In a brand new interview with Australia’s Loud magazine, FILTER frontman Richard Patrick revealed that the band’s upcoming seventh album, “Crazy Eyes”, was inspired largely by controversial Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. He said: “The whole record is about his fucking lunacy. It’s an anti-Trump record… We all fucking know that he’s Hitler 2.0. He’s dividing the country, he’s doing all the tell-tale signs of Hitler‘s. He’s taking everybody and getting them mad at brown people. Whether you’re an immigrant from Mexico or you’re Muslim, he’s just getting everybody riled up, and he’s dividing the country. Unfortunately, for him, there’s a buttload of people, like us, like me and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and all the other Democrats that have been backing Barack Obama this whole time. The Republican Party is absolutely for scorn and full of shit. They are dastardly, desperate people and they need to be stopped. And that’s that.”
He added: “Yeah, the record is about the hysteria that I see in the world. We’ve got riots up here, we’ve got cops shooting black people while they’re running away, in the back. We’ve got all kinds of stuff going on, and it’s not right. Listen, Justin [Timberlake], Adele and all those people are singing about how lovesick they are, and how much they love. They’ve got love songs and the sugary pop stuff down. So I’m going to let them do that and I’m going to be the exact opposite, and be strange, weird and heavy, and fucking dig a deeper hole for myself. Because I’d rather be underground and real than full of shit.”
“Crazy Eyes” will be released on April 8 via Wind-Up Records. The follow-up to 2013’s “The Sun Comes Out Tonight” was produced by Patrick.
On “Crazy Eyes”, Patrick collaborated with old friends such as the man behind 1999’s seminal platinum-certified “Title Of Record”, producer Ben Grosse (THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS, MARILYN MANSON), and Michael “Blumpy” Tuller (NINE INCH NAILS). He also worked closely with new bandmates Oumi Kapila (guitar, programming), Ashley Dzerigian (bass), Chris Reeve (drums) and Bobby Miller (keyboards), plus former FILTER bandmates Johnny Radke and Danny Lohner. Mixing, meanwhile, was taken care of by Brian Virtue (JANE’S ADDICTION, THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS, DEFTONES), with the mastering handled by Howie Weinberg (VAN HALEN, THE MARS VOLTA, THE WHITE STRIPES).