Ken Andrews explains the origin of the eye-catching, sci-fi clip: “The video was created by visual effects specialist Kevin Margo with footage from his award-winning short film, ‘Grounded.’” Margo’s film featured an original score by Andrews.
Failure’s upcoming tour, which will include guitar player Troy Van Leeuwen, a first since the band reunited, launches tomorrow in Jacksonville, Fla. “After 18 years it’s a real joy to rejoin one of my favorite bands,” said Van Leeuwen. “When I originally joined Failure in 1996, I had no idea of the musical journey that was ahead of me. The chemistry we have in a live setting is a special experience and I can’t wait to share it with fans old and new."
Van Leeuwen was a touring member during shows for their third album Fantastic Planet before joining Queens of the Stone Age. He makes a guest appearance on The Heart Is A Monster.
Failure join Refused for a brief, early-December European outing. All upcoming tour dates below and on our full label gigs calendar.
09 Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live *
10 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution *
11 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues *
13 Norfolk, VA @ Norva **
14 New York, NY @ FLOODfest (CMJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre **
17 St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird ***
19 Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad ***
20 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock ***
21 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom ***
22 Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Country Club ***
24 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst ***
25 Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival
27 Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent ****
28 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues ****
29 San Diego, CA @ The Music Box ****
01 Paris, France @ Trianon #
03 Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix #
04 Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachtof #
05 Hamburg, Germany @ Docks #
23 Brisbane, QLD @ Soundwave
24 Sydney, NSW, Australia @ Soundwave
26 Melbourne, VIC, Australia @ Soundwave
* - w/Hum and Torche
** - w/Torche
*** - w/Local H
**** - w/Trail of the Dead and Local H
# - w/Refused
With this new round of tour dates, the band is offering a Technical VIP package (in addition to their regular VIP fan experience) designed for the professional musician, engineer or technician interested in knowing the tech behind the show. As part of the VIP upgrade, Ken Andrews gives a limited number of fans a personal tour of the Failure live set up, the specific equipment used onstage, a live demonstration of the guitar / bass rigs, monitoring system, as well as a tour of the front of house equipment, and a Q&A session with Ken. VIP packages are available via www.failureband.com.
Rolling Stone said The Heart Is A Monster “brilliantly picks up where Fantastic Planet left off”, Alternative Press said “by reviving its past, Failure has taken a most decisive step into the present", and Entertainment Weekly described the album as “a jaw-dropping slab of throbbing, fuzzy, visceral space rock”.