a fist in the face of tradition has been Filter`s modus operandi since the
release of their self-produced debut album, Short Bus. The album`s
rough-around-the-edges production consisted of inebriated answering machine
samples, lavish bass lines, and jagged guitars set to a backdrop of drum
machines punctuated by the unfurling of Richard Patrick`s vocal prowess and
signature roar. Patrick, Filter`s magnetic, profoundly intelligent nucleus and
frontman jubilantly admits that his creative process is unorthodox, whether
he`s staring down and conquering new technology or coalescing with new bandmate
and co-conspirator Jonny Radtke on Filter`s current release, The Sun Comes Out Tonight.
believes in adapting and improvising in the name of achieving results, fully
aware of what he`s rebelling against. He addresses his unconventional methods
with utmost conviction in his voice, "Let`s break the rules, let`s put a
finger up to the establishment and do something wrong. If William Shakespeare
was alive today, he`d be using a word processor. He`d be copying and pasting.
Does that change things? Yeah, but at the same time, it`s flexible and
different. It has to be done." This perspective is evident on The Sun
Comes Out Tonight`s lead single, "What Do You Say", an explosive
track featuring Patrick`s rousing howl, hypnotic synthesizers, smoldering
guitars, biting lyrics, and the triumphant resurrection of the pulsating drum
machines that cemented Filter`s reputation for delivering a distinctive sound
unlike any other band in existence. Patrick laughs, "It`s all drum
machine, just like Short Bus! I like that we`re getting away with something
that`s wrong. There`s almost this notion that someone like Skrillex is less of
a talent because his music centers around making a computer do incredible
things. Music is an interpretive art form."
Only Way (Is The Wrong Way)" isn`t merely a stand-out track from 2002
release The Amalgamut, it`s an integral component of the career Patrick has
fabricated with Filter as a truly capable multi-instrumentalist and vocalist
hell-bent on releasing top-notch material and delivering electrifying, intense
live performances. Patrick`s many collaborations and side-projects have
transcended the boundaries between rock, industrial, and electronic music by
utilizing the talents of musicians Trent Reznor, Robert and Dean DeLeo, Ray
Luzier, Josh Freese, John 5, The Crystal Method, Danny Lohner, Clayton Worbeck and
Trouble With Angels, Filter`s inaugural venture with producer Bob Marlette
culminated in Patrick cleaning the slate and solidifying a new live band
line-up before embarking on tour across North America and Europe in support of
the album. Filter`s affiliation with the organization Stars For Stripes allowed
the band the honor of entertaining US troops on military bases in Kuwait, Iraq,
and Cuba`s Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Patrick, a fervent supporter of the men
and women serving the United States, takes immense pleasure in meeting and
performing for deployed fans; he and his bandmates gained deeper insight into
the lifestyle those serving face on a regular basis when the band survived
rocket attacks in Kirkuk, Iraq.
Sun Comes Out Tonight heralds the return of Marlette in the roles of producer
and co-writer, and marks the introduction of Filter`s newest addition,
co-writer, and guitarist, Jonny Radtke. Hailing from Chicago, Illinois,
Radtke`s rapturous vocals and elegantly furious guitar playing mesh expertly
with Filter`s ambiance. "Jonny is the little brother-slash-guitar player I
never had, he`s just incredibly talented," Patrick affectionately admits.
"Because of his talent and my connection with him, it was such a joy to
make this album, it`s a very inspired record. The chemistry was there. I really
can`t say enough about Jonny." Radtke`s own predilection for rebellion and
versatility are hallmarks of his own one-man musical project, the ethereal
Polar Moon. Prior to joining Filter, Radtke`s guitar styling’s were best known
for gracing the stage with his previous band, Kill Hannah, and the live
incarnation of Ashes Divide, led by Billy Howerdel of A Perfect Circle.
proclaims, "It`s a new guitar player, a new label - we`re so grateful we
signed with Wind-up Records, [label co-owner and Chief Creative Officer] Gregg
Wattenberg is so supportive, the label is amazing; it`s a whole new idea. It
was so easy to be angry on this record, there are songs about betrayal and pure
evil, there`s so much heavy stuff [on this record] but there`s moments of
light, songs about happiness and love. It`s our analysis of the human
"What Do You Say", "This Finger`s For You" and "We
Hate It When You Get What You Want" seethe with vicious guitar riffs,
blasting beats, Radtke`s lilting background vocals, Patrick`s gruff delivery,
and captivating choruses that were made to sing along to. "With our first
single, `What Do You Say`, it`s about all the noise - noise from the media,
people talking and having so much to say but not really listening,"
Patrick thoughtfully states. One of the album`s brightest moments of light
comes courtesy of the shimmering, euphoric "Surprise", a track
reminiscent of the delicate song structure that made runaway hit "Take A
Picture" one of Filter`s most beloved offerings.
whimsical "First You Break It" draws you in with lush guitars and
surging harmonies. The lyrics for "Watch The Sun Comes Out Tonight"
paint an intimate portrait of Patrick`s adventures at age 22 wandering around
under the influence of psilocybin in the chill of Cleveland, Ohio late at
night. "We`d search for things to look at, something that would trigger a
profound thought of some kind," Patrick recalls, "I love writing
about those times; I was young and angry but optimistic at the same time. Gregg
Wattenberg took all of what he loved about early Filter and reminded me of it,
he was like, `you need to get back there and do what you do!`, I`ve always been
about pressing forward and stretching my audience`s imagination but there`s got
to be a point of reflection."
The Sun Comes Out Tonight`s synthesis of tools from
the band`s past and brand new attributes facilitate the stereophonic assault
that only Filter circa 2013 can deliver.