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Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Faint fasciinate (and you can win the vinyl)

[they brought back the Soul Coughing guy from retirement!]

On August 5th, Nebraska dance-punk band The Faint will return with a new self-released album, Fasciinatiion (on their own blank.wav label). They'll be kicking off a tour in support of it, and I'm looking forward to catching them towards the opening end at Denver's Ogden Theatre on Tuesday night, for what is sure to be a rad show.

I've not seen The Faint in concert before but friends who've gone cite the live action as simultaneously a huge amount of fun with perhaps a thread of dark fear running through it (stay out of the daylight!). This is not a bad combination, but hopefully the ratio of fun to fear will be proportionately higher than that time I saw Marilyn Manson in 1995 at now-defunct Edge nightclub in Palo Alto -- still scarred from that one. Anyways . . . I woefully digress.

NEW CONTEST! Thanks to the folks at blank.wav, I have one double gatefold 180-gram vinyl of the new album Fasciinatiion to give away to one lucky winner. Please leave a comment if you'd like to win -- and if you've seen 'em live, tell me what I have in store for me. Posed to death!

Fasciinatiion Track List:
1) Get Seduced
2) The Geeks Were Right
3) Machine in the Ghost
4) Fulcrum and Lever
5) Psycho
6) Mirror Error
7) I Treat You Wrong
8) Forever Growing Centipedes
9) Fish in a Womb
10) A Battle Hymn for Children

The Geeks Were Right - The Faint

And the tour starts tomorrow night, rocking Des Moines:

July 27 Des Moines, IA - Peoples Court
July 28 Sioux Falls, SD - Ramkota Annex
July 29 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
July 30 Salt Lake City, UT - In the Venue
July 31 Boise, ID - Big Easy Boise
Aug 01 Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore
Aug 02 Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
Aug 03 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
Aug 04 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Aug 05 San Francisco, CA - Grand Ballroom
Aug 07 Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre
Aug 08 Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre
Aug 09 San Diego, CA - Soma
Aug 11 Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
Aug 12 Dallas, TX - Palladium
Aug 14 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
Aug 15 Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle
Aug 16 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Aug 17 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
Aug 18 New York, NY - Terminal 5
Aug 20 Worcester, MA - Palladium
Aug 21 Toronto, Ontario - Opera House
Aug 22 Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
Aug 23 Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium

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At July 26, 2008 1:47 PM, Blogger SGV Underground Archive said...

I've seen them four times before and they were amazing each time. Expect some great visuals and a better-than-the-record version of most songs. Especially "Worked Up So Sexual". You can also expect to see some slam dancing from kids who don't yet know that they're being douche bags.

By the way, I'd like to win the record.


At July 26, 2008 3:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't seen them live (unfortunately) but I've heard great things.

And I'd like to win the record...my e-mail is sf1533@hotmail.com :)

At July 26, 2008 6:09 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I love the Faint and would love to win the record. Suzkamp@comcast.net

At July 26, 2008 7:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw The Faint in Vancouver British Columbia. Although I was with someone who was feeling seriously bummerly and the venue (dicks on dicks) was not the best, this band managed to pump out some serious dance tunes that made me feel compelled to dance.

I'd love the chance to win this vinyl.

At July 26, 2008 7:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


if, you, know, I win.

Also, props to The Vinyl District... which was the blog that linked me to this one.

At July 27, 2008 8:36 AM, Blogger deadly little miho said...

i've seen them live in cleveland. had to travel to cleveland (from michigan) to go see them play (with bright eyes), so obviously, all of the conor oberst fan girls were there and wouldn't get out of the way for the rest of us to enjoy the faint's set. but it was amazing. i danced so hard, screamed along to the songs, and was amazed at the live set. and would travel anywhere to see them again in a heartbeat

At July 27, 2008 12:31 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

unfortunately i have never seem them live, but they are on the list, i can only imagine how fun their concerts are. i would love a copy of this vinyl. hope i win!


At July 27, 2008 12:46 PM, Blogger jasonk said...

still haven't seen them. How about you tell those fine folks at blank.wav to get The Faint to Florida!! Thanks.

At July 27, 2008 1:51 PM, Blogger BrainOfJHA said...

have never seen them before but I'm heading to Chicago in August for night one of Eddie Vedder and I saw that the Faint will be in town the next night. gonna try and hit that one up. kinda weird that the first time I see the Faint will be in Chicago and I'm from Nebraska...

