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Review Wed Jul 28 2010

Review: The Faint @ Metro, 7/23

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The Faint (photos by Katie Hovland)

The Faint are known for their electric stage show, but what impressed me most when they came through town Friday night at Metro was the dedication of my fellow concertgoers. These past few weeks in the city have been fairly humid, and Friday was no exception. With the huge crowd, it was probably a good ten degrees hotter inside Metro than outside the venue, but that didn't stop anyone from dancing their butts off and crowding up front. I, on the other hand, had been boiling hot and, in an effort to keep myself from fainting (no pun intended), ended up situating myself all the way at the back wall with no one around me. I'd been bested.

The band walked on stage and ripped through the best of every one of their albums, from "Mirror Error" to "Worked Up So Sexual" to "Take Me to the Hospital". Besides an occasional thank you to the crowd and a dedication to Lindsay Lohan, the band hardly took a break between songs, instead providing a non-stop dance party revved up by their melodic synths and singer Todd Fink's magnetic stage presence. They ended the night with crowd favorites "The Geeks Were Right" and "Glass Danse", and if the crowd was at all exhausted in the sweltering heat, they sure didn't show it.

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The Faint (photos by Katie Hovland)

Even if the band had been terrible, the spectacle on stage might have been entertainment enough to make the show enjoyable. The stage was adorned with around twelve giant alien figurines, hanging off speakers and standing on stage like they were members of the band. Of course it wouldn't be The Faint without an insane light show, and in combination with the looming aliens, we might as well have been partying with the Martians.

Luckily, when the show let out, the city was immersed in a refreshing downpour. Did I mention how hot it was in there?

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Our Final Transmission Days

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