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Filter is an alternative rock group formed in 1993 in Cleveland, Ohiomarker by Richard Patrick and guitarist/programmer Brian Liesegang.


Short Bus

Their first album, Short Bus, was released in 1995. The album was commercially successful, and included the hit single "Hey Man, Nice Shot". The song was somewhat controversial, as it was seen as capitalizing on the public suicide of Budd Dwyer. Kurt Cobain's suicide was widely rumored to have inspired the song, but the band refuted this. In need of a live band to tour the album, Patrick and Liesegang recruited Geno Lenardo on guitar, Frank Cavanagh on bass, and Matt Walker on drums. They would all later be featured in the video for the album's second single, "Dose".

Soundtrack work

Between Filter's first and second albums, the band became known for their soundtrack contributions, The first of these tracks, "Thanks Bro", landed on the Songs In The Key Of X: Music From And Inspired By The X-Files album. Patrick is a fan of the show, and furthermore, his brother, Robert Patrick (of Terminator 2 fame, who can be seen wearing a leather jacket with a Nine Inch Nails pin in several interviews for that movie), even went on to star in the show as John Doggett in its later seasons.

In 1996, Filter recorded and filmed the video for the song "Jurassitol", for The Crow: City of Angels soundtrack. They also released the home video Phenomenology in 1996, which showcased some of the band's live performances and music videos, as well as an interview with Patrick and Liesegang filmed in New Mexicomarker.

Liesegang left in 1997 shortly after recording the Filter/The Crystal Method collaboration "(Can't You) Trip Like I Do" for the Spawn movie soundtrack, due to creative differences with Patrick. In 1998, for The X-Files film soundtrack, Patrick decided to keep the Filter name and recorded a cover of Harry Nilsson's "One".

Title of Record

Patrick continued with 1999's Title of Record with returning members Lenardo and Cavanagh, as well as Steve Gillis on drums, filling in the gap left by Walker after he left to work with The Smashing Pumpkins. Title of Record moved away from industrial rock somewhat, and resulted in the band's biggest hit, the mellow ballad "Take a Picture", along with other lesser-heard singles "Welcome to the Fold" and "The Best Things". The song "Take a Picture" is about a dispute on an aircraft, when Richard Patrick drunkenly stripped down to his boxers, alarming the other passengers. The song "Captain Bligh" (after Vice-Admiral William Bligh of the HMS Bounty) was written by Patrick after leaving Nine Inch Nails and was about Trent Reznor's notoriously anti-social habits. "Miss Blue" is said to have been about Smashing Pumpkins bassist D'arcy Wretzky. She can be heard on the songs "Cancer", and "Take A Picture".

The Amalgamut

2002 saw the release of The Amalgamut, featuring the singles "Where Do We Go from Here?" and "American Cliché". "The Only Way (Is the Wrong Way)" was also featured in the first wave of Hummer2 commercials that year and in the 2003 movie Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Alan Bailey was recruited for live guitar when they set off to tour the album; however, the tour ended abruptly in a matter of weeks when Richard Patrick voluntarily checked himself into rehab. He has since tattooed his date of sobriety, September 28, 2002, on his forearm.

Side projects

Richard Patrick was part of the supergroup The Damning Well, which has only released one track on the Underworld movie soundtrack in 2003, despite an entire album's worth of recording.

Army of Anyone, a second supergroup, side project with drummer Ray Luzier and Stone Temple Pilots members Robert and Dean DeLeo, released its debut album on November 14, 2006.

On August 25, 2008 Richard Patrick wrote an editorial, Talking About War, for the Huffington Post. He has since started writing a column, called Filtering The Truth, for Suicide Girls. His first post, about politics and religion, was posted on Election Day 2008.

Former Filter members Brian Liesegang and Matt Walker played keyboards and drums (respectively) in Billy Corgan's touring band in 2005 to promote his solo album. It was heavily rumored that Geno Lenardo and Frank Cavanaugh were going to be involved with former lead singer of Adema, Mark Chavez, in a band called State of Mind. These rumors proved to be false as Chavez had a band called Midnight Panic, which didn't feature either of the two (Midnight Panic has since disbanded).

Anthems For The Damned

As Army of Anyone wound down, Patrick began working on material for a new Filter album, to eventually be titled Anthems for the Damned. Released to the public in May 2008, it was more serious in tone than some expected and expresses more of his mixed emotions regarding the state of the world and the state of his life. So far, critical reaction has been mostly mixed.

Operation: MySpace

On March 7 2008, Seive announced that Frank Cavanagh had reunited with Filter and would play as a live member at the operation myspace concert in Kuwaitmarker. It was confirmed at Operation MySpace that he will not be joining Filter on the full tour as he will be shipping off to Iraqmarker in April. The only song played live during the March 10th performance by Cavanagh, now a Sergeant and Paralegal in the U.S. Army Reserve, was the band's first mainstream hit, "Hey, Man, Nice Shot".

Current and Future Releases

When asked about the direction of his music style in an interview with Suicide Girls on September 13, 2008, Patrick said, "Actually the stuff I’m writing right now for a record that I’m going to release sometime next year is actually way more heavy industrial, more electronic. There’s probably not going to be that many live drums on it."

Patrick also announced a remix album to Anthems For the Damned on November 4, titled Remixes For the Damned. Remixes For the Damned was released on November 21, 2008 in the U.S.marker and Canada. The remix album was released internationally on December 1, 2008. The lead-off single was "I Keep Flowers Around".

A greatest hits album entitled The Very Best Things was released March 31, 2009. Featuring tracks from all the studio albums, mostly from Title Of Record. There are 14 tracks total, with some tracks being radio edits.

Richard Patrick and Brian Liesegang have been working on a song for a movie coming out in late 2009. Richard Patrick has stated on the Filter website that he has been doing great things for movies recently.

New Untitled Record

Filter is currently working on an untitled fifth album. This album, as said by Richard Patrick, is a lot heavier and is to have a song written for the Amalgamut on it. Some song titles that have been rumored for the new album are Cutter, Drug Boy, and Tried to Trust. The album is being produced by Bob Marlette.

The Stepfather OST

Filter covered the song "Happy Together" by The Turtles for the soundtrack to the movie The Stepfather (2009). The song features ambient sound with alternative metal. It can be heard on their myspace profile.

2012 OST

Filter contributed a new song "Fades Like a Photograph" for the soundtrack of the movie 2012 (2009). The song has a similar lyrical mood as "Take a Picture" and saw Patrick reuniting with former Filter co-conspirator, Brian Leisegang, who co-produced the track.



  • Richard Patrick – lead vocals, guitar (1993 – present)
  • Mitchell Marlow – guitar (2008 – present)
  • John Spiker – bass (2008 – present)
  • Mika Fineo – drums, percussion (2008 – present)


  • Brian Liesegang – guitar, programming (1993 – 1997)
  • Matt Walker – drums, percussion (1995 – 1999)
  • Geno Lenardo – guitar (1995 – 2002)
  • Alan Bailey – guitar (2002)
  • Steve Gillis – drums, percussion (1999–2002)
  • Frank Cavanagh - bass (1995 - 2002, 2008)
  • Charles Lee - guitar (2003-2006)


See also


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  3. Suicide Girls: Filter For The Damned (09/2008)

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