The Faint stream ‘Egowerk’ LP + share ‘Quench The Flame’

The Faint press shot
Photo Credit: Bill Sitzmann

The group helped start an electro-pop-punk movement have returned with an 11-track LP with themes on modern society, the internet, and ego – specifically social media and its dark effects. With their first studio record in four years, ‘Egowerk,’ out tomorrow (Friday, March 15) via Saddle Creek, The Faint have shared an exclusive album stream with Talkhouse ‘Hear First. Ahead of the album release, the band also revealed a palpitating, beat brazen single, Quench The Flame. Take a listen via YouTube below. 

Despite The Faint’s nihilistic musings on ‘Egowerk,’ Fink and drummer, Clark Baechle remain optimistic that things can improve if society is willing to absorb dueling perspectives. “The more you learn about any issue, any issue at all, the more you understand that it’s more complicated than you think,” Fink says. “I’d like to see people less convinced that they’re right about everything all the time. I guess I think we’ll figure it out as time goes on.”

As their work progressed in the ‘00s, The Faint became famous for their all-consuming live shows, where fans could channel all of their energy into jumping, leaping, and shouting in passionate tandem with the band. The guys, in turn, feed off of that energy. “I always think of the audience—from what I can see beyond my mop of hair and the blinding lights—as this buzzing hive of bees,” says bassist Michael “Dapose” Dappen of the live show experience. “All trying to dance in their socially allowed spaces, vibrating into this wave of heat. The heat is what always gives me this excited energy to play harder. Like when you’re in a sauna. You want to make it hotter and hotter and see how much you can handle.”

The Faint will be on tour in support of the album – full list of dates below and here.

Tour Dates

5/2: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom*
5/3: Long Beach, CA @ Just Like Heaven Festival %
5/4: Long Beach, CA @ Just Like Heaven Festival %
5/5: San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park*
5/7: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre*
5/8: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre*
5/13: San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel*
5/14: San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel*
5/17: Portland, OR @ Star Theater*
5/18: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*
5/21: Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall*
5/22: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater*
5/24: Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room*
5/25: Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room*
7/27: Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall^
7/29: New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom^
7/30: New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom^
8/2: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts^
8/3: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club^
8/4: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall^
8/6: Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop^
8/7: Detroit, MI @ El Club^
8/9: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues^
8/10: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave ll (Downstairs)^
8/12: Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe^
8/13: Kansas City, MO @ Madrid Theatre^
8/15: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!^
8/16: Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn^

* w/ Choir Boy, Closeness
^ w/ Ritual Howls, Closeness
% Festival (no support)