TUESDAY 2ND DECEMBER 2015
ALBUM: ‘THE HEART IS A MONSTER’ OUT NOW
‘Failure has been a huge inspiration to me. They say amateurs borrow and professionals steal. Well over the years this pro “Your favourite bands’ favourite band…Not only is (The Heart Is A Monster) a brilliant record, it’s also a victory they’ve ‘I have been a fan of this band for 23 years. I don’t mean ‘aware of’, I mean an actual FAN. I saw them play the couple of times they came here (a long time ago), I’ve loved all their albums and I even got to record with Ken. (Kept my cool for the first day then totally fanboyed out.) When I saw they were playing shows again last year, I had my fingers crossed for an album, that I’d pretty much been waiting 17 or 18 years for. The Heart Is A Monster was everything I could have hoped Some bands shine very bright very briefly, but stick in the memories of many true music fans. So it is with Failure. The LA based three-piece released three albums in the early 1990’s before splitting up. Their massive influence on the sound and songwriting of so many bands since is remarkable.
Failure – “Counterfeit Sky” (Official Music Video)
After splitting the individual members went on to various projects – Greg Andrews forming Autolux and Ken Andrews working on the producer/ mixer side with the likes of Chris Cornell, Beck and Nine Inch Nails. But the rumblings of many a fan finally got through and Failure returned after a 17-year hiatus in early 2014 with a
single Los Angeles date. The show sold out in seconds, which led to a North American tour, including a run of dates with Tool, and eventually back to the studio. The resultant album ‘The Heart Is A Monster’ was initially launched via D2C platform Pledge. The pickup was extraordinary. The album shows why Ken Andrews, Greg
Edwards and Kellii Scott remain such a powerful musical force. The band played their first UK/European show in 20 years at a sold out London’s Garage in May 2015 to a rapturous reception.
The trio’s 2015 come back album, The Heart Is A Monster received widespread critical acclaim when rekeased in the summer of 2015. Rolling Stone described the release as “a sprawling, 18 track voyage that… brilliantly picks up from where Fantastic Planet left off” and Metal Hammer added, “this most original of bands are experiencing the kind of commercial and critical acceptance that alluded them for so long. Do yourself, and them, a favour; don’t miss out second time round.”
Failure formed in Los Angeles in the early ‘90s, releasing Comfort, their debut album, in 1992 via Slash Records. Magnified followed in the spring of 1994 with the band’s final offering, Fantastic Planet, released in 1996. Fantastic Planet earned a perfect 5-star score from Alternative Press with the magazine saying the
album was able “to breathe life into the corpse of contemporary, guitar-driven rock,” adding that the band was “willing to stretch the definition of both their instruments and their songs.” The 17-track album is considered one of the era’s most influential and enduring rock records. Over the years, Failure has become
known as a “band’s band” whose songs have been covered by such diverse artists as A Perfect Circle (“The Nurse Who Loved Me”) and Paramore (“Stuck On You).
Failure are special guests to the legendary Refused at the London Electric Ballroom on Tuesday 2nd December as part of a full European tour support.
“(Failure are) one of the top 3 reasons why Paramore even exists” – Hayley Williams, Paramore
has robbed those poor saps blind’ – Maynard James Keenan, TOOL
fought hard for…” – Kerrang magazine, June 2015
for…’ – Dan Carter, Radio 1