The Faint lights up Observatory North Park on Cinco de Mayo.

Walking into North Park Observatory on Cinco De Mayo Sunday had me extremely excited to see The Faint on their “Egowerk Tour”. This is a band I’ve been listening to since middle school and always wanted to see them perform live. Plus, the newest album, released March of this year, Egowerk. The sound they produce is so parallel with the direction music has gone since the early 2000’s I was so excited to see a band who has had this sound on lock for a decade now.  These guys were way ahead of their time then;  today they still put on a colorful electric live show. So much more to see on stage than some of what’s coming out currently. The environment was absolutely on point for a legendary group to take over the next 90 minutes of our lives. 


As the fog machine covered the stage in a dense layer of haze Todd Fink (Vocals), Clark Baechle (Drums), Graham Ulicny (Keys), and Dapose (Bass/Guitar) took their places. A heavy red colored lighting took over the set and The Faint’s tough sound now owned the giant open space of The Observatory.  The venue wasn’t slammed packed, making dancing room optimal and much needed throughout the show.  The fans were true, stoked, and so pumped to see The Faint back in San Diego again.

The show continued to provide wild electronic sounds, dance beats that make you move, and unique synth cords track after track. The Classic songs like “The Geeks Were Right,” “Desperate Guys,” “Worked Up So Sexual,” and “Glass Danse” really tossed the crowd into a dancing frenzy; thankfully this venue offers AC coming from the ground.  New songs from the latest album “Egowerk” such as “Child Asleep,” “Life’s a Joke,” “Alien Angel,” and “Quench the Flame” wrapped the crowd up in the talent the whole band owns across the stage. Those Todd Fink vocals combined with the energy of Dapose on the guitar and bass kept your attention at the stage. While in and out of the fog Graham Ulicny and Clark Baechle filled in what was left in the empty space with funky rhythms out in deep electronic space.  

Photos & Review by: Collin Worrel