Fantomas Rolls Out New Material At San Francisco Show

Fantomas, the metal-noise supergroup featuring Faith No More’s Mike Patton, rolled into San Francisco Thursday night to introduce new material from its upcoming album at a less-than-half-full Slim’s.

It was the same venue where the group made their sold-out debut this past May. The line-up again featured drummer Dave Lombardo of Slayer, Buzz Osbourne of the Melvins on guitar, and bass player Trevor Dunn, who also plays with Patton in the band Mr. Bungle.

The music came from the band’s forthcoming album, which they just finished recording in San Francisco. Broken up into about 30 short bursts of sound, the songs are untitled. Patton doesn’t even call them songs, instead using the term “pages” in reference to the comic book “Fantomas,” which inspired the music and the band. The band performs them in exactly the same order as they appear on the as-yet-untitled album.

Mr. Bungle, meanwhile, is writing material for their next album, to be recorded later this year.


Fantomas is in the midst of a West Coast tour, which kicked off last week with three sold-out shows in Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland. Fantomas heads next to the Troubadour in Los Angeles.