Faunts

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Faunts
Origin Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Genres Electronic rock, space rock, post-rock, dream pop, shoegazing, new wave revival
Years active 2000–present
Labels Kinsella Recordings
Members Steven Batke
Paul Amusch
Tim Batke
Past members Joel Hitchcock
Nathan Seatter
Rob Batke
Scott Gallant

Faunts are an electronic rock band from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

History[edit]

Faunts was formed in the fall of 2000 by brothers Steve and Tim Batke. Faunts are released on Friendly Fire Recordings. In 2005, their debut album High Expectations/Low Results was well received.[1] In 2006, a 40-minute EP entitled M4 was released that grew out of music crafted to accompany short films for the Film and Video Arts Society.[2][3] One of the tracks from the album M4, "M4, Pt. II", was featured during the final credits of BioWare's 2007 RPG, Mass Effect.[4][5] [6] This raised the band's profile and "a sizeable new audience was exposed to Faunts’ moody, subdued melodies". [7] On November 18, 2008, they released a remix album titled Faunts Remixed, featuring remixes by acts such as Mark Templeton and DVAS.[8] [9] This was followed by their second full studio album, Feel.Love.Thinking.Of, [10] which was released on February 17, 2009 and is the result of songwriting over the course of touring across America. The song "Das Malefitz" was featured during the final credits of Mass Effect 3. On November 17, 2012 the band released "Left Here Alone", described by a press release as "an offering of a handful of unreleased yet essential songs that fill in the empty spaces between High Expectations/Low Results and M4 in Faunts' evolutionary map. Listening to this record is like travelling through the band's back catalogue."[11]

Between Feel.Love.Thinking.Of and Ostalgia, Tim Batke formed the band Duplekita with fourteen friends from other bands,[12] and Rob Batke left Faunts indefinitely to pursue a solo career under the pseudonym Artisan Loyalist.[13][14]

On February 12, 2016 Faunts announced the upcoming release of Ostalgia, "a five-volume compilation of new music" that will be released beginning in 2016. Volume 1, released August 12, 2016, is a five-part song titled "Thirty-Three", the sound of which hearkens back to the band's early work while exploring new musical territory.[15][16]

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Paul Arnush - drums
  • Steven Batke - vocals, guitar
  • Tim Batke - vocals, guitar, keyboard

Former[edit]

  • Joel Hitchcock
  • Nathan Seatter
  • Rob Batke
  • Scott Gallant - bass

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • M4 (December 11, 2007) [17]
  • Left Here Alone (November 17, 2012) [17]
  • Ostalgia, Volume 1 (August 12, 2016) [18]

Remix Albums[edit]

  • Remixed (November 18, 2008) [8]
  • Feel.Love.Thinking.Of. Remixes. (March 10, 2009)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Album Review Allmusic.
  2. ^ Tara Zurowski (September 20, 2006). "Faunts dream up a soundtrack for M4". Vue Weekly (570 ed.). Archived from the original on 2009-02-21. 
  3. ^ Tomas Palermo (February 6, 2008). "Faunts Drop New EP, Album in 2008". XLR8R. [dead link]
  4. ^ Michael Schmitt (2009). "Review: Faunts - Feel.Love.Thinking.Of.". Soundcheck Magazine. Archived from the original on 2009-08-25. 
  5. ^ "See Magazine preview of M4". Archived from the original on 2007-02-28. 
  6. ^ "The Gospel of 'Faunts' According to Matthew [An Interview with Rob Batke]". Life Without Pants. 2009. 
  7. ^ "BioWare Has A 'Mass Effect' On Local Edmonton Band 'Faunts'". G4tv. February 13, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-11-22. 
  8. ^ a b Amelia Raitt (2015). "Faunts, Remixed". eMusic.com Inc. 
  9. ^ Cam Lindsay (November 14, 2008). "Faunts Faunts Remixed". Exclaim!. 
  10. ^ Stuart Berman (February 23, 2009). "Faunts Feel. Love. Thinking. Of.". Pitchfork. Condé Nast. 
  11. ^ Alex Hudson (November 18, 2012). "Left Here Alone (EP Stream(". Exclaim!. Exclaim!. 
  12. ^ "DUPLEKITA". KINSELLA RECORDINGS. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  13. ^ "About". ARTISAN LOYALIST. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  14. ^ "Any news on the Faunts album that was to... - David Cunnington | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  15. ^ Kinsella Recordings (2016-02-10). "Faunts Join Kinsella Recordings". 
  16. ^ Faunts. "Ostalgia Volume 1". 
  17. ^ a b c d "Faunts". Discogs. 2015. 
  18. ^ "FAUNTS". KINSELLA RECORDINGS. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 

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