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INTERVIEW: Richard Patrick (FILTER)

March 22, 2016

Levi:

Hey, man, this is Levi calling from Sticks and Stones in Brisbane, Australia. How are you doing, my friend?

 

Richard:

Brisbane, my favorite!

 

Levi:

Really? Oh, you say that at every city.

 

Richard:

No, I love all of Australia so much. It's such a beautiful country. I wish you had a dozen more cities along the outside all the way around so that when we tour, we don't have to take so many planes and pay airlines tons of money to be there.

That's why airlines ... Airlines love bands that tour in Australia, because it's like, "Oh, shit. We've got to fly all over the place."

 

Levi:

Yeah. Well, you were here in 2014 for Soundwave, and the really bad news is that festival, it's been cancelled. It's gone now. This is like, the first time in about 20 years that Australia hasn't had a major music festival that covers rock and metal, so it'd be great to have you guys back. Did you enjoy it last time you were here?

 

Richard:

I did. I wished we ... Honestly, we have seven records, and we have a bunch of soundtrack stuff that we're doing, that we did. You guys deserve an hour and a half concert.

 

Levi:

You know, that's the problem. With festivals, you get half an hour of the band and the sound's not mixed properly, so it'd be great to see a full Filter concert with songs from all the albums.

 

Richard:

Yeah. You need, like ... We need to do a theatre or something, like a nice, big rock club, and we need to get in front of 2,000 or 3,000 people and really do it right, you know?

 

Levi:

Yeah, for sure. Well, you are promoting a new album at the moment. Is there any chance we could see you coming down this way any time this year or next year?

 

Richard:

It's all in how you guys receive it, it's all in how you accept it. I hope the interest continues to build. I haven't done this much press for Australia in a long time, and we just need to keep making it bigger and doing more and doing more things, and hopefully you guys'll bug your promoters and tell them that you want to have us out there. It's all about the fans. Folks, I really want to come.

 

Levi:

Yeah. Well, I've been listening to your album Crazy Eyes, I got sent a pre-order copy. It's a really great album. What I love about it is, every album you do, you guys really sound inspired. You've been doing it for a while, so you're keeping at it. Can you tell us, for people that haven't heard the album, what they can expect?

 

Richard:

It's way more electronic. It's more industrial. There's definitely a heaviness to it.

Lyrically, I want to leave everything up to your imagination, but the world is crazy. The title was inspired by just every time there was a mass shooting, it was somebody with crazy eyes. My wife and I would kind of, "Oh, another one. There's the crazy eyes, look at him." You would see this vacant stare. Adam Lanza, all those guys. They just look bizarre. It's just socially aware, but it's not preachy. It's more of, "This is what hysteria sounds like, this is what anarchy sounds like. This is what riots sound like." It's a punk record done with electronics, but it's not sing-along pop punk, it's real punk, anarchy punk.

 

Levi:

Yeah, no, I really love what I've heard so far, and I'm just speaking of the title, Crazy Eyes. Going back to the early '90s, you actually did a film clip with Nine Inch Nails, I think it was for the song called "Gave Up," it was filmed in the Sharon Tate murder house with the Manson Family. I've always been sort of intrigued by that guy, mostly because he's got some interesting things to say. He seems reasonably intelligent, but he's also a psychopath at the same time. What was that experience like? Was it haunting?

 

Richard:

You know, there's no such thing as haunted houses, but there's definitely such a thing as haunted people. One night, I was there, and I was the only one there. Maybe I smoked a little too much herb or something, and I got a little paranoid or a little freaked out. I got a little freaked out, and I had a hard time falling asleep. The reality is, is, yeah, that was ... Trent had invited me out to go house-shopping with him. We went out, and we were going all over the place. We couldn't find anything.

