The Faint: Doom Abuse

The Faint: Doom Abuse

(SQE, 4/8/14)

"Help in the Head"


“Unexpected but also inevitable” — that’s what dance-punk outfit The Faint calls its sixth album, Doom Abuse. Driven by a desire for unstructured spontaneity (some songs were written on the spot in the studio) and lyric explorations of the subconscious, the 12-track record is an amalgamation of The Faint’s signature sounds, presented with a new urgency.

The tone is caustic and the beats are frenetic, taking the notion of dance punk to a more appropriately aggressive level. Decidedly more disruptive than previous records, the band leaves little space for reflection between tracks, sending a message loud and clear that it’s back with a vengeance.