Failure at The Mercury Ballroom September 30
90's hit band, Failure, was both grounded in a heavy breed of pure pop and ambitious experimentalism -- the combination of which defies description just as it exudes an instant familiarity. Today, they have been working on the follow-up to their critically acclaimed album, Fantastic Planet, which they will be bringing to you live among their classic works at the Mercury Ballroom on Friday, August 7. The founding force and career-long creative core of Failure consisted of multi-instrumentalists Ken Andrews and Greg Edwards, a '90s songwriting team practically unrivaled within the claustrophobic confines of post-grunge American rock. Kellii Scott joined the band in 1994 during the recording of their album, Magnified. Their music certainly owed something to song-driven, moody artists like Nirvana and Stone Temple Pilots, but Failure also had many melodic and thematic qualities that were unique and compelling. It all amounted to a rare and sweet form of rock artistry.
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. The first single from this 1996 masterpiece, "Stuck on You," became a minor alt-radio and MTV hit. It seemed that the public had picked up on the enthusiasm that so many critics and musicians shared. The song was an ironically catchy number about the power of a catchy song to stick in a listener's head.
Failure returned from a 17-year hiatus in early 2014 with a riotous hometown show at the El Rey Theatre and performances at Fun Fun Fun Fest, Riot Fest, the Sunset Strip Music Festival, Cinquanta, an outing with old friends Tool, and the band’s own Tree of Stars tour.Failure is distinguished by their meticulous attention to textural sonic detail, inventive use of guitar effects and signal processing, and the overall expansive sound design of their later albums.
Tickets are $18 in advance. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. – Doors open at 7:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. Service charges not included on ticket prices. Tickets subject to price increases day of show. Tickets may be purchased at mercuryballroom.com or at The Louisville Palace Box Office, 625 South Fourth Street
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