Music: The Faint

With synthesizers, guitars and drums substituting for holy books and dystopian scripture, the electronic prophecies of The Faint forewarn of a time when hyper-realistic technology will have consumed human society. While technophobia might be a cliché con

With synthesizers, guitars and drums substituting for holy books and dystopian scripture, the electronic prophecies of The Faint forewarn of a time when hyper-realistic technology will have consumed human society. While technophobia might be a cliché concept at this point, this five-piece turns charged dance riffs into machine-like rhythms evoking 21st century nightmares, delivering their premonitions in a fresh and compelling fashion.

Perhaps the only thing more striking about their sound (somewhere between Dance Punk, New Wave, Indie and Post Punk) is the fact that it originates in Omaha, Nebraska — not quite the first place one might associate with images of a future overrun by technology. Frontman Todd Fink, responsible for the incisive lyrics and transistor-tongued vocals that power The Faint, entirely understands why the band’s hometown is such a surprise to some:

“Omaha is really not a hip place to be from,” he says. “There are a lot of places that are the size of Omaha that there aren’t a whole bunch of good bands from.”

Fink’s self-awareness is evidence of another important characteristic about The Faint: They’re a band that, while deeply dedicated to an unusual aesthetic, is not out of touch with who they are in the here and now.

Read a full interview here

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