Patton Pending: Ex-Faith No More Frontman Preps Five Projects

Two Fantômas LPs and discs with X-ecutioners, Tomahawk and Peeping Tom in the works.

With Mr. Bungle on hiatus, two albums from Mike Patton’s other project, Fantômas, simply aren’t enough to contain his creative juices.
No, not even three impending projects are enough to fill Patton’s seemingly boundless plate. Five endeavors, however — each a complete departure from the last — should be enough to keep the former Faith No More frontman busy … for the time being, at least.

With an expected release this summer, the next Fantômas record comes first on the prolific vocalist’s agenda. The as-yet-untitled LP will feature covers of cinema-made tracks such as Irene Cara’s “Flashdance” classic, “Flashdance … What a Feeling,” as well as songs found in “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” and “The Godfather,” according to Patton’s manager and Ipecac Recordings partner, Greg Werckman.

Another Fantômas album is hopeful for November, as Patton and bandmates Buzz Osbourne (Melvins guitarist), Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle bassist) and Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer drummer) are expected to enter an L.A. studio this summer. Recording could prove difficult if the band instead opts to play summer festivals — both foreign and domestic — which Werckman hinted at as a possibility.

Both Fantômas efforts will be released by Ipecac, as was the group’s 1999 eponymous debut.

Patton will also lend his vocal abilities to former Jesus Lizard guitarist Duane Denison’s underground all-star band, Tomahawk. The pair, along with former Cows/current Melvins bassist Kevin Rutmanis and drummer John Stanier (of Helmet fame), is expected to enter a Nashville studio in May, with the fruits of their labors available in October on Ipecac, Werckman said.

Amid these many collaborations is Peeping Tom, Patton’s main focus and his most commercially accessible project since Faith No More, according to Werckman. Though Patton is currently flying solo on Peeping Tom, bandmates are expected to be added to its lineup.

A Peeping Tom demo, on which Patton played all the instruments, has already garnered the interest of several major labels, said Werckman, who describes the sound as a “mixture of rock, technology, and samples” with the closest comparison being to Beck. Recording is expected to begin in late summer or early fall, with a release in early 2002.

Last on the laundry list is a full-length collaboration between Patton and New York turntablists the X-ecutioners. The all-new material will be put to tape beginning this fall, and a release is also likely in early 2002.