Omaha natives The Faint are back this spring with Doom Abuse, their sixth album due for release April 8 via SQE Music. This album spells the end of a long hiatus for the band having gone through various line-up changes and a split with their original management. Doom Abuse is the follow-up to Fasciinatiion, their 2008 self-released album. After a year of touring on the back of this album that took several years to complete the group found themselves depleted, uninspired and ready to call it a day. Having gone their separate ways they worked on various projects, developing new sounds both independently and collectively and rediscovered their passion for song writing in the process.
With a new jois de vivre they were keen to make new music and recorded “Preversions,” a 4 song e.p, with a raw punk rock sound that became the precursor for Doom Abuse.
With this album they shied away from the idea of a theme instead focusing on capturing their revitalised passion for music. Much of the record was created live, again capturing the rawness The Faint were striving for and another clear departure from their previous work, much of which was made sitting behind a computer.
The entire album took only several months to create, enlisting the help of long-time collaborator Mike Mogis. It reflects personal experiences from a specific time which unconsciously leads to lyrical patterns in which ideas and themes become clear.
The album marks a significant reawakening for The Faint from the energetic opening track “Help In The Head” to the provoking “Evil Voices” to the atmospheric “Damage Control,” the album is a rediscovery of The Faint as a live rock band. They have managed to maintain elements of the dance act which got them to the mainstream while making songs with real power that is expressed in their live performances. The Faint have found their niche, recaptured that sense of urgency that was audible in their 1999 Blank-Wave Arcade album and are exactly where they want to be.
The Faint’s Upcoming Tour Dates
April 24 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
April 25 – Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
April 26 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
April 27 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
April 30 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
May 1 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre
May 2 – Austin, TX @ The Belmont
May 3 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live – Ballroom
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 Café
May 27 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
May 28 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
May 30 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune
May 31 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
June 1 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
June 5 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
June 6 – 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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