Filter leader Richard Patrick wasn't slacking off in the four-year lag
between the band's first album, Short Bus, and the recent follow-up,
Title of Record.
For one thing, the singer said he built a recording studio at the same
time he was involved in a destructive relationship that almost killed him.
" 'It's Gonna Kill Me' was about when I thought that [a woman] was gonna
kill me because she was feeding me so many pills," Patrick recalled Monday
in a Yahoo!/SonicNet online chat. "She was into the [prescription anti-anxiety
drug] Xanax, but I'm not a pill popper, so I saw my way through it."
"It's Gonna Kill Me" (
excerpt) is on Title of Record, which also features the
rock-radio hit "Welcome to the Fold" (
Patrick and company are touring the country on this year's Family Values
tour, the raucous rap-meets-thrash-meets-electronica roadshow headlined by
rockers Limp Bizkit and also featuring Run-D.M.C. and electronic act the Crystal Method.
"Family Values for us has been absolutely f---ing wonderful, a dream come
true," Patrick, 31, said. "It's great touring with them. We can do whatever
we want. [Limp Bizkit singer] Fred [Durst] is overwhelmingly supportive of
Filter. Ten thousand screaming kids a night I couldn't ask for more."
Patrick said he and Durst have already talked about future collaborations. "Fred
and I wanna do a slow, dirty version of Jane's Addiction's 'Jane Says,' "
Patrick and multi-instrumentalist Brian Liesegang founded the aggressive,
metallic Filter in 1993 after Patrick completed a stint as guitarist on
Nine Inch Nails' first tour. The duo's debut, Short Bus (1995), was
recorded in a small house in Cleveland and quickly became a gold record
thanks to the hit "Hey Man Nice Shot" (
Saying he wanted to pursue more electronic sounds, Liesegang left the group
in 1997 just as the single "(Can't You) Trip Like I Do," a collaboration
with the Crystal Method, began to take off. Filter are now
a quartet, with guitarist Geno Lenardo, bassist Frank Cavanagh and drummer
Reports of strained relations between Patrick and Nine Inch Nails
mastermind Trent Reznor were misleading, the Filter leader said. "Trent and
I are friends. And we will work together on a [side] project called Tapeworm,"
Patrick said he delayed production of the new album for about a year and a half
while he built his recording studio, Abyssinian Sun. "But it was worth it
because the album truly surpasses anything that I could've done within that
time," he said.
Patrick's relationship problems during that period inspired more than one
track on the album. "It got so bad that one night I found out that [my
girlfriend] slept with someone else," he said. "I punched through a wall
instead of hitting her and broke my fifth metacarpal. Shattered it, had 17
stitches on my hand, but before I went to the hospital I sang 'I'm Not the
Only One' (
HREF="http://media.addict.com/music/Filter/Im_Not_The_Only_One.ram">RealAudio excerpt). I had an amazing time with that chick, that crazy,
"Listen, I've never felt more love lost [than] in making this record
ever in my life," he continued. "I bared my soul on that record. ... The
only thing that I can do as a singer is to pour my heart into my music,
which makes me real, which is what kids identify with. It's real. Hunter S.
Thompson ... Charles Bukowski, Hemingway those are my favorite
authors; they lived their lives. My job is to live my life and record it in