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Story by Andrea Jenels
Vocalist Todd Fink writhed around stage resembling Dr. Who on acid, sporting a lab coat and bugged out goggles. With his blonde spiked hair and mad scientist get-up, you would almost swear you were back at an all night rave sometime around the turn of the century. Fink switched in out of monotone synthesized vocals to old school robotic rock influenced by new wave predecessors such as Depeche Mode and KMFDM. To his right on synthesizer thrashed Jacob Thiele, a wrecking crew all on his own. He twitched and spun as his fingers pumped out electronic beats that accompanied bassist Joel Peterson and guitar prodigy Dapose on either side of the stage.
With the release of their eighth album Fasciinatiion, the departure from Saddle Creek Records (also home to former Faint member Connor Oberst), proved to be an accepted move amongst long time fans. The Faint catered to the crowd by revisiting songs from past albums with "Glass Danse<" (Danse Macabre), and "Dropkick The Punks" (Wet From Birth), but consistently keeping in line with the newest material which included the first single released, "The Geeks Were Right." The crowd went into dance frenzy with the sinister synthed-out "Psycho," and "Get Seduced," leaving a mist of sweat in the air; a true sign that neo-new wave lives on.
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