The Faint Return with 'Doom Abuse,' Premiere New Single

BY Gregory AdamsPublished Feb 25, 2014

Over 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.

Doom Abuse:

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

8. Scapegoat

9. Your Stranger

10. Lesson from the Darkness

11. Unseen Hand

12. Damage Control 

Tour dates:

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

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