Season 4 of The Newport Record Club with Faith No More

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“Faith No More were always the odd ones out and this album, King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime, really set them apart. They escaped all the labels and genres they were being associated with and established themselves as a monster of their own creation” – Laith Tierney.

Returning to the scene with a new album only just last year, American rock band Faith No More have wielded a kind of enduring influence, power and aggression like no other. Over a 30-plus year career, Faith No More created an ever-evolving, funk-inflicted sound that still has a massive impact on alternative rock and metal music today.

As the underground superstars of their time, this 5-piece were notorious for their high-energy, often bizarre and unpredictable live shows, raising the bar for front man showmanship to a whole new level. Taking to the term ‘alternative’ and still making it their own, Faith No More created music that weaved past all trends and influenced countless acts to follow including Slipknot, System of a Down, Korn and so many more. Now, you can experience a little Faith No More magic at The Newport Record Club.

Faith No More | The Newport Record Club

Join the Record Club

The Newport Hotel’s exclusive Record Club recognises some of Western Australia’s most iconic and beloved musicians. Boosting the local music scene in a very promising light, the next evening of Season 4 pays tribute to Faith No More’s King for a  Day, Fool for a Lifetime. Joining together specifically for this special night, Laith No More – featuring some of Perth’s most recognised talent – will be performing the classic record in all its entirety Thursday 25th February, 2016.

You can read more about The Newport Record Club and Co-Founder’s Steve Parkin and Malcolm Clark’s insight into the juicy details here or make sure you visit the event page for the Faith No More show here.

Each week for the season, the Record Club will showcase leading musicians live on stage playing a diverse range of classic albums from legendary artists including Blondie, Billy Joel and Rage Against the Machine. Stay tuned to find out more.

The Boys Behind Laith No More

Formed specifically to recreate Faith No More’s legendary album, Laith No More is made up of local Perth talents.

“I’ve been performing on Perth stages since 2002 back when I was 16”, says Tierney. “You might have seen me fronting Fear Of Comedy, the Bible Bashers or one of the many bands I was involved in at Devilles Pad. I was working there in 2014 and 2015 as a DJ and MC, eventually I started putting together a house band and would ask the best players I could find to join me…”

…”This is how I came to meet Russell Loasby (drums) and Karl Hiller (guitar). Russell’s played in a ton of Perth bands like Capital City and The Autumn Isles and he’s the go to guy if you ever need a good drummer in Perth. Karl is a member of many bands too, and does a lot of session work on the side. You might have seen him with Odette Mercy, Wormhole, Grace Barbe or The Witches. I’ve been working with them since the Devilles Pad days as The Space Needles”. 

“Yaegar on keys, and I have been working together since 2012 when he joined Fear of Comedy. Together we formed the electronic production duo LYTS and have been self recording and producing music since 2013. Yaegar had been working in the hip scene for years before that”. 

“It’s my first time working with Giles Low on bass, but if you ever saw Bat Country play, you’d know his bass skills are terrifying. Within minutes of hearing him play, my pants filled with joy! Getting to work with these guys like this is an incredibly enjoyable experience”. 

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Faith No More’s Ultra-Brilliance

Making an even bigger impression for their fifth studio album King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime, Faith No More stretched their already elastic sonic boundaries to venture into weird and wonderful places. Having already established themselves as unpredictable beasts in the industry, this album made it even more difficult to categorise them into just any music genre.

Oozing quality rock songs, aggressive snappiness and metallic hardcore crunch tracks, King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime is energetic, blood pumping and soulful all at once. With funk-jazz influences, heavy metal linings, epic rock riffs and blood-curdling screams the record showcased a greater variety of the band’s sound.

Faith No More at The Newport Record Club

“My best friend introduced me to King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime when I was 15 or 16. We’d hang out and listen to it whilst drinking and smoking weed”, says Tierney. “I don’t think a week has gone by since without me giving it a spin. For me it was a big part of learning to play music, it inspired me and Patton’s vocal style and lyrics taught me a lot”.

“Faith No More were always the odd ones out and this album really set them apart. They escaped all the labels and genres they were being associated with and established themselves a monster of their own creation. With King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime; the band simultaneously become dark and aggressive, classy and playful. That’s not an easy thing to do! How do you go from screaming about fecal matter like you’ve lost your mind in Cuckoo for Caco, to Take This Bottle, the most beautiful and depressing song about alcoholism ever written!”

“I think this album struck a chord with people, at the very least it’s a perfect example of a band going in the direction that THEY want to go in… and that’s the only direction you should go in, your own”. 

“Faith No More are one of my favourite bands of all time and I have to say this is my favourite album ever. It never leaves the car. I’ve been lucky enough to be compared to Mike Patton from time to time, and so it made sense to try and tackle it. More than anything – it’s so god damn fun playing your favourite album!”

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King for a Day at The Newport Record Club


“It’s so great to finally join in on the Record Club fun! Many of my friends and band mates of mine have already performed at the club before, so I’m a little late to the party! The whole thing though is a great experience for both fans and performers alike, because the performers are there as a fan also…”

“This Thursday night, you can expect a religious experience! This is an album with something for everyone, you can bang your head, you can get out your lighter and sway and you can have a laugh with it. I know I intend to bring my a-game as a front man, so if you want to see someone jump around like an idiot, get yourself a ticket!”

“We will be doing an encore of greatest hits, so if this isn’t your favourite Faith No More album – don’t have a midlife crisis, we do care a lot!!!”

Season 4 of The Newport Record Club has so many quality albums and artists to look forward too so make sure you stay tuned on the Toward Music blog for what you can expect each week and follow The Newport Record Club on Facebook for all the latest updates. There’s only 4 more shows left for this season, so get down to the Record Club this week to experience its magic!


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