With its debut self-produced album, Short Bus, Filter, founded by Richard Patrick, former founding member and lead guitarist of Nine Inch Nails, burst onto the rock music scene in 1995, unveiling a rough-around-the-edges style all its own. With the hit single, "Hey Man Nice Shot," Short Bus went Platinum. Filter has since released six more albums, punctuated by its current release, The Sun Comes Out Tonight.
Following Short Bus, Filter released the albums Title of Record (1999), The Amalgamut (2002), Anthems for the Damned (2008), The Very Best Things (2009), The Trouble with Angels (2010) and The Sun Comes Out Tonight (2013). With the single “Take a Picture,” Title of Record also went platinum. Patrick, while on a short hiatus, collaborated with Robert and Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots and Ray Luzier of Korn to release the self-titled album Army of Anyone in 2006.
Filter’s distinct style and sound blends Patrick’s rousing howl, hypnotic synthesizers, smoldering guitars, biting lyrics and pulsating drumbeats. Patrick describes music as an interpretive art form, and making art is exactly what they do. Filter has crossed into the television and music side of the entertainment industry, with its songs being used in feature films and television shows like “City of Angels,” “Anger Management,” “The Great Gatsby” (official trailer music), “The Girl Next Door,” “The X Files,” “Dancing with the Stars” and more.
The album The Sun Comes Out Tonight, produced under Wind-up Records, is an eclectic mix of songs about betrayal and the pure evil found in the world balanced with lyrics about light, happiness and love. It is, in many ways, an analysis of the human condition and the sometimes-harsh realities of life.
In addition to recording music and performing for fans around the world, Filter has maintained a longstanding relationship with Stars for Stripes, a nonprofit organization providing entertainment to U.S. service members deployed overseas. Over the years, the band has given multiple performances for troops on military bases in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, underscoring a commitment to making a difference through music.
Check out the official 2015 Stars of the Season trailer here.