 

 

At a certain point, we went back to this office, this real estate development office, and they were like, "Well, what do you think of this place?" We were like, "Oh my gosh, this main room's great. There's a lot of open space. You could put a mixing console right here. You know what? What about the guesthouse?" We went out there and we looked at the guesthouse. We're like, "Wow, we could put the whole band in here, the whole big other part of the house." There's this big property, and it's got a great view. You know? We're just like, "Man, this is really great. Who's not renting this?" They're like, "Well, this is bought, and it's going to be moved in. The guy who owns it is Claude Van Damme," Claude whatever, the French actor. (Jean Claude Van Damme)

 

"But, do you want to rent this?" We were like, "Yeah, this is perfect to rent," so we were like, "Wow, this is really great." Then, an assistant called up and said, "Wait a minute, what's the address?" We were like, "I don't know, blahblahblahblahblah Ciela Drive." They were like, "Ohhhh." They sent up a book, we didn't know what the book was, and they were like, "Hey, look at this real quick." They just kind of hid everything, but they had a picture. There was this picture, and it was like, "Oh, that's the front door. Why does it say 'Pig' on it?" We were like, "Oh, my God," and we realized it was the Sharon Tate house, and we freaked out, like, freaked out. We were like, "Oh, my God!" We're, you know, two kids from Cleveland, just freaking out.

 

Then, eventually, it was like, "Holy shit." I go, "Dude, if you don't rent this house with who you are in industrial music and everything that you are, if you don't rent this fucking house, you're a fucking pussy," and he goes, "I know." He goes, "I know, and now I've got to do it. I can't turn this down." I said, "You've got to fucking do it." It was fun. It was a lot of fun. You know, it's just a house. Terrible things happen all over the place.

 

He's another one, crazy eyes.

 

Levi:

Yeah. Yeah, continuing Crazy Eyes, with the election coming up in the USA, and you've got three candidates that seem likely that could win, and they all seem very different. I kind of like Bernie Sanders, and I don't know about Hillary, and Donald Trump seems a bit like a loose cannon. I'm just wondering, who's your preference?

 

Richard:

If Donald Trump is elected president, I want the Australians to build up their army and invade our country from the Fourth Reich. Donald Trump is a racist bigot. He's blaming all of the problems of our country on immigration, which is practically non-existent. That is a non-issue. If it wasn't for newly ... If it wasn't for migrants or immigrant workers, half of his hotels would go out of business. He is a complete lunatic, he's playing on the fears and angers of, I guess you would say bogans or rednecks. He is taking a really dumb part of the population and rallying them up. Intellectual giants like President Obama and Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are so much more qualified to be president, and he is ... There's some Hitler stuff going on with that guy, and he wants to build a wall to wall people out. He's a fool.

 

I don't know what it is about my fellow countrymen, but they're really making asses out of themselves by backing such a ding-a-ling. As my mother would say, she's from the South, my mother says, "Well, that Donald Trump's a ding-a-ling." He is a ding-a-ling. I want to let you know that I'm going to do everything in my power ... I'm probably going to lose thousands of fans, but I'm going to trash him every fucking chance I get.

 

He is a reckless, dangerous, ignorant rich guy.

 

He embodies greed and money and a love for money. Listen, I've got tons of money. I don't fucking care. You know what I mean? I don't fucking care. I have a small house. I don't have a private studio. I don't do any of that crap. I like to make sure that my friends that own studios have business. It's like, you've got to be cool. It's not about owning ten cars. It's not about that. It's like, take what you need, not what you want. He's a want guy, and now he thinks he can be president. He's completely unqualified, he speaks at a fifth grade level, and he riles up a very dangerous part of the United States, a very racist, xenophobic population that has never been outside of their own county. I've been all over the world. I've been to Iraq and Afghanistan. I've been to Denmark and France and England and Australia and Japan. I've been everywhere, and I know that they're just afraid of the unknown. They don't know anything, and he's taking these people and he's getting them all pissed off to the point where they beat each other. They beat protesters. It's not good. It's not healthy. I think when this is over, we'll look back and we'll think to ourselves, "Not anyone should be allowed to run for president, sadly."

 

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