Failure | Metro | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Thu., May 22, 7:30 p.m. 2014
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It's hard to see the reunion of a 90s alt-rock band as anything but a cash grab, but Failure are an exception—mainly because there's not much cash to grab when you were never all that famous in the first place. This Los Angeles group's third and final record, Fantastic Planet, didn't get a lot of love when it came out in 1996 (the year before they called it quits), but fans' appreciation for it has grown exponentially since then. On their recordings Failure were often basically a duo of studio rats Greg Edwards and Ken Andrews, who crafted pushy, muscular space rock with undeniable hooks, progressive twists and turns, and layers of eccentric and exciting guitar sounds. Production on Failure's albums was credited to the band (though on their debut they shared the job with Steve Albini), and their attention to detail resulted in spotlessly pristine mixes—the studio sheen adds an eerie, almost inhuman element to their big, moody sound. The influence of their aesthetic was perhaps felt most strongly by the early-aughts Hydra Head crowd, including Pelican, Isis, and especially Cave-In, who covered the title track from Failure's 1994 album, Magnified, on the 1999 Creative Eclipses EP. Andrews and Edwards have always toured with a shifting cast of pro-gear LA musicians, and this time they're joined by drummer Kellii Scott, who played on Fantastic Planet; in a recent interview they said that after nearly 20 years apart, they feel like they're playing their old material better than ever. —Luca Cimarusti



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