Filter gets angry on new The Sun Comes Out Tonight album
The follow up to 2010’s The Trouble with Angels is The Sun Comes Out Tonight, the sixth studio album from Cleveland industrial rockers Filter. The new album heralds the return of producer Bob Marlette, who also produced the previous release. In addition, Marlette had a hand in co-writing some of the new album material along with frontman Richard Patrick and new guitarist Jonny Radtke, whose “rapturous vocals and elegantly furious guitar playing mesh expertly with Filter's ambiance,” according to a news release posted on the official Filter website. The project is described as combining a “synthesis of tools from the band's past and brand new attributes [to] facilitate the stereophonic assault that only Filter circa 2013 can deliver.”
Patrick says he believes in adapting and improvising in the name of achieving results, fully aware of what he's rebelling against. "Let's break the rules, let's put a finger up to the establishment and do something wrong,” he states in the news release. “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."
The lead singer’s perspective is evident on the The Sun Comes Out Tonight lead single, "What Do You Say," currently No. 23 on the Mediabase Active Rock chart. The explosive track features 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.”
Other tracks such as ‘This Finger's For You’ and ‘We Hate It When You Get What You Want’ “seethe with vicious guitar riffs … and captivating choruses that were made to sing along to.” Another of the album's “bright moments of light” is 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. The whimsical ‘First You Break It’ “draws you in with lush guitars and surging harmonies,” while the lyrics to the title track “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.”
“[Wind-up Records co-owner and chief creative officer] Gregg Wattenberg took all of what he loved about early Filter and reminded me of it,” said Patrick. “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." Patrick added the label support made it easy to be “angry” on the new 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 condition."
Filter is currently touring U.S. venues through July on their Summerland tour. A European leg of the tour kicks off August 16 in Switzerland with nearly daily festival shows throughout the month.
Watch the official music video for ‘What Do You Say’ from the new Filter album The Sun Comes Out Tonight.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Richard Patrick was playing guitar with Nine Inch Nails when he formed Filter in 1993 with guitarist/programmer Brian Liesegang. The band was signed to Reprise Records in 1994 and recorded their first album, Short Bus, featuring the single ‘Hey Man Nice Shot.’
* Filter is known for their many soundtrack contributions including Songs in the Key of X: Music from and Inspired by the X-Files, The Crow: City of Angels, Spawn, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, The Stepfather, and the trailer for The Great Gatsby.
* 1999's Title of Record produced Filter’s biggest hit to date with the ballad ‘Take a Picture.’ In 2002, the band released The Amalgamut, which featured the single ‘The Only Way (Is the Wrong Way)—a track also heard in the film Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life and commercials for the Hummer2.
* Richard Patrick's many collaborations and side-projects have reached various corners of rock, industrial, and electronic music with artists such as Trent Reznor, Robert and Dean DeLeo, Ray Luzier, Josh Freese, John 5, The Crystal Method, Danny Lohner, Clayton Worbeck and Wes Borland.
* Filter supported the 2010 release of The Trouble With Angels with a tour across North America and Europe. They also entertained U.S. troops stationed in Kuwait, Iraq, and Cuba's Guantanamo Bay.