Three Chances to See the Faint in New York City

May 13th, 2014

The Faint started out making lo-fi indie rock in late-’90s Omaha, Neb., helping that town’s music scene blow up as part of Saddle Creek Records. But over the years both their lineup—now Todd Fink (vocals, keys), Clark Baechle (drums), Michael “Dapose” Dappen (guitar) and Jacob Thiele (keys, vocals)—and their sound have changed. By their second album, Blank-Wave Arcade (stream it below), the Faint (above, doing “I Disappear” for MoshCam) had begun moving toward a more dance-oriented sound, earning comparisons to Devo and the Cure. Next came Danse Macabre (stream it below) in 2001. Although the album, with its heavy-hook-filled dance rock (albeit with some dark material), was influenced by New Wave, it still managed to sound modern rather than retro. The Faint recently released Doom Abuse (stream it below), their first album of new music since 2008, to some considerable acclaim. “The Faint keeps things fresh,” according to the A.V. Club: “Thankfully, Doom Abuse reclaims both the vibrancy and spontaneity of the group’s best work.” They’re currently touring the country in support of their new work, and they’re giving New York City plenty of love, playing Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow, Webster Hall on Saturday and The Bowery Ballroom on 5/19. So don’t miss out.