Richard Patrick has approached each new album as a fresh era for Filter ever since he started the group in 1993.
And it's never been more true than with this year's "Crazy Eyes."
Filter's seventh album not only marks the debut of a new band lineup but also the first time Patrick has taken the reins to produce the set himself rather than turning it over to others or working in tandem with somebody else, mostly Bob Marlette. "I wanted to be the main producer this time," Patrick, 47, says by phone. "I had help from a lot of friends, but the main thing was, 'Dude, I have to say what I want to say' and I was the only one that could do that, y'know?"
Patrick calls "Crazy Eyes" a "reality" album, dealing with subjects such as politics, human rights and religion. "I had to say this stuff," explains the former nine inch nails touring member. "I had to talk about the real world. I love pop music and stuff. I think it's fun. My daughter loves Taylor Swift, but Taylor Swift corners the market on lovesick. Something has to offset it.
"There's this weird balance thing you need in life. You have to have the darkness. YOu have to have the pain and suffering and someone to talk about it. Obviously I don't sell as many records as Taylor Swift, but there's an audience for being aggravated, too."
"Crazy Eyes' " sound reflects that attitude, too, returning to the harsher, industrial-flavored music that was part of Filter's earliest releases.
"It was just a feeling in the air," Patrick says. "I love my guitar and I hear my guitar sound being used in all these different bands. But I started realizing that I miss my (synthesizers) and just old school, bizarre sounds that we came up with, so I just got way more electronic this time.
"And of course I'm an angry person when it comes to issues in the world, to the anger kind of came in and it sounded industrial. I said, 'Well, it's Filter. It's industrial. We're doing our own thing.' But I don't feel like we fell back on that; we have to strive forward to make it fresh new, always."
Saturday, April 23. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St.
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