Since their early 2014 winter reunion, Failure have expanded what appeared to be a intimate performance in Los Angeles onto a much wider platform. Nearly two decades later, the highly anticipated four album ‘The Heart Is A Monster’ made it’s debut last month, gracing fans with nineties nostalgia and a firm statement that music still carries a pulse. With a few selected European dates this past spring, the three-piece act began a nation tour stopping at the Westbury theatre in Long Island.
Three LED panels stood tall across the stage as they adorned the concert décor and provided infinite space life and electric tones. Their signature bass lines and low tempo guitar riffs captured the audience early on as they performed ‘Hot Traveler’ from their recent release. The alternative rock atmosphere left the crowd swaying slowly in a mental trance; digging through memories of a lost world while younger faces crossed their bucket list fantasies. While introducing new material early on, lead singer Ken Andrews sent the crowd into a higher gear with ‘Another Space Song.’ Audience members quickly participated through the chorus as they traveled through a performance time capsule.
Throughout the evening, Greg Edwards shifted from guitars to keyboards adding an intimate exposition to a fog machine climate. Kellii Scott sat calm and poised behind the drum set while delivering a soothingly powerful and aggressive rhythm. Crowd energy traveled through escalated routes, providing high praise for fan favorites and lingered considerably with their latest tracks in a positive light. Andrews’ interaction with the audience was heavily based on music interaction. Open avenues didn’t occur often, making their performance strictly about music. Coincidently, ‘Saturday Savior’ aligned perfectly with Saturday night, receiving one of the loudest ovations and energetic participations. The high intensity continued with ‘Sergeant Politeness’ pacing seamlessly into an encore.
Andrews’ stated that teasing audiences with a breather towards the end slows the momentum. Instead of a five-minute pause, Failure continued the set list with three songs before their exit, ending the night with ‘The Nurse Who Loved Me’ and ‘Daylight.’ Finding artists that channel the album sound onto a stage platform is rare to come by, still they manage to entertain and maintain a constant energy while avoiding sounding mundane. With favorable album reviews and breaking into the top 100 billboard charts, expect Failure to continue throughout the year with selective venue tours.
Another Space Song
Atom City Queen
Dirty Blue Balloons
Stuck on You
The Nurse Who Loved Me