Failure have officially started the recording process for their new album. The band recently confirmed the news on Instagram:
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 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:
[via The PRP]
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 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’s new vinyl set, “Failure: 1992-1996,“ has been delayed. The set was originally supposed to be released on April 7, but it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The band commented:
“Due to manufacturing delays related to Covid-19, the shipping date for the Failure Boxset has been pushed back. At this point, many vinyl plants worldwide are temporarily shutdown, so we can not currently project a release date. To compensate for this unfortunate turn of events and give a little quarantine goodwill we have decided to release download codes to the digital versions of the remixed/remastered audio to anyone who has already purchased the boxset. We have your E-mail and you will receive a download code by this Tuesday, April 7th. If you purchase now, and moving forward, you will also receive the codes.”
In other news, the group have also confirmed that their special July tour is still on for now:
“Concerning the July shows in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York— as they are still more than 90 days away no decision has been made to cancel them yet, so we are moving ahead with preparation as though they are going to happen. Of course, this could change as stay-at-home orders are extended, so stay tuned for further updates.”
[via The PRP]
Failure will be performing “Comfort,“ “Magnified,” and “Fantastic Planet“ in full during three-night residencies in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. With this news, the band have also announced that they will be releasing a new vinyl set featuring those records. The release, which is titled “Failure: 1992-1996,” will be available on April 7.
The band issued the following statement:
“We will be playing our first three albums: Comfort, Magnified and Fantastic Planet, in their entirety in a trio of July residencies: July 9 to 11 at Chicago’s Thalia Hall, July 16 to 18 at The Echoplex in Los Angeles and July 23 to 25 at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom.
We have also announced an April 7 release of FAILURE 1992-1996, a four-piece vinyl box set featuring the three ‘90s-era albums. With the original masters finally being unearthed, Comfort, Magnified and Fantastic Planet have been meticulously restored, remixed, and remastered by Ken to a new level of sonic fidelity that eclipses all previous iterations of the band’s early work.
‘Almost everything people have heard from these albums has been sourced from 16bit digital files made in the ‘90s, which was state of the art at the time,’ explains Ken. ‘But when we found out we were getting our hands on the original analog master tapes, and with all the confusion and lack of quality control on several of the previous iterations, we set out to create the definitive versions of Comfort, Magnified and Fantastic Planet. Everything has been sourced directly from first generation multitrack and stereo master tapes. This is us finally getting to present our early work the way we’ve always wanted to.’
In addition to all the originally released songs from the three albums, we have discovered several unreleased songs which have also been restored and will be included in the box set. ‘Listening to the b-sides and outtakes from that first year of being a band takes me right back to playing the tiny stage at Jabberjaw in Los Angeles,’ added Greg. ‘It’s always surprising to me how much of the expansiveness and atmosphere of the later records exist in embryonic form on those earliest stripped-down recordings.’
‘These new versions have all the magic from the originals, but now, instead of looking through a hazy pane of glass, the window has been completely opened and you can hear all the elements in their full glory,’ said Kellii.
FAILURE: 1992 to 1996 is available exclusively via Failure.hellomerch.com with pre-orders available now. Bundled packages, featuring the box set and various VIP or ticketing packages, are available via Failure.soundrink.com.
FAILURE: 1992 – 1996 tracklist:
Let It Drip
Dirty Blue Balloons
The Nurse Who Loved Me
Another Space Song
Stuck On You
Outtakes (not listed in sequence):
Petting the Carpet
You’re Too Much *
Rat Sack *
Count My Eyes *
* – Previously unreleased
July 9 Chicago, IL Comfort at Thalia Hall
July 10 Chicago, IL Magnified at Thalia Hall
July 11 Chicago, IL Fantastic Planet at Thalia Hall
July 16 Los Angeles, CA Comfort at The Echoplex
July 17 Los Angeles, CA Magnified at The Echoplex
July 18 Los Angeles, CA Fantastic Planet at The Echoplex
July 23 New York, NY Comfort at Bowery Ballroom
July 24 New York, NY Magnified at Bowery Ballroom
July 25 New York, NY Fantastic Planet at Bowery Ballroom
Tickets for Chicago are on-sale this Friday, Dec. 20 at 11 am central. Tickets for Los Angeles are on-sale tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 12 noon pacific. Tickets for NY are on-sale Dec. 20 at 12 noon eastern.”
