Failure Receive Praise and Kudos from Tool, Paramore, and Palms
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:03:52
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The alternative rock innovators receive endorsement from a myriad of rock bands.
Failure's influence continues to expand. It's been nearly 20 years since the Los Angeles alternative rock group's seminal Fantastic Planet hit shelves, and it's reached classic status in that time. The band makes it return with an extremely worthy follow-up, The Heart is a Monster, out June 30. The new offering not only preserves and upholds the hallmarks of their signature style, but it sees Failure naturally evolve, taking their brand of space rock to another galaxy altogether. It's just fun to be along for the ride as a listener—and we will be on this ship with them for a long time to come!
Over the years, Failure's influenced countless acts. You can feel it across both indie and hard rock, however, it's especially cool to hear it from the bands themselves. In this exclusive feature, we talk to Maynard James Keenan of Puscifer, Tool, and A Perfect Circle, Hayley Williams of Paramore, and more about the distinct impact Failure has had on them.
What can you say about Failure?
Maynard James Keenan of Puscifer, Tool, & A Perfect Circle
Maynard James Keenan: Failure has been a huge inspiration to me. They say, "Amateurs borrow and professionals steal." Well, over the years, this pro has robbed these poor saps blind. Biting their style has become second nature. But please don't tell them that...
Hayley Williams of Paramore
Haylely Williams: I first got a burned copy of Fantastic Planet when I was 13-years-old. That blows my mind to think about! I got it from a friend named Randall. He gave it to me, and he was like, "I don't know if I really love it, but I thought you should have it". Taylor York really loves Failure. I think that's where most of our friends found about the band. Taylor has two older brothers, and they gave him all sorts of music. We would take it and make it our own. Failure was one of those bands. Fantastic Planet changed my whole mind about writing songs. When you're a teenager, everything at fourteen was so detrimental and heavy. One of the ways I connected to Failure was the songs were dark, but the band played them with a sarcasm I really related to. I love Failure! Meeting Ken Andrews last summer was a huge thing for us. We were so nervous. Now, he's sort of on our team, which feels so cool!