It’s hard to explain just how much this album influenced my musically and got under my skin personally. It’s dark, eclectic, creative, psychedelic, colourful, playful, menacing, and probably Mike Patton’s most nuanced, technical vocal performances, with FNM at least.
Oh please please please please please please please please please. Just played in Malvinas, Argentina.
And here’s a video (actually just a still shot) with better audio.
Y’know the Faith No More gig in Santiago, Chile on November 14? Today the band has revealed two big pieces of news.
1) They’ll be playing the King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime album in its entirety
2) Trey Spruance will play guitar for the gig!
This is huge news! Spruance, genius from Mr. Bungle, Faxed Head and Secret Chiefs 3, played on the King For A Day album but didn’t play on the tour (Dean Menta was the band’s live guitarist during this era, before they hired Jon Hudson for Album Of The Year). King For A Day was a pretty damn influential album for me back in the day and I still give it a spin for a solid three weeks or so every year. If you’re not familiar with it, here are some clips. It’s a much darker, more aggressive, heavy and melodic album compared to the stuff they were better known for from The Real Thing and Angel Dust.
We all know about djent by now – the metal genre named after a specific guitar tone that sounds like ‘djent djent djent’ – but you need only to look at the wah wah pedal to know that guitarists have long been hip to the joys of onomatopoeia. We also talk about ‘jangle,’ ‘crunch,’ ‘chug’ and ‘chunk,’ all words that sound like the things they’re describing. But I think we should go further. I think there should be an onomatopoeia for every sound a guitar makes. So here are a few suggestions.
It’s the sound of a wah wah being used to hover loosely around a specific frequency rather than rocked back and forth to its extremes. It’s almost impossible to make this kind of sound without also making the appropriate mouth shapes. Joe Satriani is the master of this. Check out the video for “Summer Song” for proof, especially throughout the solo that starts at 1:55.
The pickslide deserves its own name. Sure, ‘pickslide’ is how you achieve the sound, but it’s not what the sound is. If that was how we were going to name guitar stuff, you might as well call the wah wah the ‘foot move’ pedal, or call fingertapping …finger …tapping. Oh. Okay, well I guess we need to come up with a new name for fingertapping too. In the meantime, there are some great kiwws in “Rocket” by Def Leppard.
A downtuned open string, hit at a strategic time, and maybe picked a little too hard or with too light a string gauge for the tuning, so the note kind of drifts into tune after starting a little bit sharp. LIke at :05 in Mastodon’s “Oblivion.” “Dude, that riff’s kinda killer but it’d be really killer if you threw in a goong.
“Wakka,” “Wikka,” “Chikka,” “Kooka”
You can achieve a pretty wide range of sounds from a muted clean guitar and a wah wah pedal, but most of them hinge on a “Ka” sound at the end. You can hear a whole smorgasbord of them, a grand buffet of muted clean wah work, in Trey Spruance’s playing during the intro of Faith No More’s “Evidence.”
Got any more?