Published Jan 29, 2010We've suspected for a long time that eccentric and prolific vocalist Mike Patton was just creating a library of strange work that would culminate in something really weird. Sure, Faith No More are pretty darn quirky, and Mr. Bungle are strange, yes. Then there's Lovage, which we'd call "really odd," some antisocial solo material, Peeping Tom (so normal it's weird), and Fantômas, who are just fucked up. All of which makes Tomahawk seem positively straight-laced.
Anyway, the point is that it seems as if his whole oddball career has been building up to this moment: Ipecac Records has confirmed to Exclaim! that Patton is currently working on a long-delayed album of reinterpretations of Italian pop songs, sung in Italian, with an Italian orchestra.
The project is called Mondo Cane, and while a label representative told us there is no release date yet, the Mondo Cane page linked to above says the album will be out in April. We'll see, but we do know this: Patton is currently in the studio recording.
More information on this intriguing project as it becomes available. In the meantime, check out this video clip for a taste of the madness to come: