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, Zao, Shai Hulud, Etc. To Be Featured On Fugazi Tribute Album “Silence Is A Dangerous Sound“

Ripcord Records will be releasing a new Fugazi tribute album, titled “Silence Is A Dangerous Sound,“ on October 1. The effort will feature 43 songs and proceeds from it will benefit the Tribe Animal Sanctuary Scotland. Pre-orders can be found on Bandcamp.

“Silence Is A Dangerous Sound” Track Listing:

01. Authority Zero – “Bad Mouth”
02. The Darling Fire – “Reclamation”
03. Dowsing – “KYEO”
04. Belvedere – “Styrofoam”
05. The Last Gang – “Blueprint”
06. Shai Hulud – “Great Cop”
07. Crazy Arm – “Epic Problem”
08. Batteries – “Target”
09. Teenage Halloween – “Reprovisional”
10. La Dispute – “Strangelight”
11. Tsunami Bomb – “Walken’s Syndrome”
12. Taking Meds – “Burning”
13. USA Nails – “Caustic Acrostic”
14. Haggard Cat – “Life And Limb”
15. Direct Hit – “Burning Too”
16. Pet Symmetry – “Public Witness Program”
17. Place Position – “Place Position”
18. Chamberlain – “Runaway Return”
19. Viva Belgrado – “Repeater”
20. Frauds – “Cashout”
21. Seas, Starry – “Brendan #1”
22. Couch Slut – “Full Disclosure”
23. Failure – “Waiting Room”
24. Nathan Gray – “Bed For The Scraping”
25. GILT – “No Surprise”
26. Swain – “The Argument”
27. The Hostiles – “Turnover”
28. This Is Hell – “Sieve-Fisted Find”
29. Into It. Over It. – “Instrument”
30. LIFE – “And The Same”
31. Big Ups – “Do You Like Me”
32. Zao – “Guilford Fall”
33. Jonah Matranga – “Suggestion”
34. Heart Attack Man – “Bulldog Front”
35. Sounds Of Swami – “Merchandise”
36. S. T. Manville – “Long Division”
37. Bodega – “Provisional”
38. Braidedveins – “Oh”
39. STORM(O) – “Break”
40. Wojtek – “Fell, Destroyed”
41. West Thebarton – “Margin Walker”
42. Snapped Ankles – “Give Me The Cure”
43. Before Stories – “Dear Justice Letter“

Paramore’s Hayley Williams Shares Acoustic Cover Of Failure’s “The Nurse Who Loved Me”

Paramore’s Hayley Williams recently shared a partial acoustic cover of Failure‘s “The Nurse Who Loved Me” on social media. You can check that out below. Williams commented:

“the sun is out, the laundry is drying so… one of my favorite songs of all time on one of my favorite albums of ever. go listen to the real thing— @failurebandig “The Nurse Who Loved Me” left my cringey ending in there bc thats showbiz baby”

Ken Andrews (Failure) Releases New EP “What’s Coming”, Premieres “Sword And Shield” Video

Ken Andrews (Failure) has released a new EP titled “What’s Coming.” The effort features five tracks including “Sword And Shield,” “What’s Coming,” “Crow’s Eye,” “Too Many Thoughts,” and “How Will You Know.” You can find an official video for “Sword And Shield” below. Andrews said the following about that track:

“This song has two firsts for me, one is that it is the first overtly political song I have ever written, and two, I wrote the video concept and the song at the same time. Making this video was something I simply had to do. Thankfully, my friend and amazing actor, David Dastmalchian, who was as motivated as I was, took the video to another level with his performance.”