When PledgeMusic collapsed earlier this year, a number of artists ended up losing thousands of dollars that fans sent them through the crowdfunding service. Now, Failure’s Ken Andrews has issued an open letter on the situation, accusing the company’s former CEO Dominic Pandiscia of financial misconduct.
Andrews said the following:
“My name is Ken Andrews and I’ve been in the music business for 28 years. I’ve produced or mixed over 100 albums for artists like Beck, NIN, Paramore, Jimmy Eat World, and many more. My own band, Failure, launched a pre-order album campaign through Pledge Music in 2015 for a new album we made called The Heart is a Monster.
We sold over $200k in pre-orders in the first 2 weeks. It was a successful campaign for the band, and a well above average campaign for Pledge as well. Pledge took their cut, 20%, paid us our cut, and everyone walked away satisfied. Upon completing a second new album in 2018, my band decided to go back to Pledge for the same pre-order service we had used them for in 2015. Like most bands, my band has struggled through plenty of disappointing experiences over the years, but nothing could prepare us for what came next.
The agreement you make with Pledge Music is that they give you your piece of the pie, 80%, after YOU have fulfilled the orders you received through pledge‘s website. Their service was always slightly suspicious to me as I couldn’t see how they could justify 20% for essentially setting up a credit card payment system and having a website that simply created a page for you using images the artist supplies.
They do no external marketing, except promoting themselves. But whatever, there is no one in our band that is an expert in this kind of website programming, so we were fine with paying someone else to handle the financial transaction part of our preorder campaign. It worked fine last time.
The campaign was launched, and while the excitement for this album was clearly less than our previous “first album in 20 years” album, we still did quite a bit of business. Currently we are owed $75k from Pledge Music.
But then in the summer of 2018 we started to hear rumors that other bands weren’t getting paid like normal. When we called our contact at Pledge, they confirmed the rumors, but said it would be worked out and that we would eventually get our money. They told us that pledge had some temporary cash flow issues that were being ironed out.
I hate to say this, but as soon as I heard that excuse, I was pretty sure our money was gone. That money was supposed to be walled off and inaccessible for use in any of Pledge‘s company expenditure’s. That was money our three band members had been counting on for the year plus of work we put into writing and recording that album, including significant studio expenses. Other artists are owed way more than we are, some as much as $250k. It is now estimated that pledge owes artists $10 million USD.
As time went on it became clearer and clearer that Pledge had spent artist’s monies, and they were in serious trouble. Then in October 2018, the CEO of Pledge Music, Dominic Pandiscia resigned. He was hired in April 2016. I have a source who worked inside Pledge Music until the very end. Pandiscia‘s time as CEO aligns exactly with my understanding of when the company decided to break with its own long-standing rule of keeping money owed artists separate from operating expenses, and investment costs of growing the company.
So here’s what we have. In 2015 a company fully functioning and in the black, providing a backend payment service to bands who don’t want to deal with that aspect of selling their music. A company making a decent profit by providing a simple service to DIY music artists who, for the most part, have chosen to operate outside the traditional record label industry. Pledge Music was not a record label. Artists did not sign their masters over to Pledge.
They were a payment processing company, working on behalf of self-releasing artists, that’s it. Unfortunately, that level of success was not enough for Pledge and its new CEO, Dominic Pandiscia. They wanted more, a lot more. Which is why they began an aggressive investment campaign. This would not have been a problem except that Pandiscia thought it was a fine idea to go ahead and spend my band’s money to grow his company.
No where in Pledge‘s terms of service agreement does it say that your money is going to be used to grow a company you have no vested interest in. And no where does it say that your money is subject to be stolen. Because that is in fact what Pandiscia has done here. Pandiscia stole my band’s money to benefit the company he was CEO of.
