As alt-metal trailblazers Faith No More unleash Sol Invictus, their first album in 17 years, stalwart guitarist Jon Hudson explains what took so long...
Reunited and it feels so good
How did the reunion lead to Sol Invictus?
“Writing and recording wasn’t up for discussion during the reunion tour; we simply went out and played the existing material for several years, and we had no intention of doing anything else at that point. Although I don’t think anyone else in the band had said, ‘Well, we’re never gonna make another record or write another song.’
What gear did you use on the album?
“I always have the setup I use live. I use Marshall heads and cabinets. I have a couple of JCM800s: one’s a stock reissue, which I use live, and I have an older mid-80s 800, too, and I have an older 1980 JMP head. Between those three, we used the reissue the most. They’re all 100-watters, and the cabinets have Vintage 30s and 75-watt Celestions.
Loving Les Pauls
What bonds you to Les Pauls?
“I’ve got all my bases covered with that guitar. I had been using Yamaha [SG models] live years ago with the band, because it was a cross between an SG and a Les Paul, tone-wise. I like mahogany-bodied guitars a lot, and the set-neck mahogany body sound just works with this band, more than, say, a Strat with a bolt-on neck and humbuckers.
Keeping it interesting
Faith No More are a band who are famed for their versatility. Where do you think that comes from?
Following the footsteps
Do you ever want to change up your predecessors Jim Martin and Trey Spruance’s parts?
Finding the Faith
There’s never been a clear explanation of how you came to join the band in the first place - care to tell our readers the full story?
“I was in a band in San Francisco called Systems Collapse, and the keyboard player knew Bill and the other guys, so I met Bill when Faith No More was out touring The Real Thing. It was becoming apparent that things weren’t working out with Jim after the Angel Dust tours, so I wasn’t surprised when they agreed to part ways.