When Richard Patrick put Filter on ice five years ago, he was an alcoholic mess — but decided not to make a habit of it.
So he went to rehab and spent time in
another band, Army of Anyone, which he formed with Stone Temple Pilots’ Dean and Robert DeLeo. But Patrick still felt the pull of his old band and has
resurrected it with new members and a new album, “Anthems For The Damned.”
“Filter’s my legacy. Filter’s my thing,” says Ohio-born Patrick, 40, who left Nine Inch Nails to start the group in 1993 and scored hits with songs such as “Hey Man, Nice Shot” and “Take a Picture.” “It’s an easy band to do. I’m proud of it, and it’s always been there for me.
“So I’m dedicating my life to getting Filter back to where it should be.”
“Anthems For the Damned” certainly picks up where its predecessor, 2002’s “The Amalgamut” left off. “A Filter record sounds like someone’s iPod,” Patrick notes, and “Anthems ...” indeed ranges from hard-hitting anthems like “Soldiers of Misfortune” to more melodic fare such as “What’s Next” and “Hatred is Contagious.” Guests include guitarists John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie) and Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit), as well as drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, Guns N’ Roses).
And Patrick — whose wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, daughter Sloan, in February — is certain his sobriety has helped make Filter even better than it was before.
“You wake up every day now and you’re like, ‘Hey, this is normally where I’d be really hung over and irritated,’” he says. “Now I can be, ‘Let’s get some work done’ and generally work on the music without feeling a lot of time constraints or anything.
“It’s just so easy now. I went to voice lessons. I learned how to do things with my voice that I couldn’t when I was hung over and smoking and drinking all night. Now I can sing perpetually as opposed to the one magical time when it would work before. Just not being toxic all the time is really conducive to creativity.”
Filter and Red perform Friday (May 16) at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak. The WRIF Rock Girl Finals also will be held. Tickets are $18. Call (248) 399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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