After a five-year hiatus and a successful run with ARMY OF ANYONE, Richard Patrick has reclaimed his legacy with FILTER for "Anthems For The Damned", due out this May.
Produced by Josh Abraham (SLAYER, 30 SECONDS TO MARS, VELVET REVOLVER, STAIND, COURTNEY LOVE), Patrick calls "Anthems For The Damned" his "howl in the night," a harsh indictment of civilization that doesn't exclude himself from its vision of a world falling apart.
The album's first single "Soldiers of Misfortune" will be released later this month. Patrick describes the soaring anthem — with its U2/BOWIE flavor and stacked backdrop of buzzing electric guitars — as a "sardonic anti-war/pro-troops song." The first-person narrative was inspired by a letter from a FILTER fan who had enlisted in the Army reserves to get his college tuition paid; in his final year of college, he was shipped off to Iraq where he died from a rocket attack and small arms fire after just a few days of duty.
FILTER will preview tracks from "Anthems For The Damned" alongside such FILTER classics as "Hey Man, Nice Shot", "Take a Picture" and others when they hit the road for special California club shows next month. The band will follow the shows with additional U.S. shows just prior to the album's release, mixing headlining shows, festival appearances and radio shows.
"Anthems For The Damned" features such collaborators as guitarist/songwriter John 5, guitarist Wes Borland and drummer Josh Freese and marks FILTER's first release in five years since "The Amalgamut". Pointed and passionate, the new album traces Patrick's own anger and shame with the state of things, from the intense alternative industrial blast of "The Take", "What's Next" and "Hatred is Contagious", the ultimate resignation of "Kill the Day" and "Lie After Lie" to the tentative hope expressed by "Only You" and the ambient soundscape of the closing "Can Stop This".
FILTER's club shows are as follows:
March 02 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
March 03 - Orangevale, CA - Boardwalk
March 04 - San Francisco, CA - Café DuNord