Filter have announced dates for the Make America Hate Again tour. Their first U.S. tour in 2016 will also include Orgy, Vampires Everywhere! and Death Valley High. Frontman Richard Patrick will bring Filter’s electric live show back to audiences for a two month trek starting April 13 in San Francisco, CA through May 21 in Los Angeles, CA.
Ticket links and VIP package options will be available on the Filter website soon.
Ahead of the release of their new album, Filter have made new single, Take Me To Heaven, available for streaming (listen below) and available for download on iTunes here. A video for the new song is currently in production.
The first single rides a pulse-pounding gallop into an entrancing and ponderous refrain. “I was looking into the eyes of my father when he was passing away, and I held his hand,” Richard recalls. “He glanced at me really quickly, focused on me, had this look of gratitude, and then he slipped away. I was almost like, ‘I hope you’re going to heaven.’ Scientifically, the idea doesn’t make any sense to me, but if there is a heaven, take me there. That’s what happened.”
Ultimately, it all comes back to the fact that Richard remains honest. “I’m completely into this for the music,” he leaves off. “Being yourself is the most important thing. I authentically went places I’d never gone before. That was from my heart. I’m trying to be as genuine as possible to what Filter is. It’s about sounding f–king different, forward, and original.”
Crazy Eyes, the band’s seventh studio album, will be released on April 8 via Wind-up Records. “Filter is the mind,” he exclaims. “It’s your interpretation or my interpretation. Our thing is to look at people’s unexplainable behavior and assess it, using sound. It’s a way to approximate the insanity of the human condition. The reason this record is so f–king heavy and strange is it’s exactly the opposite of what’s popular. It’s not pretty. It’s not cute. It’s real.”
Rather than partner with a producer, he took the reins and oversaw production on the album himself. “You recognize it’s us from my aggression and singing, but the instrumentation had to change,” he admits. “It wasn’t about just stacking guitars like we might’ve done on the last couple records. There are way more electronics and sound design.”
He collaborated with old friends such as the man behind 1999’s seminal platinum-certified Title of Record, producer Ben Grosse [Thirty Seconds To Mars, Marilyn Manson] and Michael “Blumpy” Tuller [Nine Inch Nails]. He also worked closely with new band mates Oumi Kapila [guitar, programming], Ashley Dzerigian [bass], Chris Reeve [drums], and Bobby Miller [keyboards], and former Filter bandmates, Johnny Radke and Danny Lohner. The album was mixed by Brian Virtue (Janes Addiction, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Deftones) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Van Halen, Mars Volta, The White Stripes).
Listen to the playlist that inspired Richard Patrick while he was writing Crazy Eyes here.