Filter Feature From The Inlander

Loud Quiet Loud

Filter’s Richard Patrick has finally realized he doesn’t have to put his hand through a wall to rock.

Richard Patrick seems a bit unsettled, but that’s kind of how he likes it. Filter, the band that he formed back in 1993, has undergone its fair share of sonic transformations over the years. And those have garnered Patrick a reputation as an eclectic rocker. Their two biggest hits illustrate a dichotomy between industrial rock and shiny pop.

“People still can’t believe ‘Hey Man, Nice Shot’ and ‘Take a Picture’ are from the same band,” says Patrick. “I literally feel like maybe I should do two records next time. One record just literally [like Filter’s industrial debut] Short Bus and the other record totally glisten-y ‘Take a Picture’ stuff.”

Patrick’s industrial roots come from his days as a guitarist for Nine Inch Nails during that band’s formative years. But he and Filter co-founder Brian Liesegang (who was also in Nine Inch Nails) didn’t want to just copy and paste Trent Reznor’s formula, despite how well it was working.

“It’s funny, because half of the stuff we learned from Nine Inch Nails, Brian and I purposefully forgot. Cause we were like, ‘Well, we can’t do that.’”

Short Bus was industrial on a garage-band level, even employing a drum machine because neither Patrick nor Liesegang knew a drummer. The lo-fi soul of that first record is still a point of pride for Patrick, who sees it in cinematic terms.

“When I see a movie like Transformers, where it’s just like extremely glisten-y, shiny, Michael Bay — Nine Inch Nails or other synth projects seem to be like Transformers. And Short Bus was The Blair Witch Project,” he says.

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