December 7, 2022

There was a lot at stake when it got here to Religion No Extra’s fourth full-length album, 1992’s Angel Mud. The band — singer Mike Patton, guitarist Jim Martin, bassist Invoice Gould, keyboardist Roddy Bottum, and drummer Mike Bordin — was coming off the most important promoting launch of their profession, the double platinum licensed The Actual Factor (which had spawned the rap-rock hit single, “Epic”), and had been embraced by MTV, radio, and the mainstream rock press. Therefore, its follow-up was destined to catapult their profession even greater. Nonetheless, Religion No Extra fairly admirably determined to not placate the plenty.

“We have been in a brand new studio,” remembers Gould in a brand new dialog with Heavy Consequence. “We picked a spot referred to as Coast Recorders in San Francisco [with the producer of FNM’s previous albums, Matt Wallace, once again behind the board], which was an old style recording room that went again to the ’50s. In distinction to the big ethereal room the place have been recorded the earlier two albums [Studio D in Sausalito], this room was tight and punchy. Our gear sounded and felt completely different in there. Additionally, as we have been coming off the success of The Actual Factor, our recording funds had elevated considerably … so we had the posh to e book extra time, and depart time for exploration and experimentation. Previous to that, we had at all times been aware of being ‘on the clock’ and holding our periods as environment friendly as potential.”

There may be an age-old debate regarding “Does friction create nice artwork?” And if you happen to have been to review interviews with the band round this period, it appeared as if Martin didn’t see eye-to-eye together with his bandmates. And Gould was prepared to verify this commentary. “Our writing, our interplay…it had at all times been a bit contentious earlier than this album. Clearly we have been completely different individuals, whose sense of aesthetic and goal didn’t at all times match. However we had at all times managed to work it out in the long run. On this album, we received by means of it. However Jim was not proud of the consequence, it was apparent and he was fairly trustworthy about it. What made it completely different was that this time our points didn’t resolve.”

Due to this, there was a lot hypothesis regarding if Martin provided all of the guitar traces on the album, or if Gould needed to fill-in at sure factors. Once more, the bassist units the file straight, as soon as and for all. “I don’t imagine I performed any guitar that was recorded on that album, except for the guitar line on ‘Midlife Disaster’.”

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