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The Faint, ‘Danse Macabre’

In 2001, the garage-rock revival seemed to be the big thing on indie music fans’ minds. But while the White Stripes and the Strokes were pumping out guitar riffs, the Faint was busy introducing a new generation to the synthesizer. The Omaha group’s darkly danceable third record, “Danse Macabre,” kicked off a barrage of early-2000s nu-disco, nu-new wave, and dance-punk, clearing a path for acts like the Rapture and LCD Soundsystem.

Eleven years later, “Danse Macabre” is getting an impressive reissue on CD and vinyl with plenty of extras. Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, who was in the Faint-preceding band Norman Bailer, makes a guest appearance on the bonus track “Dust.” The band repays the favor with a cover of the Bright Eyes tune “Falling Out of Love at This Volume.” There are also remixes by Out Hud and Thin White Duke, a Sonic Youth cover, and “Take Me to the Hospital,” a highlight from the compilation “Saddle Creek 50.” The bonus DVD boasts archival footage, a music video, and the visuals the band projected during its live shows, while a booklet compiles handwritten lyric sheets, archival photos, and, most amusingly, documents that detail vocalist Todd Fink’s public nudity arrest while on tour with No Doubt.

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To celebrate the release, the Faint launched an extensive North American tour this month, performing “Danse” in full at each stop. The trek comes to the Paradise Rock Club on Dec. 8, with support from fellow Omaha group Icky Blossoms and Toronto synth-pop duo Trust.


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