Watch Extended Trailer For Failure’s New Documentary

Failure have shared an extended trailer for their new documentary “Failure: The Documentary.” The full film is expected to debut in 2023. Notably, fans that attend the band’s upcoming live shows will also be able to watch a 30-minute preview of the documentary.

Failure Remove Their Music From Spotify In Protest Of COVID-19 Misinformation & Unfair Compensation For Artists

Failure have decided to remove their music from Spotify due to the spread of COVID-19 misinformation and the company’s unfair compensation for artists. This news comes after Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and more pulled their music from the service after taking issue with Joe Rogan’s controversial views on the pandemic, which he has widely shared on his podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.”

Failure said the following:

“Failure have wrestled with the question of Spotify and whether to have our newest music, which we control, on the platform. Until now, our ambivalence about Spotify has been based on their draconian royalty calculation which essentially gives artists a microscopic fraction of the money being generated by their music on the platform.

We’ve all seen the stories of just how little Spotify pays artists whose product powers their entire business model. It’s been a scam for artists since the beginning, following in the tradition of the major label model which preceded it.

But artists who want to have their music heard by the most ears possible have had an tough decision to make. Do we give our music to a company that devalues our product to the point where royalty checks from Spotify have become the butt of humorous memes, or do we withhold our music from the platform and supposedly miss out on an “entire generation of music listeners?”

That is exactly where Failure have been since 2015 when we released our first album since reuniting. Acquiescing to the desire for more ear holes. But now, with Spotify’s recent policy shift that allows COVID vaccine misinformation to thrive on their platform, Failure have decided that enough is enough.

Beyond the moral issues raised by Spotify’s COVID decision, the issue of vaccine misinformation and how it directly affects the current situation in the live music space is simply untenable. Right now, Failure have a 31-date US tour booked for June. The last tour we had booked in 2019 was canceled because of COVID, which was a massive financial blow to the band.

The vast majority of venues on our upcoming tour are requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test to see our show. We simply cannot square Spotify’s insistence on spreading misinformation about something that directly endangers our band’s supply chain, namely, human beings in a room with big speakers. There are multiple layers, and reasons for our decision, but looking at the capitalistic, free market angle, this band, like any other small business, is cutting ties with a partner that continues to cut into our bottom line. On that level, this problem is really that simple.

Of course, no system or business is perfect, but we have alternatives to Spotify that allow the band to be compensated in a more sustainable way, and without the need to associate ourselves with dangerous lies about public health policy.

If you want to buy lossless digital versions of our entire catalogue, we encourage you to purchase our music on Bandcamp: failureband.bandcamp.com

If you want to stream our music, we continue to offer our music through Apple and other streaming services.

We encourage other artists who want to be paid better for their music, and who don’t want to be in business with a company who is comfortable jeopardizing the industry to which they owe their entire business model, to join us.

Sincerely,
Failure“

Failure Announce North American Tour

Failure have announced a headlining North American tour. You can find the dates for that run below. Notably, the band also revealed that each show will open with a preview of their new documentary.

Tour Dates:

06/02 San Diego, CA – Music Box
06/03 Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriet’s
06/04 Las Vegas, CA – Backstage Bar
06/05 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
06/07 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
06/08 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
06/09 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
06/10 Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theater
06/11 St. Louis, MO – Pop’s
06/12 Dallas, TX – Trees
06/14 Austin, TX – Mohawk
06/15 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
06/16 New Orleans, LA – The Parish Room at House of Blues
06/17 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
06/18 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
06/19 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
06/21 Raleigh, NC – Cat’s Cradle
06/22 Baltimore, MD – Sound Stage
06/23 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
06/24 New York, NY – Warsaw
06/25 Boston, MA – The Sinclair
06/26 Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
06/28 Detroit, MI – The Crofoot
06/29 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
06/30 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
07/01 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
07/02 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
07/05 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
07/06 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
07/07 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
07/08 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theatre

Failure Premiere New Song “Submarines”

Failure have premiered a new song titled “Submarines.” This track is from the band’s new album “Wild Type Droid,” which will be released on December 3. Greg Edwards commented:

“The main riff appeared spontaneously during an endless jam, but ‘Submarines’ sounds like a song we’ve been waiting to write for years. These were the first lyrics written for the record, after the initial wave of Covid confusion and uncertainty. It’s a song about coming back to the surface, putting away your armor, ignoring willful idiocy, and getting back to life after a trauma. We’ve collectively lost our innocence with this plague and we need to fight the reflex to close-up and sink like a stone when risk and threat and fear seem to be everywhere.”

