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Filter ‘Make Europe Great Again’ at Heaven

Filter are headed to these shores on their “Make Europe Great Again” tour.

The 25-city trek, which kicks off in Hamburg on 3 June, reaches Heaven in London exactly a month later. Tickets are on sale now at http://officialfilter.com.

Filter – led by founder, singer, guitarist, and producer Richard Patrick – are hitting the road in support of their seventh album, ‘Crazy Eyes’, due for release on 8 April.

“Filter is the mind,” says Patrick. “It’s your interpretation or my interpretation. Our thing is to look at people’s unexplainable behaviour and assess it, using sound. It’s a way to approximate the insanity of the human condition. The reason this record is so fucking heavy and strange is it’s exactly the opposite of what’s popular. It’s not pretty. It’s not cute. It’s real,” adds the musician and producer.

“You recognise it’s us from my aggression and singing, but the instrumentation had to change,” he explains. “It wasn’t about just stacking guitars like we might’ve done on the last couple of records. There are way more electronics and sound design used.”

That’s a result of collaborations with people like producer Ben Grosse (who worked on 1999’s ‘Title of Record’), former Filter members Johnny Radke and Danny Lohner, and his new band mates: guitarist Oumi Kapila, bassist Ashley Dzerigian, drummer Chris Reeve, and keyboard player Bobby Miller.

“Being yourself is the most important thing,” says Patrick. “I authentically went to places I’d never gone before. That was from my heart. I’m trying to be as genuine as possible to what Filter is. It’s about sounding fucking different, forward and original.”

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