- Filter (band)
Infobox musical artist
Img_capt = Filter in
Kuwaitin 2008, with former band members Frank Cavanaghand Charles Lee
Background = group_or_band
Origin = Cleveland,
Industrial rock Post-grunge Alternative rock Alternative metal
Years_active = 1993–present
Label = Reprise
Nine Inch Nails The Damning Well Army of Anyone He Is Legend Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan
URL = http://www.official-filter.com/
Richard Patrick Mitchell Marlow John Spiker Mika Fineo
Steve Gillis Alan Bailey Geno Lenardo Frank Cavanagh Charles Lee
Filter (commonly typeset as FIL"TER", to fit their logo) is a rock group formed in 1993 in
Cleveland, Ohioby Richard Patrickand guitarist/programmer Brian Liesegang.
Their first album, "Short Bus", was released in 1995. The album was commercially successful, and included the hit single "
Hey Man, Nice Shot". The song was somewhat controversial, as it was seen as capitalizing on the public suicide of Budd Dwyer. [Cite web|url=http://home.nyc.rr.com/alweisel/rollingstonefilter.htm|title=Hit, With a Bullet: Filter’s “Hey Man, Nice Shot”|date=1995-07-13|publisher= Rolling Stone] Kurt Cobain's suicide was widely rumored to have inspired the song, but the band refuted this. [Cite web|url=http://www.2musicgeeks.com/blog/?p=57|title=The 2 Music Geeks Chat with Richard Patrick about R. Budd Dwyer Rumors and "Anthems For The Damned"|date=2008-01-21|publisher= 2musicgeeks.com] In need of a live band to tour the album, Patrick and Liesegang recruited Geno Lenardoon guitar, Frank Cavanaghon bass, and Matt Walker on drums. They would all later be featured in the video for the album's second single, "Dose".
"The Soundtrack EP"
Between Filter's first and second albums, the band became known for their soundtrack contributions, which many fans on the Filter messageboards have dubbed "The Soundtrack EP". The first of these tracks, "Thanks Bro", landed on the "" album. Patrick is a fan of the show, and furthermore, his brother,
Robert Patrick(of " Terminator 2" fame, who can be seen wearing a leather jacket with a Nine Inch Nailspin in several interviews for that movie), even went on to star in the show as John Doggettin its later seasons.
In 1996, Filter recorded and filmed the video for the song "Jurassitol", for "" soundtrack. They also released the home video "Phenomenology" in 1996, which showcased some of the band's live performances and music videos, as well as an interview with Patrick and Liesegang filmed in
Liesegang left in 1997 shortly after recording the Filter/
The Crystal Methodcollaboration "(Can't You) Trip Like I Do" for the "Spawn" movie soundtrack, due to creative differences with Patrick. In 1998, for " The X-Files" film soundtrack, Patrick decided to keep the Filter name and recorded a cover of Harry Nilsson's "One".
"Title of Record"
Patrick continued with 1999's "
Title of Record" with returning members Lenardo and Cavanagh, as well as Steve Gillison drums, [Cite web|url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1428963/19990615/filter.jhtml|title=Filter Readying New Album, Video|date=1999-06-15|publisher= MTV] filling in the gap left by Walker after he left to work with The Smashing Pumpkins. "Title of Record" moved away from industrial rock somewhat, and resulted in the band's biggest hit, the mellow ballad " Take a Picture", along with other lesser-heard singles "Welcome to the Fold" and "The Best Things". The diverse assortment of tracks on the album also had some definite backstory as well. The song "Take a Picture" is about a dispute on an aircraft, when Richard Patrick drunkenly stripped down to his boxers, alarming the other passengers. [Cite web|url=http://www.mtv.com/bands/archive/f/filter/filterfeature99_2.jhtml|title=Filter: Title Of Feature|date=1999-11-02|publisher= MTV] Lyrics include: "I don't believe in...your privacy"; "I feel like a new-born"; and "Awake on my airplane." "Could you take my picture 'cause I won't remember?" is a popular Southern phrase and in this case possibly refers to an alcoholic blackout. The lyrics "Hey, Dad, what do you think about your son now?" refers to the theory that Patrick's father didn't believe he could make it in the recording business and tried to persuade him to pursue another direction. The song "Captain Bligh" (after Vice-Admiral William Blighof the HMS Bounty) was written by Patrick after leaving Nine Inch Nails and was about Trent Reznor's notoriously anti-social habits.fact|date=July 2007 "Miss Blue" is said to have been about Smashing Pumpkinsbassist D'arcy Wretzky. She can be heard on the song "Cancer", and " Take A Picture".
