I got a chance to listen to the remastered Danse Macabre on high quality MP3, courtesy of the record label, Saddle Creek, and I have to say it was nice to revisit the album. I don't have golden ears …
with Trust and Icky Blossoms (First Ave)
The Faint is the best of both worlds: blending some horror atmospheric themes with danceable rhythms. Aside from some early technical difficulties, the Faint starts off with some songs from Wet From Birth and Fasciination. Then came the joy of hearing Danse Macabre in its entirety from front to back. This is such a solid album, and so ahead of its time when released in 2001. It was the album that changed my taste. At the time of this release, I only listened to three-chord punk rock and a few alternative bands. I remember so clearly the first time I heard the Faint. It was so different from anything at the time. A year or two later will come the Killers that would get the mainstream attention.
Regardless, Danse Macabre would be on my list of albums I would bring if I was on a deserted island, other albums would include Weezer's Blue album. After concluding the Danse Macabre, they cover Sonic Youth's "Mote" and ends their set with my favorite Faint song (weird that my favorite Faint song is not on Danse Macabre) "Worked Up So Sexual" from Blank-Wave Arcade EP.
Who would've thought 10-11 years ago that this album would finally get its recognition it deserves and be remastered and re-released? By the way, who would've even thought that one of the Faint's songs would be playing on a Kohl's commercial. Oh how the times have changed.
The Faint ends their Danse Macabre tour at their sold out show in their hometown, Omaha at Sokol Auditorium today, December 14th.
The Faint at First Avenue, Minneapolis (12/13/12)