Author: steph nance
If you're looking for a playlist full of self-pitying, heartbroken love songs, put Danse Macabre back on the shelf. Omaha-based synth rockers The Faint come at you with hard-hitting tracks covering subjects from cookie-cutter corporate pawns in "Agenda Suicide" to the frenetic club scene in "Glass Danse" and the struggles of a crippled man in "Ballad of a Paralysed Citizen." The Faint takes a different approach to synth pop in their follow-up to 1999's "Blank-Wave Arcade." They just don?t let up. Their latest release is 40 minutes of heart-pounding must-dance modness. As the name suggests, "Danse Macabre" is influenced by the darker side of independent music. Joining such artists as Cursive and Bright-Eyes on Saddle-Creek, the Faint seem to draw inspiration from 80's giants the Cure and other synthesizer-driven bands such as Soft Cell & Human League.
The Faint have a punk rock attitude with an electronic twist, don't be surprised to hear old-school Atari sound effects in the middle of a somber song. The Faint wants to have fun, but they also want to make a point. Bottom line: It's great. Go buy it.