Stereogum just premiered a new track from my fave band of all time The Faint. Pretty Excited that they’ve got a new song (Album please?!?). Also tour dates with Gang of Four. Pretty excellent.
Todd Fink told Stereogum this:
I believe this one goes in The Faint Danse Party folder. We wrote, recorded, and mixed it ourselves here at our studio in Omaha, Nebraska. Pretty song-y for club music and pretty clubby for indie/punk, this one falls right in the sweet spot. I love that warm bouncy bass synth (it’s a CS15 if you must know). This might be a love song. Maybe it’s a respect song. Those are intertwined concepts I suppose. Without respect, love is a weaker bond.
Stream it and check out the Faint’s tour dates with Gang Of Four below.
09/29 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
09/30 Chicago, IL @ Metro
10/01 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
10/02 Toronto, ON, Canada @ Danforth Music Hall
10/05 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
10/06 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
10/07 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero Theatre
10/08 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/10 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
10/11 Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
10/13 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
10/14 Dallas, TX @ South Side Music Hall
10/15 Austin, TX @ Emo’s
10/17 Scottsdale, AZ @ LiveWire
10/18 San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
10/20 Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theater
10/21 Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
10/23 San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
10/25 Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
10/26 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
10/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
10/29 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
10/31 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
I had a chance to interview an indie-tronic musical artist named August who also goes by the name Astrophel. Here are those questions.
I’ve been playing music since I was a kid. I started with classical piano from age 4 until I was 16. At that point like most teenagers I became all angsty and rebellious. My step-sister who was the same age turned me on to Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Velvet Underground, and other classic rock she found through her friends. We started spending our Saturdays at the Flea Market digging through crates of vinyl. At that point I ditched piano in favor of electric guitar, and I’ve only just now found my way back to piano through synthesizers.
Trey is one of the most innovative and original musicians I know. He currently plays guitar for the band Liphemra. He is also one of my best friends. I met him in college through a friend I used to play music with. At the time Trey needed a place to stay, and he ended up living with me and the band I was in at that time. Later we moved out to California together and became involved in an art collective called the LA Fort. The Fort was a lot more than just Trey and I. Everyone who belonged helped run it together to promote local shows and artists. We had a fully analog recording studio upstairs where we recorded ourselves and other bands. It was great time and place to do whatever we wanted artistically, and the clash of what was happening inside vs. outside on Skid Row only added to the realness of the whole experience.
Other than feeling more plugged in with what’s happening in music, the other big way my music has been impacted by living in LA is through physical space. LA is an expensive place to live, and as a result I’ve had to adapt my sound to be functional in a smaller space. Large amps and live drum kits have had to go in favor of electronic beats, and music that can be made in headphones. Not that I mind, I think the constriction of space has actually helped challenge my writing and pushed it to become more modern.
I really like living downtown and walking everywhere. Especially to get coffee early in the morning when there are a million dogs at the coffeeshop. Even though walking is not a normal LA thing. I love that records are popular here, both at the local shops and at Amoeba. But something really great about LA is that nearly every musical artist I love comes to perform here.
KCRW/Morning Becomes Eclectic was a really fun experience. I worked in the studio volunteering doing ticket giveaways, tweeting at other artists and reacting to the music in real-time, and updating KCRW events. Mainly the experience was great because I had a chance to see many of my favorite artists perform live and up close. I also was constantly being exposed to new and interesting music. I would say MBE is definitely somewhat responsible in encouraging me to delve into electronic music.
It has to be the day Ty Segall came in. Him and his band were so raw and loud that they shook all the walls in the studio basement. I remember Anne Litt (the DJ that day) having trouble speaking on-air between music sets due to the sound while they were warming up for their live performance. But it didn’t matter. Everyone (including Anne) felt their presence and raw energy and was so excited to see them play. Of course they crushed it.
Currently I have a couple remixes I am working on for other artists. A darkwave remix I did for the band The Fontaines should be debuting on Soundcloud soon. I also have two new tracks that I am working on that hopefully will get finished and debuted later this year. I am also in the process of creating a music video for DIG INFINITY. For now my plan is to release singles only, however I would love to release an EP when it makes sense. As far as live performances I have a tentative date in June at the Mint, however my plan is to focus mostly on my audience online.
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