Anyone who has ever experienced Filter in concert knows that Richard Patrick will leave every morsel of his being on stage. After just recently witnessing this first hand on April 20th, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota—[It’s genuine, it’s visceral, it’s real].

Filter’s music combines a monstrous-heavy industrial sound that is deliberately vicious and lyrically inspiring. Be it a lifelong fan or simply a music lover—you will appreciate their latest album Crazy Eyes.

I recently had the privilege to talk with Filter’s frontman, Richard Patrick, who talked about the abundance of freedom in self-producing their latest album, Crazy Eyes. Check out the interview with Richard Patrick below.

Richard Patrick of Filter performing in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 20th, 2016.
Richard Patrick of Filter performing in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 20th, 2016.

Would you say that this is a return to form for Filter, in regards to its heavy industrial sound?

Yeah, I mean… it took a lot for people to let go of their fear. I just want to make music that’s going to be real, authentic, and that comes from a real place. So I said, “This is how we’re going to do it.”

There was this sense of freedom that you got from it, I like heavy—and a lot of it is true to form, with big emerging choruses, stuff like that always makes me super happy! It’s kind of a return to the fact that I’m allowed to do what I want to do, and any crazy idea that I wanted to do, I could do.

Ashley Dzerigian, touring bassist, performing with Filter on April 20th. She has also toured with artists like Adam Lambert, Cee Lo Green, and Elle King.

How did the recording process vary in relation to your previous six studio albums? 

You know, I called up the record company Wind-Up, who is another big contributing factor to all of this. Because when I was 19 or so, I was always able to do what I wanted to do, and the label would pretty much sign off on anything that I wanted do—it was a different era.

With certain music I listened to, it didn’t sound dated and sounded like it could come out today. That was the kind of stuff I was in to, and that’s how I felt. It felt good, that was the beauty of this record, having some faith that you’re not going to have to worry about anything. It’s all a combination of what you want to do as an artist, along with having some faith that you’re not going to have to worry about owing someone something. That kind of sad, “Get on the radio, get on the radio!” kind of mentality. You know what I mean.

The reality is this, I just wanted to have total freedom. This is what I’ve wanted to do for the past 10 years—it’s all about stream of conscious—I don’t want to sing perfectly, and it’s what I want to do. It’s a beautiful thing. This is Filter, and this is what we always do. This is a record that isn’t dated, it can be heard today and understood today.

See you in Minnesota buddy! Rock on!

Filter's leaving it all on the stage.
Filter’s frontman, Richard Patrick, leaving it all on the stage.

My biggest thanks to Filter’s Richard Patrick for taking the time to talk with me. Be sure to catch Filter on their headlining tour [Make America Hate Again Tour] with special guests: Orgy, Vampires Everywhere, and Death Valley High—now through June!

I implore you to check out and listen to Crazy Eyes from beginning to end.