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TM - Hi, this is Amelia and Elizabeth and we are here with Richard Patrick from Filter. Thank you for having this interview with us today we appreciate it.

RP - Thank You for this interview, I appreciate it.

TM - You are coming to Australia, what can fans expect from your tour?

RP - We are primed and ready, we are rocking and it is a great version of the band. We just got off tour with Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper and Ministry on the Freaks on Parade tour. We were solid as hell and received no bad reviews. I think everyone was blown away and I was really happy. We are going to bring our show to Australia and play a selection from all our eight records and especially songs from Short Bus and The Amalgamut, it is going to be awesome. I am looking forward to getting back to Australia because I love Australia.

TM - Is there anything you are looking forward to seeing in Australia besides touring?

RP - Of course, I want to see a koala and some Tasmanian devils and I would like to see the Opera House in Sydney. I would love to go to the outback, but I don't think we will have time.

TM - It is a bit far away.

RP - It is a bit crazy because most of the time when you are not hanging out at the venue you are flying and everything is so far away. In the United States, you can hit the East Coast you can hit a bunch of cities just on the East Coast alone but in Australia everything is so spread out for the major cities and you have to fly everywhere, you have to spend a lot of your time on an aeroplane.

TM - You were just on tour with Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and Ministry, what's your favourite memory from that tour?

RP - Trying to wrangle all the lead singers for one picture and I kept them asking the managers if we could get a photo with Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and Al Jourgensen at the same time, and they finally decided to do it. It was the second last day, and it was like wrangling cats. It was pretty amusing to see management deal with it. It was hard to find everyone at the same time, everyone was off in their own places, and it was hard to track everyone down but we did it.

TM - That's cool, to have everyone in one photo.

RP - My cousin's house burnt down and he lost all his rock memorabilia so I had Alice Cooper sign one of his canes and sent it to my cousin and it blew his mind. I had a fun time watching all the bands. I am a fan of Rob and he has monsters and robots and lasers and all types of stuff coming out of their eyes, it was a blast. My favourite is the robot from his song 'More Human Than Human'.

TM - You recently bought out your new album The Algorithm, how did fans respond?

RP - The fans love it and we are celebrating an amazing reaction. We had great reviews on our new record so I am all about promoting it getting it out there and bringing it with me when I come to Australia.

TM - What was your writing and recording process on your new Album?

RP - It was wild, a lot of it was at my studio where I am right now and a lot of it was friends drop-boxing it in. I had this friend Zack that I saw online, I saw him on Instagram and he was amazing and I said I wanted to sing over that and he sent me the tracks and that was for the song 'For The Beaten'.

I also had a friend Sam who wrote three songs. Mark Jackson, Ian Scott and I wrote 'Obliteration' and it was a lot of fun. There were a lot of friends that helped but it's cool because I built up my own studio so a lot of the work was done here. I co-produced it with my friend Brian and it was cool to sit back and do the things I used to do when I was recording in my early twenties and focus on what I would have done in my early twenties. I would make records back then and I just focused on that. I had a lot of fun making it and it was easy to make.

TM - How did you come up with your album cover?

RP - I always thought of the concept, what if this astronaut went to Mars and came back and the whole earth was destroyed and he was the last human to come back to Earth and find it like the Apocalypse. the record cover is just about the astronaut, that is lonely and returns to Earth and discovers Mayhem.

TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs, what band would it be, what song would it be and would it be in your style or their style?

RP - I am a huge U2 fan, I would love to hear them play "Take A Picture". That would be amazing and they could play in their style.

TM - What's your favourite memory of watching someone else perform live, can you tell us a story?

RP - I would have to say it was seeing U2 in Chicago a month after 9/11. We needed some Bono and some love and they paid homage to people who had lost their lives. They played MLK and 'Where the Streets Have No Name' it was quite moving and he had the American flag stitched into his leather jacket and he revealed it half a through the song. The crowd went nuts and it was incredibly powerful and amazing the way they did it. It was kind of a risky move on Bono's half, it's bringing up a touchy subject of politics but it was a moving tribute and I was blown away.

TM - What was your first memory of seeing a band live?

RP - My first memory was seeing Neil Diamond in 1977 in Ohio. It was wild and there was a moment where he was looking in my direction and I thought he was looking into my soul. I was like oh my God he's looking straight at me, this is cool.

TM - Did he inspire you to play music?

RP - Absolutely when I was 6 years old I listened to the 'Hot August Night' soundtrack and I asked my mom for a guitar to this day I am a Neil Diamond fan.

TM - Is there anything else you want to say to your fans?

RP - Check us out, it has been a while since we have come to Australia. We have been rebuilding the band and we have a brand new album called 'The Algorithm'. We are looking forward to coming to the shows and seeing everyone.

TM - Thank you for having this interview with us today we appreciate it.


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‘Hey Man, Nice Shot’:

‘Where Do We Go From Here’:


New single ‘Obliteration’:

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