Now you might be asking yourself, well its been a year now since the collapse of pledge music. What has happened? I’m here to tell you nothing has happened. No one has been charged with any crime, and the $10 million dollars that pledge music still owes artists is gone and will never be paid. Pandiscia and other Pledge Music executives have walked away scott free.
But that’s not the end of the story. What did Pandiscia do after he resigned from pledge? He didn’t leave the music business. Far from it. He called up his friend Larry Mestel, the founder and head of the massive LA based music company, known as Primary Wave, and asked him for a job. Primary Wave does music publishing, marketing, label services, you name it, they have a department for it. Now why would Larry Mestel want to hire someone who literally just bankrupted the music company he was CEO of? It’s really quite simple. Let me explain.
Primary Wave also have an extensive artist management roster including Brandy, CeeLo Green, Melissa Etheridge, Fantasia, Cypress Hill, Chris Robinson (of the Black Crows), etc. Several of these artists, including Mellisa Etheridge, actually had large pre-order campaigns running with pledge when the shit hit the proverbial fan in 2018.
Well, guess what happened with every artist on Primary Wave and their respective pledge campaigns? They all got their money. That’s right. If you were an artist on Primary Wave and had a pledge campaign running when Pandiscia was CEO, despite every other artist on pledge not getting their money, you got yours.
How do I know this? Pandiscia is not listed anywhere on Primary Wave‘s website even though every other executive there has their own page identifying their title and a brief bio. I know this because I have a source inside Primary Wave. They told me Pandiscia has an office there, which surprised them and most other people who work there, as they were all well aware of the Pledge Music scandal.
It seemed kind of incredible to me and I wanted some form of proof. So I began looking closer at the other employees of Primary Wave. Almost all of them, upon being hired, have received numerous mentions and welcomes into the Primary Wave fold on the various social media feeds Primary Wave controls, and, importantly, they all have a little bio about them, right next to their Primary Wave email addresses, for all to see on the Primary Wave public facing website.
Then I noticed that all the Primary Wave executive email addresses followed the same kind of typical corporate format we are used to seeing. LMestel@PrimaryWave.com. First name initial, last name, @company. I extrapolated what Pandiscia‘s email address would be, DPandiscia@Primarywave.com and sent him an email. Five minutes later I got a phone call from my band’s manager at the time. “Dominic Pandiscia just called me and is freaking about why Ken Andrews is emailing him.”
Dominic Pandiscia knows exactly who I am, who my band is, and probably how much money we are owed. Our manager told Pandiscia that “Ken is trying to figure out where his band’s money is.” Pandiscia then hung up. I then emailed Larry Mestel directly, asking him why he hired Pandiscia, and why he doesn’t have a bio and email address listed on the PW website like every other executive at PW has. No reply.
We all know the stories of how corrupt and shady music business executive are, but the pledge music story takes it to a new level. Pandiscia should be in jail right now, and yet, he is sitting at a desk at a prominent music company. How can this be? It can be because no one is saying anything. No one is willing to speak truth to power here.
I spent a couple weeks earlier this year trying to organize a group of artists who were all ripped off by pledge for 50k or more. I had zero problems finding 10 artists who met this requirement, but what I was saddened to learn is just how few of them were willing to stand up and say something on the record. The two main reasons cited by these artists were, fear of retribution, and fear of being labeled as a victim.
I get that, you don’t get into music because you want to deal with this kind of corrupt business crap. You want to make music. But here’s the problem with that position. If we don’t hold these people accountable they will not only continue to victimize us, but they will be emboldened to take even more from us than they already have.
Remember, Pandiscia didn’t go into hiding, he went right back into the business. One of the arguments I heard from other victims of Pandiscia/Pledge was, “Look I just want to forget about this and move on with my life. We aren’t going to get our money back, so I just want to forget about this and move on.”
