Have You Heard? Faintest Idea
A few weeks back we mentioned that UK ska-punks Faintest Idea have a new album due out in April, and a tour starting at the end of February. With the tour starting in a just a couple of days, we figured now would be a great chance to tell you more about the rather outspoken group!
Musically, Faintest Idea deliver a nice blend of ska and punk from various generations. There are strong hints of two tone ska with major nods to the likes of Madness and The Selecter in recent material, but the third wave era seeps through, containing elements of the likes of Less Than Jake. The punk side again switches from the old school influences of Sex Pistols, but the Epi-Fat era of punk is there with similarities to Rancid.
With these influences the music is both fast, aggressive and angst ridden, but there is a lot of fun too. The brass pumps hard and the guitars switch between gritty distorted riffs and a standard muted sound that we expect with Ska. Expect to want to either mosh or get your knees up for a dance. All of this is fronted by a voice that sounds as if it has chewed gravel for long time – rough with a proper British accent – which makes the opinionated views of Faintest Idea stand out more. The passion in the music is fueled by the same passion in their song topics, touching on a lot of the shit that happens in the world, sharing their views on politics, capitalism and many other harsh realities that most of the world needs to wake up to.
Recently Faintest Idea released ‘Circling The Drain’ on Bandcamp and now as a much video as a teaser from their forthcoming album ‘Increasing The Minimum Rage’.
‘Increasing the Minimum Rage’ will be out on April 1st through TNS Records.
‘Increasing The Minimum Rage’ track list:
1. Circling The Drain
3. Down Pressure
4. Echo Chambre
5. The Well Has Run Dry
6. Stick Em Up (Lords of War)
7. Throw Away The Key
8. No Consequences
“The new record sounds heavier both musically and lyrically than our previous releases” comment the band “With free market capitalism still rampant things don’t look too great for the younger generation. The album is a reflection of the time we find ourselves in, it is the sound of people trying to keep hope in a seemingly bleak future.”
The new album was recorded with Hieronymus Melchers, who is a known producer to have worked with legendary names from the ska punk scene including Capdown, Citizen Fish, King Prawn and Snuff. The 11 track album also features guest performances from Vic Ruggiero of The Slackers and Sean Howe of Random Hand.
Fans can preorder the record now from the TNSrecords store in a variety of packages and bundles, including a limited edition pressing of 300 12″ vinyls available in pink (100) or translucent green (200), with the first 50 vinyl orders receiving an exclusive numbered screen print.
The band have a string of UK headline tour dates to showcase tracks from the new album – full dates below.
2016 UK Headline Tour Dates:
24.02.16 – Oxford – The Cellar
25.02.16 – Canterbury – The Lady Luck
26.02.16 – Brighton – Bleach
27.02.16 – Hastings – The Union Bar
03.03.16 – Sheffield – The Lughole
04.03.16 – Liverpool – Maguire’s Pizza Bar
05.03.16 – Cambridge – The Corner House