2002 saw the release of "
The Amalgamut", featuring the singles "Where Do We Go from Here?" and "American Cliché". "The Only Way (Is the Wrong Way)" was also featured in the first wave of Hummer2 commercials that year and in the 2003 movie "". Alan Baileywas recruited for live guitar when they set off to tour the album; however, the tour ended abruptly in a matter of weeks when Richard Patrick voluntarily checked himself into rehab. [Cite web|url=http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=6524|title=FILTER Frontman Checks Into Rehab, Band Cancel Tour|date=2002-10-01|publisher= Blabbermouth] He has since tattooed his date of sobriety, September 28, 2002, on his forearm.
Richard Patrick was part of the supergroup
The Damning Well, which has only released one track on the "Underworld" movie soundtrack in 2003, despite an entire album's worth of recording. [Cite web|url=http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=14503|title= FILTER Singer: 'Seriously Loud Motherfuckin' Rock Music!'|date=2003-08-17|publisher= Blabbermouth] Army of Anyone, a side project with drummer Ray Luzierand former Stone Temple Pilotsmembers Robert and Dean DeLeo, released its debut album on November 14, 2006. [Cite web|url=http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=62608|title= ARMY OF ANYONE's Debut Enters Billboard Chart At No. 56|date=2006-11-22|publisher= Blabbermouth]
Former Filter members
Brian Liesegangand Matt Walkerplayed keyboards and drums (respectively) in Billy Corgan's touring band in 2005 to promote his solo album. It was heavily rumored that Geno Lenardo and Frank Cavanaugh were going to be involved with former lead singer of Adema, Mark Chavez, in a band called State of Mind. [Cite web|url=http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=31716|title= FILTER Mainman Says Fans Will Be 'Stunned' By The Group's New Lineup|date=2005-01-19|publisher= Blabbermouth] These rumors proved to be false as Chavez had a band called Midnight Panic, which didn't feature either of the two (Midnight Panic has since disbanded).
"Anthems For The Damned"
On March 7th 2008,
Seiveannounced that Frank Cavanaghhad reunited with Filter and would play as a live member at the operation myspace concert in Kuwait. It was confirmed at Operation MySpacethat he will not be joining Filter on the full tour as he will be shipping off to Iraqin April. The only song played live during the March 10th performance by Cavanagh, now a Sergeant and Paralegal in the U.S. Army Reserve, was the band's first mainstream hit, "Hey, Man, Nice Shot".
When asked about the direction of his music style in an interview with
Suicide Girlson September 13, 2008, Patrick said, "Actually the stuff I’m writing right now for a record that I’m going to release sometime next year is actually way more heavy industrial, more electronic. There’s probably not going to be that many live drums on it." He also announced a remix album to Anthems For the Damned on November 4th, titled "Remix For the Damned". [ [http://suicidegirls.com/interviews/Filter+For+The+Damned Suicide Girls: Filter For The Damned (09/2008)] ]
Richard Patrick– lead vocals, guitar (1993 – present)
Mitchell Marlow– guitar (2008 – present)
John Spiker– bass (2008 – present)
Mika Fineo– drums, percussion (2008 – present)
* There is currently an unknown 5th person playing the programming for the band.
Brian Liesegang– guitar, programming (1993 – 1997)
* Matt Walker – drums, percussion (1995 – 1999)
Geno Lenardo– guitar (1995 – 2002)
Alan Bailey– guitar (2002)
Steve Gillis– drums, percussion (1999–2002)
Frank Cavanagh- bass (1995 - 2002, 2008)
Charles Lee- bass (2007-2008)
*1995: "Short Bus"
Title of Record"
Anthems for the Damned"
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* [http://www.officialfilter.com/ Filter's official web site]
* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=Bo9kvu3tgan1k All Music Guide entry for Filter]
* [http://www.geocities.com/filterdiscography/?200625 Unofficial Filter Discography]
* [http://home.nyc.rr.com/alweisel/rollingstonefilter.htm Hit, With a Bullet: Filter’s “Hey Man, Nice Shot”]
* [http://suicidegirls.com/interviews/Filter+For+The+Damned Suicide Girls: Filter For The Damned (09/2008)]
* [http://www.fabryka.darknation.eu/php-files_en/readarticle.php?article_id=199 Fabryka Industrial Rock webzine interview (03/2008)]
* [http://www.empyrelounge.com/interviews/2008/051508-filter/filter-interview.html EmpyreLounge.com Interview with Richard Patrick (05/2008)]
* [http://www.a-pathetic.net/zine/archives/604 Interview @ SHOUT! Music Webzine (07/2008)]
* [http://www.type3media.com/interviews/filterinterview20080827.html Type 3 Media interview with Richard Patrick and John Spiker (08/2008)]
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