Influential indie label Saddle Creek has reissued Danse Macabre, the 2001 long player by Omaha, Nebraska synth-rock group The Faint.
The original album, along with the six bonus tracks, was remastered by Ted Jensen at New York City’s Sterling Sound and was released on CD and vinyl formats, both packaged with extensive booklet and DVD extras. The DVD includes archival video footage, live projection clips and the "Agenda Suicide" music video.
In its original form, Danse Macabre was comprised of nine tracks influenced by Berlin techno, 70s new wave and disco and the buzz saw guitar sound usually associated with punk and metal bands.
“We thought about what it would be to capture the essence of a dance club,” says keyboardist Jacob Thiele of the album. “I’m glad that the BPMs are all over the place and that we didn’t actually do a bunch of house tempos, which is more the direction we were trying to emulate. But we kind of kept it rock ’n’ roll.”
The Faint are currently on tour in the U.S. to support the reissue and are performing Danse Macabre in its entirety for the first time ever. The group, known for its strobe-lit and smoke-heavy live show, has an advocate in Saddle Creek owner Robb Nansel who recalls some of the early concert peaks:
“I remember some of the shows at the Metro in Chicago - just seeing the crowds react was always the most rewarding moment; seeing like 800 people, or whatever was in the room at the time, all freaking out and dancing around. We’d seen that in Omaha happen over the years, but it’s so different when you see it out of town.”