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The Faint

Omaha, NE's the Faint have gone through countless changes in their relatively short career, but with each shift, both in terms of personnel and style, they have made a distinct new impression and turned more and more heads. Originally called Norman Bailer and featuring current members Clark and Todd Baechle (later he changed his name to Todd Fink, after marrying future Saddle Creek recording artist Orenda Fink of Azure Ray), as well as bassist Joel Peterson, the group's early years were a mix of lo-fi pop and tongue-in-cheek easy listening with a touch of punk rock ideals borrowed from their early skateboarding days. Along with a prepubescent Bright Eyes and a recently formed Cursive, the band was one of the seeds that spawned the explosive Omaha scene as well as a flagship act for the highly regarded Saddle Creek Records.

A very limited cassette release and a few tracks on split 7"s and samplers were the band's only output, but the spark was there, and after adding Matt Bowen to the mix, the Faint proper first came into being around 1998. Media, the group's first full-length, was still a far cry from their later sounds, but the record was a fitting introduction to the band that featured a bevy of conflicting sounds, from new wave-inspired pop to Lullaby for the Working Class-style acoustic dirges. It wasn't the perfect record, but it was an inspired start that gave the band a good idea of what they were, and more importantly were not, striving for. In the wake of Media, the band set out to add something special to their live show, and in the course of the year, Bowen left the band and Jacob Thiele joined up to add the all-too-important keyboard sounds into the mix.

Early 1999 saw the band re-enter the studio with a new agenda, focusing on danceable beats, catchy keyboards, and an '80s-influenced sound that both revered and reinvented the past. The result was Blank-Wave Arcade (Saddle Creek), a pulsating record about sexuality, transportation, and mass consumption that instantly attracted hordes of new fans who were blown away by the group's distinctive new sound. The new material, along with a seizure-inducing D.I.Y. live light show and incorrigible on-stage energy, created a major buzz, and soon the Faint were revered as the second coming of new wave genius. A series of remixes on both a limited-edition LP and a tour to support a CD from Insound furthered the hype, and by the time the Faint entered the studio yet again in early 2001, the buzz had grown to a resounding roar.

In August of 2001, the group released its third LP, Danse Macabre (Saddle Creek), a somewhat darker exploration of the styles hinted at on Blank-Wave Arcade. They also added a guitarist by the name of Dapose (born Mike Dappen), whose death metal past worked perfectly with the gloomy, but still oddly upbeat, sentiments of the new record. The disc was released to instant acclaim and almost immediately became one of the label's best-selling titles. The Faint followed it up with even more touring and also found the time to release the Mote/Dust 12" (GSL) in October of 2001, featuring two more remixes, a Sonic Youth cover, and a new track featuring Bright Eyes songsmith Conor Oberst. The band was all quiet on the recording front until March of 2003, when they released an album of remixes from Danse Macabre called, strangely enough, Danse Macabre Remixes. The disc featured remixes by artists like Paul Oakenfold, Photek, and Medicine. They followed this up with Wet from Birth, which was released in fall 2004. The band remixed "Meet Your Master" from Nine Inch Nails' Year Zero, while bassist Joel Peterson reworked Of Montreal's "Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games" under his Broken Spindles alias. The Faint built their own studio, named Enamel, and formed their own label, Blank.Wav, on which they released Fasciinatiion in summer 2008. Doom Abuse, the band's fifth long player, followed in 2014. ~ Peter J. D'Angelo, Rovi
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Comments

sentient_god
+++++
Love Love Love The Faint!! :D
The Beatles were the beginning of everything music could be and The Faint is exactly what they wanted out of the world.
The guys are timeless. Were way ahead of their time..
I did not they were from Omaha.I am from Omaha.woo Hoo!
SO EXCITED TO SEE THE FAINT NEXT WEEK!!!
there missing foster the people in the similar artists
This is one of the best songs that was ever made. It speaks volumes about who we are as a planet. WAKE UP.
last year at MAHA festival they totally blew the crowd up!
best live band i've ever seen... and i never get sick of these songs.
makes me stomp my feet and pump my fists, right alongside my hips!!
How Could I Forget? FTW!!!
s_pheniox200 0
Southern Belles in London sing= BEST!
Infectious and sarcastic reminiscent of Pulp
trinity_tori
Awesome live show, a must see!
This band is definitely growing on me ("in my P" as Paul says, lol).
the i disappear bass riff makes me J in my P
by far my favorite band. no one top's them! excellent live. The ladytron tour rocked!
they are even better live!
This is an awesome find. So far I am absolutely in love with this band.
Wet From Birth-"Phone Call" is certainly superb =>!
awesome awesome <3
FOREVER GROWING CENTIPEDES you and i
simply wonderful. i love wet from birth. dropkick the punks.. so great.
witchkid42
I love this band! Best song is definitely The Geeks Were Right.
I love you guys!! I need your 2nd cd havent heard that one yet but your music is sick and awesome lyrcs!
yes, one of my favorite bands! great live! i'll be seeing them again soon.
I only found out about them within the past year and a half but they quickly became my favorite band. love their music and lyrcs!! =>
like these guys alot along with MGMT n the Bravery all very good all fall under the music that i like the new dark wave artists of now just like the Killers.
Love them!! Saw them live, they rocked it...awesome group!!
they are kind of dance punk right? who else is like them or just dance punk
this was the greatest show I have ever been to, If they ever come anywhere near you, go check them out! otherwise you will regret it for the rest of your life.
Saw them at 930 Club a few months ago. The songs sounded even better live and tweaked, and the lighting added to the overall effect...exc e l l e n t show!
Their new album Fasciinatiio n is AMAZING! Saw them in concert last night and they blew me away.
Sickest concert last night in Philly! I will definitely be seeing them again. The energy on stage transcends to the crowd. It was one crazy dance party.
Blew me away the other day. Contends with Muse, Mutemath, and The Arcade Fire for best live show I've seen this year.
Saw them with Les Savy Fav around '03. Sick show. I think Blank Wave Arcade is their best album, bar none.
dumbrunet36
a talented adn amazing band
one of the best shows I've ever been to.
Talented, edgy, "whatever" attitude is inspiring for the dancefloor.
<33 love them
Me and my brother listen to them and we both agree that they're really good!
I'll keep my eyes open, though nobody comes to my tiny town and I have to travel to see bands.
Want an Awesome Live Show??? This your band. I'm from Omaha and I've seen them all over the country and they pretty much put on one of the best live shows I've ever seen.
They really nail the "Dance Rock" thing. Great band.
The Faint has a very distinct sound yet they uniquely remain very versitle from album to album

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