Published Feb 25, 2014Over five years on from the release of the Faint's last LP, Fasciination, the eletro-spiked Nebraskan indie unit have announced a follow-up. Doom Abuse will be the group's sixth album overall and first for new label home SQE Music. It arrives April 8.
A press release notes that the Faint took time off from each other once they concluded the promotion cycle behind Fasciination, apparently burnt out on their longtime project. After exploring other artistic avenues, the band reconvened to deliver the four-song Preversions 12-inch ahead of a 2012 anniversary tour supporting their 2001 LP Danse Macabre. Apparently this got the band's creative juices going again.
Doom Abuse was recorded in the Faint's Omaha studio/rehearsal space with producer Mike Mogis, yielding 10 new songs and re-recorded versions of Preversions tracks "Evil Voices" and "Unseen Hand." While Fasciination had mainly been worked out ahead of time on computers, the band began Doom Abuse without much of a plan, opting to write the album in the studio on the fly.
"We didn't second guess things," percussionist Clark Baechle said in a statement of the sessions. "We just went with it. It feels more real. We wanted to see what we happened to play and just capture it. And leave the mistakes in."
Likewise, vocalist Todd Fink explained that many of his lyrics this time around were crafted by tapping into a freeform feel.
"I've been trying to find a way to give the microphone to my subconscious voice and see what it has to say," he explained, adding, "I like to sing unfiltered. See what words seem to be trying to come out and see what that is trying to say. Once you're not listening to what your voice is saying or what your mind is spitting out, there will be words and themes there. I think that's interesting."
Down below, you'll find the video for buzzy, distortion-fried new wave anthem "Help in the Head," as well as Doom Abuse's tracklisting and some upcoming U.S. tour dates.
1. Help in the Head
2. Mental Radio
3. Evil Voices
4. Salt My Doom
5. Animal Needs
6. Loss of Head
7. Dress Code
9. Your Stranger
10. Lesson from the Darkness
11. Unseen Hand
12. Damage Control
04/24 Des Moines, IA - Wooly's
04/25 Madison, WI - Barrymore Theatre
04/26 St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room
04/27 Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
04/30 Tulsa, OK - The Vanguard
05/01 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
05/02 Austin, TX - The Belmont
05/03 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live – Ballroom
05/06 Fort Lauderdale, FL - The Culture Room
05/07 Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
05/09 Jacksonville Beach, FL - Freebird Live
05/10 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade – Heaven
05/13 Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero Theatre
05/14 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Willamsburg
05/16 Boston, MA - Royale NightClub
05/17 New York, NY - Webster Hall
05/19 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
05/20 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05/22 Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
05/23 Chicago, IL - Metro
05/24 Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Café
05/27 Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
05/28 Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
05/30 Seattle, WA - Neptune
05/31 Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
06/01 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
06/02 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
06/05 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
06/06 West Hollywood, CA - The Roxy Theatre
06/07 West Hollywood, CA - The Roxy Theatre
06/11 Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
06/12 Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
06/13 Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium
06/14 Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room