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Mike Patton discusses battling alcoholism through the pandemic

Religion No Extra frontman Mike Patton has spoken about his psychological well being struggles and his battle with alcoholism through the pandemic.

Chatting with The Guardian, Patton mentioned his function in hardcore band Useless Cross and their upcoming sophomore album ‘II’ (out October 28), in addition to the cancelled Religion No Extra and Mr. Bungle reveals.

“This report was cast by COVID, most cancers and alcoholism,” he mentioned, happening to discuss guitarist Mike Crain’s battle with squamous cell carcinoma.

“He’s not the man you’d assume would come down with most cancers. However he did, and numerous that went into the Useless Cross report: numerous bizarre ache and concern. It’s laborious to elucidate, but it surely made the report higher.”

On the pandemic, Patton mentioned: “My preliminary response to the pandemic was: ‘I like this shit!’ It allowed me to be an delinquent motherfucker! I had possibly three months of that: ‘That is fucking superior!’ Then one thing modified – and never for the higher.”

Earlier this summer time, Patton opened up about his psychological well being struggles following the band’s axed tour dates. Final yr, the singer introduced that every one Religion No Extra and Mr. Bungle reveals had been cancelled, citing psychological well being causes.

Patton was recognized with agoraphobia after which started consuming closely. “As a result of I used to be remoted a lot, going exterior was a tough factor to do,” Patton mentioned, “and that’s a horrible factor. And the thought of doing extra Religion No Extra reveals – it was worrying. It affected me mentally. I don’t know why, however the consuming simply … occurred.”

He famous that he has been sober “for some time” and is doing “fairly good,” including, “However I’m additionally afraid. I’m afraid of myself. The band is rock stable and I need to make it possible for I deliver it. There are a number of points happening.”

There are at the moment no plans to reschedule the Religion No Extra reveals, however Patton is planning to tour with Mr. Bungle in South America in December for the primary time because the reveals had been cancelled in 2021.

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