PICS: The Faint at the Observatory North Park

'Danse Macabre': The Faint tore through the Observatory North Park during a recent rare tour.

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The famed dance-punk group is on the road in support of their new Saddle Creek album "Egowerk" (released on March 15).
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Originally formed in 1995 in Omaha, Nebraska, the group is currently comprised of guitarist/bassist Dapose (Michael Dappen), drummer Clark Baechle, vocalist/keyboardist Todd Fink and keyboardist Graham Ulicny. (pictured left to right)
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The band's May 5 show (their second stop on their new tour) was their first in town since 2016, when they also played at the Observatory. (Dapose, pictured foreground)
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Fun fact: The Faint was originally known as Normal Bailer and included Saddle Creek labelmate Conor Oberst as a member. (Dapose, Baechle, and Fink pictured left to right)
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After releasing their debut record "Media" in 1998, and "Blank-Wave Arcade" in 1999, the band rose to prominence with 2001's "Danse Macabre" -- which earned rave reviews by critics and fans alike. (Fink, pictured foreground)
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They released its follow-up, "Wet From Birth," in 2004 and "Fasciinatiion" in 2008. Six years would transpire before the group released its next album "Doom Abuse." (Dapose, Beachle and Fink, pictured left to right)
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During their Sunday night show, the band played a career-spanning set list, performing at least one song from each of their albums -- but focusing on selections from "Danse Macabre" and "Egowerk" (both of which had five songs featured).
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According to, the local crowd was treated to "Quench the Flame," "The Geeks Were Right," "Desperate Guys," "Your Retro Career Melted," "Southern Belles in London Sing"... (Ulicny pictured)
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Followed by "Alien Angel," "I Disappear," "Chameleon Nights," "Evil Voices," "Let the Poison Spill From Your Throat," "Skylab1979," "Take Me to the Hospital"... (Dapose pictured)
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Along with "The Conductor," "Young & Realistic," "Worked Up So Sexual," "Paranoiattack," and a three-song encore of "Child Asleep," "Agenda Suicide" and "Glass Danse." 'Twas a great show -- come back soon, lads!
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