The Faint at First Avenue, 07/21/10
|Photos by Tony Nelson|
July 21, 2010
With everything that the Faint brought with them on stage Wednesday night at First Avenue, it's possible that the crowd would've been entertained even if the band never played a note. There were seven aliens/mannequins strategically placed throughout their set up, holding up keyboards and giving encouragement from atop the speaker stacks, and when you combine that with the intensive light show, you have a fascinating spectacle even without the music. But, rest assured, the music was there, as the Faint tore through one of their "favorite venues in the world," delivering a lively, energetic 70-minute set that only got better as the night went on.
|Photos by Tony Nelson|
Fink dedicated a storming version of "Worked Up So Sexual" to "my old boss at the record store. Mark, this one's for you." And from that point on, the show, which had been on the verge of boiling over all night, really became incendiary. Main set closer "Paranoiattack" got everyone in the place dancing along to the band's driving rhythms, and thankfully they didn't waste too much time before retaking the stage for the encore, building on that energy with "The Geeks Were Right." Fink proclaimed "If you've been dancing all night, this one's for you" before the band truly set the place off with a blistering version of "Glass Danse" that was so good Fink thought the show should stop right there. But the show closed with a fierce rendition of "I Disappear" that ended the night in spectacular fashion. It had been a while since I had the pleasure of seeing the Faint, and they've managed to add a welcome potency and venom to their sound that, while being edgy, still allows you to get down to the music while it engulfs and consumes you. Based on all of the sweaty and satisfied fans leaving First Avenue, it seemed that was exactly what we were all looking for last night.
Critic's Bias: Definitely a fan from way back, but I certainly reconnected with the band in a major way last night.
The Crowd: A smiling, sweaty mass that clearly wanted to dance.
Overheard In The Crowd: "Are those aliens part of the band?"
Random Notebook Dump: I'm pretty sure the aliens were part of the band.
For more photos: See our complete slideshow by Tony Nelson.
Dropkick The Punks
Southern Belles In London Sing
Take Me To The Hospital
Machine In The Ghost
Forever Growing Centipedes
Worked Up So Sexual
The Geeks Were Right
|Photo by Erik Thompson|