Mike Patton discusses the fight against alcoholism during the pandemic

more faith leader Mike Patton opened up about his mental health struggles and his battle with alcoholism during the pandemic.

Talk to The GuardianPatton opened up about his role in hardcore band Dead Cross and their upcoming second album “II” (out Oct. 28), as well as the cancellation of Faith No More and Mr Bungle shows.

“This record was forged through COVID, cancer and alcoholism,” he said, going on to talk about guitarist Mike Crain’s battle with squamous cell carcinoma.

“He’s not the guy you would think would have cancer. But he did, and a lot of that went into the Dead Cross record: a lot of weird pain and fear. It’s hard to explain, but it made the record better.

Of the pandemic, Patton said, “My initial response to the pandemic was, ‘I love that shit! It allowed me to be an antisocial bastard! I had maybe three months like this: ‘This is fucking awesome!’ Then something changed – and not for the better.

Earlier this summer, Patton opened up about his mental health issues after the band’s canceled tour dates. Last year, the singer announced that all Faith No More and Mr. Bungle shows had been canceled, citing mental health reasons.

Patton was diagnosed with agoraphobia and subsequently began drinking heavily. “Because I was so isolated, coming out was a hard thing to do,” Patton said, “and it’s a horrible thing. And the idea of ​​doing more Faith No More shows — it was stressful. affected me mentally, I don’t know why, but the drinking just…happened.

He noted that he had been sober “for a while” and was doing “pretty well”, adding, “But I’m also scared. I’m afraid of myself. The group is rock solid and I want to make sure I bring it. There are a few ongoing issues.

There are currently no plans to reschedule Faith No More shows, but Patton plans to tour South America with Mr. Bungle in December for the first time since the shows were canceled in 2021.

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