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    Tue, 30 Oct 2012 12:08:28

    Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. The Faint's Todd Fink - Find out who almost passed out

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    Today, we invited The Faint's Todd Fink into the ring for a Take Aim. Guess who almost passed out? We'll give you a hint. It wasn't Mr. Fink. We chatted with him about the reissue of Danse Macabre and more!

    What else do YOU need to know? The Faint will be reissuing their exhilarating and influential album Danse Macabre on November 19 on Saddle Creek. The remastered release will feature six bonus tracks from the era as well as an extensive booklet and will be available on CD in a triple-disc format with a DVD, and on double vinyl that also includes the CDs and DVD. The DVD will include archival video footage from the band, live projection videos from that era's tour dates, the "Agenda Suicide" music video (directed by MK12), some live footage, and more.

    The November tour will find 'em playing the album in full, front to back. It will be the first time fans will be exposed to the new slim-and-trim quartet of Todd Fink, Jacob Thiele, Dapose, and Clark Baechle.

    The reissue of Danse Macabre sounds extensive. How fun and/or exhausting was it to go through the vaults?

    I don't think I've ever considered myself especially nostalgic but i have to admit it's been pretty rad seeing what everyone had stashed away. Old photos especially. We split up duties a bit unfairly but it did get done! Dapose put a lot of time into the layout and collage components of this new deluxe version. The rest of us just compiled shit for him to scan and picked out the bonus material for the CD and DVD. Our friend Jon took home a box of our old hi8 home video tapes and was able to make a nice little mini documentary that captures the era. It's pretty cool to see it all come together.

    A band playing an album in full is always interesting to us. How much practice is required to dust off some of the deep cuts you've not played in a long, long, long time?

    It's always a bit of a project to learn an old song. I think it's especially tricky if they are songs that haven't ever been played live before. A lot of our songs are roughly sketched out at practice just before we go in to record them. It's pretty common for them to take on a completely new life in the studio. When the album is done, that's when we'll go back and figure out who plays what parts and how it can all happen live. Some of these songs have still not made it to that stage, even after all these years. I'm sure we'll run into snags doing those but i don't think our goal is to sound exactly like the record anyways. We plan to have fun with it. Otherwise we wouldn't bother.

    If you were not a musician, you would be...

    Probably a 9 ball champion or an astronaut. . . maybe a food scientist. I suppose it's more likely that I'd design objects that I think should exist.

    Any non-musical skills, hobbies or talents?

    I used to ride a skateboard for a living. Then I couldn't walk so well so i took up shooting pool and playing music.

    Three people you have to follow on Twitter + why?

    I feel like I look at screens too much as it is.

    Will you check out the re-release of Danse Macabre?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    09.26.12



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