(Reposted from my blog.)
One thing I did in the last few months which I wanted to write about was see The Faint in concert
at the Ogden
. The Faint
are this sort of darkwave/emo/electro type band that I am quite fond of (as you can see from my listening stats here), and the last time they came to town, I had tickets and then wound up missing the show because there was a blizzard. That was a few years ago and I was always sad about it, so when I found out they were coming here at the end of July I was all excited and was like DAMMIT I AM GOING TO IT THIS TIME.Concert Review: I like the Faint, the crowd didn't look nearly as prepared for Halloween this time, and I got groped anonymously.
However, on the night of the show, I languished in apathy (not unusual for me >_>). I kept thinking, "argh, I've been looking forward to this show for like 2 months!! I have to go!" But I was just so... meh. About 10pm, I said to myself, "Self, you have been looking forward to this, and planning on it, and you will want to kick yourself if you don't go, so just get the lead out and stop being sucky for once!!" I then dragged myself out of bed (recent favorite activity: napping >_>), got dressed, and biked 2 or 3 miles to the Ogden.
The band was just coming on stage as I walked in (I'd missed the opening bands, sadly), which I felt was fate, and I elbowed and shoved into the crowd in front of the stage. The attendees were largely youthful-looking so I felt very elderly and decrepit, but I danced my butt off anyhow and even got rubbed against/groped alarmingly by a random young guy (probably not over 20?) taking advantage of the sardine-tin conditions and my shapely backside (his shamefaced look when I turned to raise an eyebrow at the end of the song was total lol). I didn't really care. I guess I could have felt violated and all THIS IS SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND I DON'T HAVE TO TAKE IT!! but honestly I'm just not the kind of person who gets all upset about random gropage as long as I don't feel threatened.
The crowd was not as... uh... eclectic as the last time I saw a group of Faint-concert-goers (read: less hilariously gothemotastic). I did not see any torn black tutus, stripy leggings with combat boots, kitty ears, etc, although there was still a more than fair amount of fun Hot Topic fashion and hair in attendance. XD Of course there were a few obnoxious moshers and crowdsurfers ruining it for everyone (as there often are), and also this girl standing right in front who was VICIOUSLY elbowing anyone who DARED run into or push her. I think she may have been pregnant? But I made sure I gave her back a few running elbows, because I don't care if you ARE pregnant, you shouldn't stand in the friggin' front and center at a crowded dancepunk type show if you're offended or upset by having your personal space violated.
I hadn't been to a show for a while where dancing mainly consisted of shoving away the suffocating crowd around you so as not to be crushed (done in time to the music of course). Most of the shows I go to nowdays either do not involve much thrashing about and shoving, or else they don't have the attendance to really squash you like a hot, humid fist (you are even likely to have space around you in which to move freely!). The Health
show at Rhinoceropolis was crowded enough (tiny room) but it was more of a "undulate en masse" type of thing; the Midnight Juggernauts show at the Hi-Dive was enthusistic and bouncy enough but lacked the necessary crowd density. The Ogden packed full of enthusiastic emo kids, on the other hand, was a very classic sort of concert-going experience. XD
Anyhow I had a lot of fun, got really sweaty (my own & other people's >_>), and obtained a very stylish t-shirt, so it was a good night. My roommate J was there working security next to the stage; when he first found out a while ago that I like the Faint he was like "eh" because he had listened to an album or two, I guess, and not been particularly interested. Afterwards he said he really liked their live show and thought it was one of the better rock-electronica-dance type shows he'd been to. So I guess that means if the Faint is touring near you, you should go see them, because not only did I enjoy it, but it is also J-approved! (Unusual if more than 100 people are there!) For the information of sucky Puuz, they did not play "Southern Girls In London Sing" but they did play "Take Me To the Hospital" (I was a little surprised) and I believe they did "The Conductor." Also "Paranoiattack" was pretty awesome live (I think it was the last song in the encore).
I didn't really have a strong idea of how they'd look, but the lead singer looked rather like Dr Horrible, all in a pair of tight jeans and a lab coat with no shirt and a pair of goggles and his hair kind of fluffy-spiky-short and blondish. XD (Not that I'd seen that then, but as soon as I did the association was immediate.) From what I could hear, the talking he did between songs was also amusing, though I don't recall what he said; I do remember thinking, "Oh right, these are the silly dorks who have on their website
a flash game called Drop Kick the Faint
where you try to get punks to beat them up for their lame new-wave ways." Like most bands they were better live; I've posted some songs I like, and if you fancy them, remember the beat was 10x more ass-shake-inducing live and go see them while they're on tour for their new album! :DMuzik Samples:
* Take Me to the Hospital
The most danceable song about injuring yourself and getting taken to the emergency room ever. :D Also, you can learn to spell the word "hospital," so it's educational as well! Actually this is my fav song by the Faint; I was very pleased that they played it at the show.
A fine song about how our nation suffers constant attacks of paranoia in recent years due to media and government fearmongering. ZOMG ANTHRAX! ZOMG TERRORISTS! ZOMG VIDEO GAMES! EEEEEEEEEEEEE etc. XD Crank it up with lots of bass and imagine a crowd of emo kids and hipsters around you shouting "PARANOIA!" and shaking their fists at the Man and dancing about. XD
* Symptom Finger
On the same theme, kind of, but this is the personal paranoia suffered by our populace regarding health problems, especially of the mental sort, especially of type advertised by commercials adsiving you to ask YOUR doctor. "You see the ads and start to think 'I feel it coming on'... target market television, telepharmevangelism, symptom finger; I'm gonna shut it off, down all the power, I'm a doctor today curing viewers by thousands." I don't think it was played live, which was sad. :(
* The Conductor
It's about, uh, the POWAR!!!!!! inherent in being an orchestra conductor. XD Strings represent!
* The Conductor (Joy Electric Remix)
One of two remixes of the song on the Danse Macabre Remixes album. The other one is a Thin White Duke remix, which I usually find awesome, but I guess the guy was off his game this time because I found it kinda boring and excessively long (dear remixers: making the song twice as long doesn't mean it will be twice as good). :( Joy Electric's mix is much better IMHO (not to mention far shorter).
* Fulcrum and Lever
From their new album, Fasciinatiion
. A very apt comment at songmeanings said the song was like a dream you've been in before. I think the music really contributes to that; when it comes to the Faint, the lyrics always feel 100% more meaningful or odd when paired with the music. If I review the lyrics later I usually think, "That IS a kind of interesting feeling/experience, if you think about it," but the song topics are often so mundane that I think it takes the music to make me listen more carefully and say, "yeah, everyone's felt that, but nobody thinks about it." This song in particular had a sort of triple-take effect on me. 1st take: whoa, sounds cool! 2nd take: lyrics are kinda dorky, it's just about playing in a treehouse or with a board as a kid and falling and breaking your arm? 3rd take: nevermind, it's actually kinda surreal.