At July 27, 2008 1:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed on getting The Faint to Florida. I'd love to see them live.

Hooray for giving stuff away! Amazing.

At July 27, 2008 4:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have seen The Faint live twice in Omaha. Both times were phenomenal. They have lights and huge screens. My favorite part was when Brit Hume sang "Paranoiattack." Plus I'm seeing them in Des Moines. But I read an interview with Todd from Juice (a Des Moines publication) that they are changing their show format. They think they were providing too much TV and everyone already gets enough of that already. Here's a link to the article: http://dmjuice.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080721/JUICE05/807230303&SearchID=73324862287117

My e-mail: jess_roach61@yahoo.com

At July 27, 2008 7:01 PM, Blogger Tin Puck said...

These guys are fantastic. Here's hoping I win.

At July 27, 2008 9:03 PM, Blogger ...Banter said...

hook. me. up.

keep up the good work,



At July 28, 2008 1:06 AM, Blogger hinsightprophet said...

Long time fan of the Faint. I first saw them play after Danse Macabre originally came out. It was a small 250 person venue but it was a sold out, crammed show filled with people elbow to elbow dancing to one of the most energetic bands ever. Even then, the Faint brought their own low-budget lighting set up to add an even more spectacular element to the concert.
Since then, the band has gone on to open for acts like No Doubt and Bright Eyes (which at those shows, half the Faint also played on-stage) and with that their stage set-up has also increase from a simple 6 light system to one of the best lighting/projector arrangements in the music business.
Anyone attending any show by the Faint is in for a treat. I am jealous because this tour so far they don't have a single date in Arizona and with gas prices so high, I can't afford to drive around all crazy for the Faint like I have in past years.
All ticket holders, get ready to dance your butt off. Get a sweat going. Have lots of fun. Maybe avoid the middle of the crowd if you don't want to be swept away at times. Other than that (with only some exception to certain fans of the Faint in Phoenix), most of the fans of the Faint are just as awesome as the bad. So there is nothing to fear. No Marylin Manson apprehension needed.
kyle (hinsightprophet@hotmail.com)

At July 28, 2008 3:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love The Faint and I've been lucky enough to see them 5 times and I'll be seeing them 2 more times on this current tour. I heard Danse Macabre in 2002 and I've been hooked on everything they've done ever since.

They get better and better all the time and each show I've seen gets a little more dangerous. The visuals for each song are different on every tour and they add so much to the show.


At July 28, 2008 5:29 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I've been a fan of the faint since blank wave arcade came out. I'm a huge collector of the faints music, including the norman bailer stuff, and update the faints wikipedia for them. I also just made a remix of one of their new songs "a battle hymn for children" i've been so excited for this new album.

here's a link to the remix:

that record would be so awesome!
thanks for your time!

Drew Wise

At July 28, 2008 11:35 PM, Blogger MandySydelle said...

I've only seen them once at the Neighborhood Fest. But it was AMAZING. Im excited to see them again on the 7th :)
I'd LOVE to win that record :)

At July 30, 2008 1:07 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I saw The Faint when they were opened for Bright Eyes and if I had been Conor Oberst, I wouldn't have had the balls to follow them onstage. I was down in front dancing around with teenage Bright Eyes fans and big, burly gay men who had come out in droves to move to the sounds amazingly produced by the frail little indie kids onstage.

The songs sounded amazing, their energy was incredible, and their stage production added to the performance. I have been waiting anxiously for another chance to see them and am happy that it's finally come.

I'd love to win the vinyl. If I am so lucky, it's drankallmywine@gmail.com

At July 30, 2008 6:39 PM, Blogger dkaller said...

Id love to win this please make my day

At August 01, 2008 5:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! the faint was easily the best show that ive seen in the past few years... I dont dance. peroid. but i couldnt stop moving for their entire performance. The band shakes their asses off too, it really gets everyone into it! I didnt really know the girl i took that well, and needless to say, after a night of me showing my angular, soverywhite dance moves, we never went out again. that being said, it was the best time i had all year! im jealous you get to see them on this tour! have a blast!

i LOVE vinyl ;)



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