Failure Premiere New Song “Headstand”, Reveal Details For New Album “Wild Type Droid”

Failure have premiered a new song titled “Headstand.” This track is from the band’s new album “Wild Type Droid,” which will be released on December 3.

Ken Andrews said the following about the new song:

“The lyrics come from my earliest memory of spacing-out in my room when I was seven, trying to conceive of infinity and watching the dust falling through the bars of sunlight pouring through my blinds. I had heard that a lot of that dust was made up of skin cells and that really stuck with me. It’s kind of a love song to those bizarre innocent moments of solitude.”

He also added the following about the album:

“To me, it captures a lot of the new musical approaches and techniques we were going for on this album, but somehow is still quintessential Failure. We’ve been together long enough to know that some of our best ideas come directly from these experimental sessions.

For this album, we simply cultivated that methodology for a much longer time than we have in the past. It brought out the trio aspect of the band. There was a feeling we could really push the individual parts further away from each other and let the more interesting and challenging combinations take center stage.”

Greg Edwards also discussed the cover art, which was created by digital artist Beeple:

“This feels like a good place and time to abandon the space iconography and theme once and for all. In a lot of ways, this album feels like a return to earth. All minds have been called back to their bodies. There’s a lot to attend to right in front of us.”

“Wild Type Droid” Track Listing:

01. “Water With Hands”
02. “Headstand”
03. “Lifetime Of Joy”
04. “Submarines”
05. “Bring Back The Sound”
06. “Mercury Mouth”
07. “Undecided”
08. “Long Division”
09. “Bad Translation”
10. “Half Moon”

Failure Release 2020 Version Of Their Cover Of Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy The Silence”

Failure have released a new version of their cover of Depeche Mode‘s “Enjoy The Silence.“ Ken Andrews said the following about that:

“We originally recorded a cover of ‘Enjoy The Silence‘ for the 1998 Depeche Mode tribute, ‘For The Masses‘. That album has all but disappeared, no longer in print and not available via streaming platforms but we as a band are proud of our take on that song and had wanted to re-record it for some time. With the blessing of both Martin Gore and Depeche Mode, we re-addressed our version and came up with this new version for 2020.”

Failure Frontman Ken Andrews Says Drummer Kelli Scott Is “Recovering Well From His Cancer Surgery”

Failure frontman Ken Andrews has offered an update on drummer Kelli Scott’s battle with colon cancer. He said the following in a new video that he launched for his creative and recording techniques:

“I’m happy to report that Kelli Scott, the drummer of the band Failure, is totally recovering well from his cancer surgery. So in my world, everything’s very upside down with schedules and what we can do, but we’re all healthy so that’s the main thing.”

Scott himself previously commented on his illness earlier this year:

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Failure Cancel July Shows

Failure have officially cancelled their July shows in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York due to the coronavirus pandemic. Those dates were supposed to feature full album performances of “Comfort,“ “Magnified,” and “Fantastic Planet.“

Failure commented:

“Failure fans and anyone who bought tickets to any of the nine shows the band was scheduled to perform this July 2020. All nine shows are officially cancelled. The band have been planning and preparing to do the shows, but the reality is concerts like this are not going to be safe well past July, and may not be allowed to comeback until wide adoption of a vaccine is in place.

Although the band does plan to eventually reschedule these shows, we feel it would be a mistake to reschedule them at this point, when there is no realistic way of knowing when concerts will be safe again. We are very aware that many ticket holders for these shows also have travel and accommodation bookings to contend with and we don’t want you to have to deal with rescheduling all of that twice.

As soon as the path forward for safe concerts becomes clearer, we will rebook these shows. The band wants everyone to know how disappointed we are that these shows are cancelled, but in the big picture this is just a delay, and these shows will eventually happen.

In the meantime, some good news to report. The band just received a second set of test pressings from the plant that is manufacturing the Failure 1992-1996 Box Set and they sound great! We are approving them and hope to see the Box Set move into production next week! Stay tuned.

–Failure“