Mike Patton Has Two New Projects

As the Dead Cross press heats up we’re finding out more about Mike Patton’s new projects.  We now know about two new projects and the future of Faith No More.

As interviews continue for the upcoming Dead Cross album, there is more and more conversation about the other projects that Mike Patton is currently working on. As part of a recent Rolling Stone interview, it was revealed two new projects that we haven’t heard about. The first project is a film score, and the second is an album of orchestral ballads.

Mike Patton’s Film Score for ‘1922’

The first project that is the film score for an upcoming film titled 1922.  1922 is a being created for Netflix and is based on a Stephen King novella.  The story is set in 1922 and is about a Husband convincing his son to help kill his wife/mother, and the aftermath of her death.  According to Patton “It’s more haunting and Hitchcock-y than you might think”.

Alongside Mike Patton on the film is Zak Hilditch as Director and co-writer, and Thomas Jane (recently in The Expanse and in the upcoming Predator remake) and Molly Parker (House of Cards and Deadwood) in the lead roles.

1922 will premiere at Fantastic Festival in September 2017.

Orchestral Ballads with Jean-Claude Vannier

The second project that we’re now expecting from Patton is an album of Orchestral Ballads.  We expect that this will be almost a mix between the styles of Patton’s Mondo Cane and Lovage. Patton has been collaborating with French composer Jean-Claude Vannier, who worked with Serge Gainsbourg on his 1971 concept album Histoire de Melody Nelson.

Describing the album as “Very, very lush,” Patton says  he’s “doing a lot of crooning in different languages, and the instrumentation is all over the map.” And when asked if the album will it contain Gainsbourg’s signature sexy lyrics “There are plenty of those, don’t worry,” Patton said. “They just don’t sound so sexy in English.”

This won’t be Patton’s first foray into Serge Gainsbourg’s territory.  He recorded a cover of “Ford Mustang” for a John Zorn compilation album, Great Jewish Music: Serge Gainsbourg (1997). Additionally, the Lovage album cover pays homage to Gainsbourg’s second album “No. 2”.

Listen to Mike Patton sing Serge Gainsbourg

The Future of Faith No More

New Faith No More material still seems like a possibility  with Patton describing Faith No More as an “open-ended book,” so “if something happens, you’re pleasantly surprised”

You can read the full Rolling Stone interview here.


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