Monday, May 5, 2014

INTERVIEW: The Faint

In late April, The Faint embarked on their first US Tour in over 3 years. Making stops in clubs and venues throughout the nation, bringing their notoriously raucous live show back to the public after their hiatus.

Fresh off the release of their sixth studio LP, Doom Abuse, which is their first since 2008's Fasciination and also their first on their new label SQE. It provides just as much nefarious electronic melodies as their previous works, highlighted within tracks like "Evil Voices" which repeats a chorus of 'Evil voices lie when they say you're alone'.

The group consists of Todd Fink (Vocals, Keyboard), Jacob Thiele (keyboards, backup vocals), Dapose (Guitars), and Clark Baechle (Percussion); in anticipation of their US Tour this Spring, FPT asked members of The Faint some questions.

When you took the break/hiatus, did you expect that you'd be making music as a collective again?  

TODD: I always thought the band would go on forever, then we got sick of it and stopped for three years. I don't know what I thought about our future during that time. All of the sudden we cared again... we just went after it - no end in sight.

How does it feel to be "back" and what did you miss the most?

TODD: I love the process of making music: all of the steps. But what I really missed during the break was playing live: building that energy in the room; living in the music; with lights flashing in your face, drunk, dripping sweat and pulling fog deep into your lungs... you know, living in the moment!

What kept you guys busy during the hiatus; and what inspired you to reconvene and continue making music as The Faint?

CLARK: Todd, Jacob and I started an electronic project called Depressed Buttons. We had fun diving into the electronic world and experimenting with sounds and DJing. Dapose put out a rad noise record called "Positive Feedback". I also toured drumming for Bright Eyes for most of 2011. We kept busy but when we all ended up back in Omaha at the same time, it just sounded like fun to make some new Faint songs. 

What was the creative process like when creating Doom Abuse compared to creating previous albums? What do you hope to accomplish with this album?

DAP: The creative process was all about having fun making this record. The last two albums were too labor intensive and that killed the freshness of our band and made the end result a bit stale. We always got such great complements about our live show and how much more energy people got out of the shows than the albums. So we set up for more live recording on this record. Incorporated first-takes on synth parts and guitar tones and shit. There's a lot of feedback and mistakes that could have been edited out but we didn't want a clean record. 

What do you hope will bring people out to the shows on this tour? What should fans expect?

JACOB: We just love to perform and I think people recognize that. We are always trying to make the lights, video, and sound come together to make it a memorable and inspiring experience. We want to do more than just get up there and play our songs. People should expect a lot of dancing and loss of inhibitions!

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The Faint will make a stop at Metro in Chicago later this month on May 23rd, and have announced Reptar as support for a leg of the tour. Based on The Faint's reputation of a fierce and unyielding live show, it is one you won't want to miss, and fans who thought they'd never see another show from the band, are surely to revel in the opportunity and go absolutely ape shit. Tickets for that show are available here, and the rest of the dates are listed below.

THE FAINT SPRING TOUR DATES

May 6 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ The Culture Room
May 7 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
May 9 - Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Freebird Live
May 10 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Heaven
May 13 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero Theatre
May 14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Willamsburg
May 16 - Boston, MA @ Royale NightClub
May 17 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
May 19 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
May 20 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
May 22 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
May 23 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
May 24 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music CafĂ©
May 27 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
May 28 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
May 30 - Seattle, WA @ Neptune
May 31 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
June 1 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
June 2 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent 
June 5 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
June 6 - Los Angeles,, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
June 7 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
June 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre 
June 11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
June 12 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
June 13 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium

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