The Faint

Music, Rock and indie
The Faint
Photograph: Bill Sitzmann The Faint

The Faint has always occupied a weird spot in music. Within the larger indie-rock scene, the Faint remained outsiders: too enamored of synths for the so-called garage-rock revival led by the Strokes and the White Stripes, too rock-oriented to be part of the budding electroclash movement. But that might be why their music holds up as well as it does: Their dark, pulsating tunes are as danceable as ever, with songs like “Agenda Suicide”—featuring lyrics about grinding yourself down at a soulless job “to get that pretty little home”—remaining relevant a decade later. And the group’s electropunk ethos comes alive during a gig, which is often a sweaty, glorious mess of music and frenetic dancing (both from the band and the audience). The group will play behind its latest album, Doom Abuse, for two nights at the Roxy. The Friday show is sold out, but tickets are still available for Sunday's show.

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