The Faint

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The Faint
The Faint live on tour 2008
The Faint live on tour 2008
Background information
OriginOmaha, Nebraska, U.S.
GenresIndie rock, post-punk revival, dance-punk, new wave
Years active1995–present
LabelsBlank.wav, Saddle Creek, Astralwerks
Associated actsVverevvolf Grehv, Broken Spindles, Depressed Buttons, Digital Leather, TIT, Reptar
MembersTodd Fink
Graham Ulicny
Clark Baechle
Past membersConor Oberst
Matt Bowen
Joel Petersen
Jacob Thiele (deceased)

The Faint is an American indie rock band. Formed in Omaha, Nebraska, the band consists of Todd Fink, Graham Ulicny, Dapose and Clark Baechle. The Faint was originally known as Norman Bailer and included Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes, with whom The Faint toured in 2005). He quit shortly after the band was formed,[1] though the Faint continued to share a spot with Bright Eyes on Saddle Creek Records.


Growing up, Fink, Petersen, and Baechle skateboarded in their free time, until Fink developed knee problems, which shifted their hobbies towards making music.[2] The band originally consisted of Clark Baechle, Todd Fink (formerly Todd Baechle), and Joel Petersen. They signed to Saddle Creek Records and released a few singles, but were unable to establish widespread sales. After adding Matt Bowen, the Faint released Media. At the end of 1998, Jacob Thiele joined the band, and shortly thereafter, Matt Bowen was replaced by Ethan Jones. They toured the U.S., playing what would become the songs that would comprise the next album, Blank-Wave Arcade, which had a more dance and techno influenced sound and was an underground hit.[3] Before recording the album, however, Jones left the band and was replaced on bass guitar by Joel Petersen, who played both bass and guitar on the album. Partway through the creation of Danse Macabre, the Faint added Dapose, a death metal guitarist formerly of LEAD. Their next album, recorded with Mike Mogis and released in 2004, was called Wet from Birth. Conor Oberst claimed in an August 2020 interview with Pitchfork Magazine that The Faint were offered a major label record deal, but turned it down out of loyalty and commitment to Saddle Creek, which at the time was still a collaborative project between members of The Faint, Cursive and Bright Eyes. [4]

In May 2008, the Faint announced that they had split from Saddle Creek, and that their fifth studio album would be self-released under their own label, blank.wav. The album, entitled Fasciinatiion, was released on August 5, 2008 in the U.S. The first single from the album was "The Geeks Were Right", which was released on Boys Noize Records. It was also announced that the band would tour North America with British electronic group Ladytron during the spring.[5]

Since the release of Fasciinatiion, two of the band members, Clark Baechle and Todd Fink have been quietly, with little advertising, performing under the name Depressed Buttons, playing remixes of other artists, and DJing for various small clubs and venues.

The band performed an original song "Teach Me Teacher" on the children's show Yo Gabba Gabba! in the third-season episode "School", which originally aired September 19, 2010.[6]

On October 30, 2012, Saddle Creek Records released a deluxe edition of Danse Macabre with the original album remastered, bonus and unreleased tracks, and a DVD of archival footage, live projections from that era's tour dates, and live footage.[7] The band announced that it would play Danse Macabre in its entirety along with fan favorites during a tour of 24 cities across North America.[8]

In 2016, Graham Ulicny (of Reptar) replaced Jacob Thiele on keyboards.[9] Thiele died on February 13, 2020.[10]

Band members[edit]

  • Todd Fink — vocals, keyboards, guitar (1995–present)
  • Clark Baechle — drums, percussion (1995–present)
  • Dapose (Michael Dappen) (born May 22, 1979) — guitar (2001–present)
  • Graham Ulicny — keyboards, vocals (2016–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Conor Oberst — guitar, vocals (1995)
  • Matt Bowen — bass, keyboards (1995–1998)
  • Ethan Jones — bass (1998-1999)
  • Jacob Thiele (July 6, 1979-February 14, 2020) — keyboards, vocals (1998–2016) (died 2020)
  • Joel Petersen — guitar (1995–2008), bass, programming (1999-2008)



Studio albums[edit]

Remix albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • CAPSULE:1999-2016 (2016 · Saddle Creek)

Singles and EPs[edit]




Other projects[edit]

Vverevvolf Grehv[edit]

Vverevvolf Grehv
OriginOmaha, Nebraska
Years active2007–present
LabelsRelapse Records
Associated actsThe Faint, Conor Oberst

Vverevvolf Grehv (pronounced as Werewolf Grave) is the brainchild of Dapose. The music of Vverevvolf Grehv combines the brutality of death metal, the tempos of speed metal and the sonic decimation of noise with the complexities of electronic music genres such as snare rush and IDM. He is influenced by Merzbow’s work, the writings of Howard Bloom, and numerous classical composers.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Faint // Profile, The Faint, (2005-01-27). Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  2. ^ The Faint // Youtube Interview Archived May 20, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, BeatLawrence Interviews the Faint, (2007-10-21). Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  3. ^ Lazy-i // Interview Archived September 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, The Faint: men in black, (2001-08-15). Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  4. ^ Sodomsky, Sam. "The Music That Made Conor Oberst". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 6, 2021.
  5. ^ "Ladytron and the Faint to Tour Together". idiomag. 2009-02-12. Archived from the original on February 19, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-13.
  6. ^ "Teach Me - The Faint - Yo Gaba Gaba". 2010-09-10. Retrieved 2021-03-06.
  7. ^ "The Faint Danse Macabre (Deluxe Edition) [Remastered]". Archived from the original on 25 August 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  8. ^ "The Faint website". Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  9. ^ "Frontman Todd Fink Talks 'Refuturizing' The Faint and Touring with Gang of Four'". Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  10. ^ Coffey, Kevin. "Former member of The Faint, Jacob Thiele, has died. He helped Omaha music get recognized". The Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved 14 February 2020.

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