Former FAITH NO MORE and current FANTOMAS frontman Mike Patton has told MTV.com that the last four months of his life have been devoted exclusively to finishing the first of three PEEPING TOM records in the works, which is due May 30.
"I'm overjoyed to finally have this out of my hair," Patton said. "It's almost cathartic for me — more than any other project I've had. These projects, they're almost like problems. You have them on your work table and they're really fun for a minute, and then you get sick of 'em and you finish 'em off and move on to something else. This one has lingered for a lot of different reasons."
Elaborating on the reasons for the delay, Patton said, "There were offers from major labels, and I made the grave error of entertaining some of those offers, and that cost me about a year of wining, dining, singing and dancing and ultimately, I was left holding my n—s. And I deserved it. I should have known better."
The initial 11-track PEEPING TOM outing will feature a spate of underground and mainstream experimentalists, including Kid Koala; Odd Nosdam; Doseone and Jel of the Bay Area hip-hop collective ANTICON; Dale Crover of the MELVINS; MASSIVE ATTACK; GORILLAZ beat maestro Dan "The Automator" Nakamura; human beatbox Rahzel the Godfather of Noyze; CYPRESS HILL's DJ Muggs; Amon Tobin; Brazilian chanteuse Bebel Gilberto; Brooklyn's DUB TRIO; DJ Disk of the INVISIBL SKRATCH PIKLZ; and rapper Kool Keith.
"It's very streamlined, very slick — it's a groove record," Patton told MTV.com. "I used programmers and producers from the electronic world and the hip-hop world, in some cases. If there's a sound to [the record], it leans into those worlds. There are simple structures. I'm singing, there's lyrics — to me, it's a pop record. It's something I'd want to turn on the radio and hear."
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