Artist Profile Reviews

Mike Patton’s Four Decades of Mind-Bending Music

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

When Mike Patton gets on the phone to discuss his formidable discography, the singer/composer/producer asks a simple question: “Why?” “I’ll be honest—it scares me,” he says of the wide-ranging list of releases, one that includes two very different reunions (Mr. Bungle and Faith No More) as well as several one-and-done stunners that sound unlike anything he’d done before. “It’s like, ‘Jesus, what is this? Am I in the grave already? Why such a haunting retrospective?’” The Ipecac Recordings co-founder is not trying to be difficult. Patton’s just one of those people—a restless perfectionist who’d rather look at the long road ahead than marinate on or mourn the past.