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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
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Stations Featuring
The Faint

    Electronica

    Electronica
    4 songs

    '00s Indie

    '00s Indie
    1 song

Albums by
The Faint

Top Songs by
The Faint

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Agenda Suicide
  3.   Glass Danse
  4.   The Geeks Were Right
  5.   Desperate Guys
  6.   The Conductor
  7.   Worked Up So Sexual
  8.   Dropkick the Punks
  9.   Paranoiattack
  10.   Posed to Death
  11.   Disappear
  12.   Mirror Error
  13.   In Concert
  14.   Fulcrum and Lever
  15.   As the Doctor Talks
  16.   Erection
  17.   Help In the Head
  18.   I Treat You Wrong
  19.   Psycho
  20.   I Disappear
  21.   Birth
  22.   Symptom Finger
  23.   Total Job
  24.   Cars Pass in Cold Blood
  25.   Lesson From the Darkness
  26.   Mental Radio
  27.   Falling Out Of Love At This Volume
  28.   Fish in a Womb
  29.   Forever Growing Centipedes
  30.   Machine in the Ghost
  31.   Phone Call
  32.   The Passives
  33.   Animal Needs
  34.   Sex Is Personal
  35.   Damage Control
  36.   Unseen Hand
  37.   Scapegoat
  38.   Dress Code
  39.   Evil Voices
  40.   This Is Is Is Is Pain
  41.   Mote
  42.   Dust
  43.   A Battle Hymn for Children
  44.   Hypnotised
  45.   Take Me To The Hospital
  46.   Ballad Of A Paralysed Citizen
  47.   Violent
  48.   Your Retro Career Melted
  49.   Let The Poison Spill From Your Throat
  50.   An Allusion Passes Through the Bar
  51.   There's Something Not as Valid When the Scenery Is a Postcard
  52.   Some Incriminating Photographs
  53.   Call Call
  54.   Sealed Human
  55.   Your Stranger
  56.   Defy the Ailments
  57.   Typing: 1974-2048
  58.   Loss of Head
  59.   Let the Poison Spill from Your Throat [Tommie Sunshine's "Let the Clock
  60.   Enola Gay
  61.   Acting: On-Campus Television
  62.   Tandem: City to City
  63.   Casual Sex
  64.   Get Seduced
  65.   Salt My Doom
  66.   Syntax Lies
  67.   Armorous in Bauhaus Fashion
  68.   Repertoire of Uncommon Depth
  69.   Southern Belles in London Sing
  70.   Lullaby for the....
  71.   (Getting/Giving the Lock)
  72.   How Could I Forget
  73.   Victim Convenience
  74.   Possed to Death
  75.   Your Retro Carrer Melted
  76.   Let the Poison Spill From Your Throat (Tommie Sunshine's "Let the Clock Punch" Redux)
  77.   Posed to Death 9the Calculators' Rmeix)
  78.   No Name
  79.   [Bonus Material]
  80.   Glass Dance World
  81.   Let the Poison Spill

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