Faint Praise

The Faint harvests a new-wave bumper crop from the heartland

The quintet received much attention for Blank Wave Arcade and was even being selected as one of the "100 bands you need to know in 2001" in the influential altrock monthly Alternative Press. Baechle says he is only slightly bothered by the retro references foisted upon the band by critics. "We always had a new-wavy type of sound," he insists. "People would compare our first record to Elvis Costello or the Cure. We weren't trying to turn into a new-wave band as much as have fun with a sound that seemed to be coming naturally to us."

The band's live shows have become quite the spectacle with stroboscopes, smoke machines, and Baechle, slinking about the stage in a wash of colorful lights while the musicians extract noise from keyboards and guitars. A former death-metal veteran from Omaha called Dapose was brought in last January to shore up the sound further. "On Danse Macabre we were trying to make it more electronic," says Baechle. "The melodies are a little bit darker. We gathered a larger interest in electronic-based music. We went for a more dance club-sounding kind of production."

Corn-fed Midwestern new-wave proponent the Faint
Corn-fed Midwestern new-wave proponent the Faint


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Even so, Baechle hasn't the slightest idea of how the Faint's sound will evolve on the next album. "It could be totally different," he muses. "Or it could be similar."

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