The press release to Rolling Stone is riddled with question marks and fond looks back on a lengthy career. Everything's legit-- after an 11 break that strains the term "hiatus" to its very breaking point, the genre-crossing metal band Faith No More has announced that they will, after ad nauseum harping from their devoted fan base, reunite in 2009.
But guess what? Their reunion tour (for which solid dates have yet to be announced) is Europe only. It's a pretty perplexing move, especially given Mike Patton's continued stateside success under various aliases (Lovage, Tomahawk, Mr. Bungle and so on).
So, while fans across the pond will surely be throwing their berets and kaiser helmets skyward, we Americans must dolefully hold our caps in hand and content ourselves with bootlegged YouTube footage.
"Faith No More has always stood out as some sort of unique beast," goes the band's press release, "part dog, part cat -- its music almost as schizophrenic as the personalities of its members. When it all worked, it worked really well, even if the chemistry was always volatile.
Despite its promotional flair, it's true-- to verying degrees of success, Faith No More spent 15-plus years bending some genres and breaking others, and reassembling the flotsam into a rock behemoth that held much of the 1990's in a suffocating choke hold.
Their split was amiable, but a reunion has always been a distant impossibility. Until now. And why now?
"What's changed is that this year, for the first time, we've all decided to sit down together and talk about it. And what we've discovered is that time has afforded us enough distance to look back on our years together through a clearer lens and made us realize that through all the hard work, the music still sounds good, and we are beginning to appreciate the fact that we might have actually done something right. Meanwhile, we find ourselves at a moment in time with zero label obligations, still young and strong enough to deliver a kick-ass set, with enthusiasm to not only revisit our past but possibly add something to the present. And so with this we've decided to hold our collective breaths and jump off this cliff.... BACK, GOD FORBID, INTO THE MONKEY CAGE!!"