This September, my band Failure was approached by a music licensing company called Bank Robber Music. They represent a lot of rock bands like my band Failure. We began to negotiate a deal for Bank Robber to represent certain works from our catalogue for use in TV and Film. I’ve done a lot of deals as both an artist and producer/mixer, as I’ve been in the music business for a long time.
When I finally saw a draft of the actual agreement I was supposed to sign, my jaw dropped when I saw that Bank Robber was in some sort of business partnership with guess who, Primary Wave. The agreement was setup so that my band would technically be signing to both Bank Robber and Primary Wave.
I immediately called our contact at Bank Robber and told them the whole story of Pledge and Primary Wave. This person was shocked and quite frankly didn’t know what to do at first. But thankfully, the next day Bank Robber had a new version of the agreement drafted, without Primary Wave‘s involvement. We signed the agreement.
My point here is that the music business is very small, and getting smaller. If you think you won’t run into any of these criminals from Pledge Music in the rest of your music career, you are wrong. I ran smack into Pandiscia just 9 months after he resigned from Pledge.
That’s why I’m writing this open letter to music artists and the music business in general. If you are comfortable with having someone like Dominic Pandiscia continuing to work in your industry, someone who presided over the disappearing of 10 million dollars of artist money, not to mention defrauding the countless music fans who lost money to Pledge Music, then I wish you good luck.
But if you think the music business can be better than this, that we can operate within the bounds of basic decency, and the law, then I’m asking you, stand up. Say something. Do something. Because unless we fight to hold these people accountable, we will deservedly be labeled as their victims, whether we like it, or not.
For his part, Pandiscia has denied the allegations in a statement issued to Variety:
“The allegations made against me by Ken Andrews are patently untrue and fabricated. It is irresponsible for any publication [Brooklyn Vegan] to print such inflammatory rhetoric without fact-checking or providing opportunity for comment. Had they done so, it would have cleared up the errors and falsehoods. This leaves me no choice but to explore options for legal action for libel and slander.”
A Primary Wave representative also denied the allegations against their company.
Andrews has since issued a new statement responding to Pandiscia’s comments as well:
“If the statements I made are all patently false, as Mr. Pandiscia claims, then why didn’t he take the opportunity last night to comment and actually clear up the ‘errors and falsehoods’ he is claiming I made? Thousands of Pledge victims, both artists and customers, are all sitting here patiently waiting for a straight-talk explanation of what happened.”
Failure and Swervedriver have announced a spring North America tour. You can check out the dates for that run below.
03/11 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
03/13 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
03/14 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
03/16 New Orleans, LA – Republic
03/17 Nashville, TN – Basement East
03/19 Orlando, FL – Plaza Live
03/20 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03/21 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
03/23 Pittsburgh, PA – Spirit Hall
03/24 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
03/25 Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27
03/27 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
03/28 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
03/29 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
03/30 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony
04/01 Toronto, ON – PHX
04/02 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
04/03 Detroit, MI – Majestic
04/05 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
04/07 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II
04/09 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity
04/11 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon
04/12 Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall
04/14 Denver, CO – Oriental
04/15 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
04/17 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
04/18 Vancouver, BC – Venue
04/19 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
04/21 Fresno, CA – Strummer’s Bar & Grill
04/22 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
04/23 San Francisco, CA – Fillmore
04/24 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre
Failure will officially release their new album “In The Future Your Body Will Be The Furthest Thing From Your Mind” on Friday (November 16). That effort will feature the band’s recent series of EPs as well as some extra songs. Pre-orders can be found HERE.
01. “Dark Speed”
02. “Paralytic Flow”
04. “Segue 10”
05. “No One Left”
06. “Solar Eyes”
07. “What Makes It Easy”
08. “Segue 11”
09. “Found A Way”
10. “Distorted Fields”
11. “Segue 12”
12. “Heavy And Blind”
13. “Another Post Human Dream”
14. “Apocalypse Blooms”
15. “Force Fed Rainbow”
16. “The Pineal Electorate”
[via The PRP]