Metal-Trails.com recently conducted an interview with Richard Patrick from U.S. post-grunge band FILTER. During the 28-minute chat, which can be seen below, Patrick offers a deep-thought monologue about social responsibility, modern age heroes, humanity in society and music, being down on luck, his ADHD and his time in Iraq, harsh criticism on pop music hating, narrow-minded "trve metal" clichés and painful memories as a potential fuel for emotional songs.
FILTER's sixth studio album, "The Sun Comes Out Tonight", was released on June 4, 2013 via Wind-Up Records. The CD was recorded in Los Angeles at Blue Room studios with producer Bob Marlette (BLACK SABBATH, ATREYU, SALIVA). The follow-up to 2010's "The Trouble With Angels" was written and recorded by leader Richard Patrick and guitarist Jonny Radtke, as well as collaborator Marlette. There are also performances from touring members Jeff Friedl and Elias Mallin (drums) and Phil Buckman (bass).
In an interview with ABC News Radio, Patrick said that the unique album title was inspired by his former drug use.
"In my lifetime, the sun definitely came out at night," he said. "I'm a recovering drug addict and a recovering alcoholic, but when I was taking drugs, there were a few nights where my blood turned into golden, beautiful sunshine. It was all chemical-based, and I knew it was a lie, but it was completely overwhelming, and it was like the sun had come out at night."
Patrick added that the CD deals with some heavy themes, which mirror issues that he's been forced to confront in his personal life. "Right now, I'm in a dark place," he explained. "I personally have been going through some really intense stuff and it's easy to just sit there and write about betrayal and no one listening, you know, so there's a lot of that on the record."