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The Faint – Fasciinatiion

Previously posted on PopWreckoning.com on 8/4/2008:

Omaha favorites and underground dance-punk sensations The Faint are finally releasing their first album after a four year break. Fasciinatiion is completely do-it-yourself and is the first album the band has ever written, recorded, produced and released on their own via their blank.wav imprint. Even the album art is their own work.

Fans can still expect to break out their dance moves as this album is just as entertaining as the band’s previous releases, although a little slower and more reflective. The band delves deeper into electronica with this release and match the themes of the album by making vocalist Todd Fink sound even more robotic.

Single “The Geeks Were Right” gives a great taste for what the rest of the album sounds like as well as showing a primary lyrical theme of predicting the future. Fink sings, “When I saw the future / The geeks were right. / Predator skills, chemical wars, plastic islands at sea / Watch what the humans ruin with machines.” Interestingly the band separates themselves from society with these lyrics and refuse to be included with the rest of humanity.

This bleak outlook on humanity creates a very dark album. “A Battle Hymn For Children” looks at the costs of war, “Get Seduced” critiques our pop culture obsession, and “Mirror Error” moves from society to a more personal critique. As the band goes through more descending scales, the album descends deeper into its darkest themes.

The Faint did very well for their first time completely on their own and fans will not be disappointed after their long wait for new material. Fasciinatiion is released by blank.wav on August 5, 2008.

Tracklisting:
01. Get Seduced
02. The Geeks Were Right
03. Machine In The Ghost
04. Fulcrum And Lever
05. Psycho
06. Mirror Error
07. I Treat You Wrong
08. Forever Growing Centipedes
09. Fish In A Womb
10. A Battle Hymn For Children

Band Info: website | myspace

Written by: Bethany

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