The Faint – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC (12.5.12)

Posted December 10th, 2012 by k · 2 Comments

I still remember the very first time I heard Blank Wave Arcade. It was in the Fall of 1999. We had received it as a promo for review. Eric knew right away that I would love it. And fall in love I did. 13 years later it is still one of my all-time favorite albums, combining my unabashed love of synths, drum machines, and 3 minute songs. How I managed to make it 13 years without seeing The Faint is a mystery. Tours never seemed to line up with my nomadic proclivities. But, I’m happy to say it was well worth the wait. In addition to blazing through Danse Macabre, the subject of reissue and remastering and the raison de tour, the band treated the packed club to classics such as Mote (a Sonic Youth cover), Call Call and the sing-along Worked Up So Sexual. Wrapping up the evening with crowd pleasers I Disappear, and Paranoiattack. The very appreciative crowd spanned several generations, linked by a love of this band from Omaha who alone have managed to blend the punk ethos with new wave sensibilities for over a decade now.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Eric Greenwood // Dec 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    you’ve made me pull out some old faint records.

  • 2 K // Dec 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Blank Wave Arcade still blows my mind. I wanted to make a record like that back in ’95 and nearly 20 years later I couldn’t fathom executing as well as they did. It’s just perfect.