This past Monday, iconic post-grunge trio Failure announced a reunion tour. We’ve got some super fans at the Dine Alone office, including owner Joel Carriere.. here’s a dedicated post from the man himself:
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FAILURE - YES, YES, YES
In the early mid 90s I was obsessed with music (not unlike today as I write this story, haha) from researching the roots of contemporary artists to the discovery of new and upcoming artists.
Failure came into my life around 1994ish. I think, at this point, I had an awful job or two that supported my well rounded music habit.
I really wish I remembered what magazine was the catalyst between Tool, Failure and my immediate interest in needing to hear Failure. I am sure it may have been a Creem, NME, Melody Maker, Spin or Ray Gun, I guess that is not as important as the fact that it did exist and did happen.
Tool were the famous friends and crucial proponents of Failure. I loved Tool from the moment I heard Opiate in 92 and had become a super fan of all things Tool. When a variety of different magazines and interviews started to pop up into my life about the band Failure, and Tool was their champion, I had to check them out.
One of the few good things about my parking booth job was having a great record store across the street. I remember that excitement and nervousness of grabbing Failure’s Magnified.
I put the “Back in 5 Minutes” sign up and ran across the street. Fingers were crossed that the record store would have it in, because I was determined to listen to it. Of course, the Station to Station record store had it. I slapped down the 15 or 20 bucks that I’d saved, ran back to my parking booth and put the cd into my shitty ghetto blaster and boom, “Let it Drip" was the first song and I was in love.
I couldn’t believe there was another band’s music out there that fit my ears like a glove. I was listening to tons of music at the time but Failure was in the same world as my ‘go-to’s’. They were on the same team as Hum, Helmet, Tool and Quicksand.
I think around that very moment Tool had announced their show at Varsity Arena in Toronto with The Flaming Lips and Failure. Not only was I discovering a future favourite band, but I was going to see them months later.
That show will forever be burnt into my head as a perfect show, the people, the energy, the discovery, and the sheer excitement of a perfect bill. I remember having only so much money and was going to grab a few Tool items. I ended up leaving with a Failure shirt and a very rad Flaming Lips shirt instead.
Fast forward another year or so, and two members of Failure had teamed up with a gentlemen from Tool to put out this really amazing dark tribute record under the Replicants moniker. This had amazing covers of The Cars, T-Rex, Neil Young and more. The record was a great listen and I remember it being hard to find, so any time I found it I would buy it for another music pal. This, also for a young me, furthered my fandom of Failure.
Fast forward another year or so and Failure’s ’ Fantastic Planet ’ comes out. Pretty sure I got that from the same record store as the previous Failure record. For those of you that know that record and share the same reaction to hearing the lead track, “Saturday Saviour," It was a game changer. From that first listen, you felt like Failure were about to become the next big alternative band. Your little secret was about to be out and the world was going to know what you had already known about for a couple years. Seemed like their first single "Stuck On You" was popping up on MUCH, MTV and alternative stations and just as you thought it was about to go, it disappeared from mainstream media. Shortly thereafter, I found out they’d broken up.
Breakups back then were harder on fans. Previous to the glorious age of the internet and mediocre journalism fans had to work at being a fan of a band. Fans had to commit to a band, do research, hunt out bootlegs, check local listings…there was a real effort that a fan had to make to like a band. That effort translated into long term relationships.
So as you can imagine when they announced Failure was back together, all those fans who’d spent that time being a fan were very excited. That, mixed with their legacy over the years, has translated into genuine widespread excitement.
I am writing this because I am a fan and I am excited to see them. If I get to work with them I will be over the moon but if I don’t, and at least get to see them, I will still be over the moon. In the end, it’s just nice to be a fan of a band. It’s nice to invest time and really commit to a band and I know, these days, it’s a click of the button to become a fan and an easy click to forget. But Failure are more than a click of a button, they are a great rock and roll band that has stood the test of time and I couldn’t be more fucking excited that they are back and I will get to see them once again.
PS. If anyone knows them, I would love to help put out their possible new record, ahahaha.