FNM had been certain that no regrouping would ever take place, until frontman Mike Patton and drummer Mike Bordin attended keyboardist Roddy Bottum's wedding.
But Gould - who was out of the US at the time - tells Metal Hammer's Dave Everley: "I found out they were all hanging out, and I thought that was a little weird.
"The first thing that comes to mind with something like that is, 'Someone needs money.' I had a very negative gut feeling about it. But when you're apart you remember the bad things - when you're together, you remember the good things."
He finally reconnected with FNM over lunch. "I happened to be in LA and they happened to be in LA," he says. "I just thought, 'I've got nothing to lose.' It was the first time we'd all been in the same room since 1999.
"It was much more pleasant than I thought it would be. Being in the room and laughing and telling stories and stuff - it was nice reconnecting." Read more - here.
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