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Filter's fighting the good fight for alternative rock

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Friday, August 15, 2014

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It doesn't have quite the importance, or impact, of some conflicts going on overseas, but Filter's Richard Patrick is waging a war, too.

His enemy; the acoustic neo-folk music of Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers that's been sweeping the pop music world and taking up sonic real estate Patrick feels belongs to harder rock and roll.

"We're just completely sick and tired of banjos and mandolins and all that kind of (stuff)," says Patrick, 46, who started Filter during 1993 after a tenure in nine inch nails. "So we're jokingly saying we're out on an anti-folk revival tour. What I'm doing is bringing other heavy, alternative bands like Helmet and Local H, and we're just laying waste.

"See, to me alternative music was about an alternative to mainstream (stuff), and there's nothing more mainstream than a guy with a...acoustic guitar singing about happy feet, happiness, blah, blah, blah. When alternative started it was Trent (Reznor) and I and Chris Cornell and Kurt Cobain and Rage Against the Machine and everyone was p***ed off and we wanted to say something. Now it's all this just goofy, lame, pretty music, which is ridiculous."

Patrick is doing his part to keep the hard stuff out there. Filter's last album, "The Sun Comes Out Tonight," came out in June of 2013 and has battled the banjos with singles such as "What Do You Say" and "Surprise." He's "very, very proud of the group's sixth album, but at the same time Patrick acknowledges being "much more humbled by the reality of where music is now."

"I know this (album) is awesome,and I feel like I absolutely did my job as a musician making music," he explains. "But it's got that secret, kind of underground feel to it that only a few people are going to get, because the world of mainstream music has turned into just pop s***. The masses are just not hearing it, so I've got to learn to be happy about those who are."


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