From The Desk Of Failure: Absence

Failure’s new album, The Heart Is A Monster, is an unexpected surprise. After a two-decade absence and a parade of band/side projects, guitarist/vocalist Ken Andrews, bassist/vocalist Greg Edwards and drummer Kellii Scott reconvened to follow up 1996’s critically acclaimed and commercially ignored Fantastic Planet. Monster sounds contemporarily fresh, and yet still feels like a logical next step 19 years after its predecessor. Failure will be guest editing all week. Read our new feature on them.

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Edwards: Think about how far away from surface consciousness we all go while we’re driving. Hurtling through space in that heavy death-trap machinery, and we completely disengage dimensions away with ease. Suddenly, you come back to yourself and it’s shocking to think how unconscious complex behaviors and operations can be. I notice this when I’m reading books to my daughter at bedtime. I will float away without realizing it and start thinking about a song I’m working on or health insurance.  Meanwhile, my voice churns on reading the book to her, varying the cadence, doing a bad Ren whenever dialogue needs anger or annoyance. And I can almost perch mindfully on the divide and watch these two disconnected activities spool out.