be a great way to reintroduce We Care A Lot into the world. Lastly, this has been a band effort; we are releasing this in the same way as we recorded it, deciding everything amongst ourselves and getting our hands deep into the nuts and bolts… just like we used to.”
The original 10-song album has been remastered by Maor Appelbaum. Nine bonus tracks including demos and alternate versions have been added taken from the original 8-track tapes of ‘Greed’, ‘Mark Bowen’, ‘Arabian Disco’ and ‘Intro’, live versions of ‘The Jungle’ and ‘New Beginnings’ and new mixes, via Matt Wallace, of ‘We Care A Lot’, ‘Pills for Breakfast’ and ‘As The Worm Turns’.
The band’s Roddy Bottum said, “When strangers ask what Faith No More is I’ve always said, ‘Well, it’s kind of an art band…’ I say that mostly to distance us from the hard rock world that we’re often times lumped into. I mean, hard rock, sure, that was part of it, but our roots most definitely and pointedly stem from a specific freakout art time and place in San Francisco, a time that no longer exists. In 1982, the hippies mingled with the punks, the artists hung out with the musicians, the dance people and the punks were one and the Satanists and the sexual pioneers… all part of the same scene colourfully setting the scene for the original inspiration for the band and We Care A Lot. “That weird SF window provided a platform from which we were free to express and cultivate a really uniquely odd sound experience. In Los Angeles, no one really cared much, but SF was always super supportive, encouraging us, directly and not, to get our collective freak on.”
Drummer Mike Bordin also endores the reissue. “We felt like it was time to take the next step,” adds drummer Mike Bordin. “We raised as much money as we were able and booked time at Prairie Sun Studios just north of San Francisco. I can’t remember how long it took us to record the album, but not a lot, maybe a few days. The songs were sharp from having played most of them at various shows. Very stripped down, basic as could be. The place was on a farm in chicken country (Petaluma). Hard work, but a ton of fun too.”
WE CARE A LOT (DELUXE BAND EDITION) out 19 August 2016 through Koolarrow Tecords / [PIAS]
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