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Hometown: Omaha, NE (USA)

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The Faint (lead singer Todd Fink, Fink's brother drummer Clark Baechle, bassist/guitarist Joel Petersen, guitarist/bassist Dapose and Jacob Thiele, who plays synthesizers) first came together in fewer numbers and under the name Norman Bailer, a "lite rock" band formed with future indie superstar Conor Oberst. After Oberst's departure, and the realization that the genre didn't quite fit who they were, the Baechle brothers and Petersen released Media, a foray into guitar-heavy indie rock, under the name The Faint in 1998. It wasn't until 1999's Blank-Wave Arcade, however, that the band found their sound: In place of guitars, they added synthesizers, and the effect was revelatory. Says Todd, "From our point of view, synthesizers seemed to have a limitless and almost magical quality to them; magical in the sense that you could create a keyboard sound out of almost nothing, and have it perfectly fit your musical disposition."

Thiele joined the band, and with the line-up further cemented, they began to hone their live shows - part-rave, part-gallery affairs - that had audiences drenched in sweat. With 2001's Danse Macabre, the band ventured further into the world of dance music, and the missing member of the band came in the form of Dapose, a death metal guitarist and visual artist who helped to craft their visceral, beat-heavy songs detailing everyday malaise and job despondency. The album was immediately embraced by hundreds of thousands of kids around the world who longed for a record to which they could both relate and dance, and not long after, a remix album, Danse Macabre Remixes, followed. By the time the band released 2004's critically-lauded Wet From Birth, an album best marked by its sonic expansion of The Faint's signature sound, the band's shows were legendary and their musical prowess perfected. The Faint built their own studio, named Enamel, and formed their own label, Blank.Wav, on which they released their fourth album Fasciinatiion in summer 2008.


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Current Releases

The FaintDoom Abuse

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Doom Abuse

April 8, 2014

Videos: The Faint announce new album and spring tour
The Faint are back with a new album titled Doom Abuse due out April 8, 2014 via SQE Music. The group premiered a music video for the…
February 26, 2014
Media: The Faint: "Evil Voices"
As they kick off their November tour, The Faint have a new 4-song 12-inch with new material on the road with them. . The release consists of The Faint's first new songs since 2008's…
November 16, 2012
Media: The Faint: "Take Me To the Hospital" (Remastered)
Saddle Creek Records electro/punk outfit The Faint are the latest act to get the reissue treatment. The label will be releasing a remastered deluxe version of the band's 2001 album,…
August 22, 2012
Media: Replacements, NOFX, Green Day, Bronx, Stooges in "Tony Hawk: Ride"
The soundtrack has been announced for the upcoming reboot of the Tony Hawk gaming franchise. Dubbed Ride, the game takes a similar approach to the Guitar Hero and Rock Band series and uses an approximation of a real skateboard for a controller. For the soundtrack, the publisher…
October 06, 2009
Media: Cancer Bats expand "Hail Destroyer" with Murder City Devils, Tegan and Sara, Faint covers
Chart is reporting that a deluxe UK edition of 2008's Cancer Bats record Hail Destroyer will feature covers of Tegan and Sara's "So Jealous," Murder City Devils "I Want A Lot (So Come On)" and the Faint's "Agenda Suicide." The…
April 08, 2009
Media: Harvest of Hope lineup updates
Due to the cancellation of Langerado last week, the Harvest of Hope Festival has been forced to revise the lineup. While some bands like Broken Social Scene, Devotchka, The Faint and Virgins were forced to drop off the fest, a number of acts have now signed on as a result. The additions include…
February 13, 2009
Media: Harvest of Hope adds more bands
More bands have been confirmed for the upcoming Harvest of Hope Fest 2009. The purpose of the event is to raise funding for the Harvest of Hope Foundation and bring awareness to the plait of migrant farms workers. The event take place at the St.John's County Fairgrounds from March 6th through the 8th. The latest additions include: GZA, Kool Keith, Diplo, Deerhunter,…
January 29, 2009
Media: Harvest of Hope unveils lineup
A ton of bands have been confirmed for the upcoming Harvest of Hope Fest 2009. The purpose of the event is to raise funding for the Harvest of Hope Foundation and bring awareness to the plait of migrant farms workers. The event take place at the St.John's County Fairgrounds from March 6th through the 8th. Some of the additions include Against Me!,…
January 12, 2009
Media: The Faint: "Fasciination"
Omaha, NE's The Faint are streaming their entire new album Fasciination online at their MySpace page. The album is due out on August 5th via their own label…
August 03, 2008
Media: Relapse signs VWerevvolf Grehv (The Faint)
Relapse has announced the signing of VWerevvolf Grehv, the electro/metal project featuring Dapose of Saddle Creek act The Faint. The band, pronounced "Werewolf Grave," recently completed work on its Relapse debut, entitled Zombie Aesthetics. Zombie Aesthetics is scheduled for a March 4th North American release date, March 10th internationally.…
November 06, 2007

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