The Faint’s Guide to Recent Nebraska Bands

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Considering that it’s a state much larger than New York with less than 2 million inhabitants and covered mostly by cornfields, Nebraska has made quite a name for itself in the world of indie-rock music. Much to thank for this is the famed Saddle Creek Records, which first produced the glowing Omaha trident of modern alternative: Bright Eyes, Cursive and the Faint.

Although the Faint — the most electronic of the trident — have not released any new music since 2009’s Mirror Error EP, they are reemerging for a reissue of their most recognized studio record, 2001’s Danse Macabre, as well as embarking on their first tour in several years. While some may think Omaha’s surge of progressive music and creativity is fizzling out or becoming stagnant now that members of Saddle Creek’s first wave are so comfortably established they are reissuing albums made more than a decade ago, the Faint’s frontman Todd Fink says this is far from the case. Here are Fink’s favorite Nebraska bands that have emerged from the Cornhusker state over the last several years.

1. Icky Blossoms

Joining the Faint on most of Danse Macabre tour this November and December, Icky Blossoms aren’t even two years old and they’re already etching a niche with their rich, bass-heavy garage sound that is not unlike My Bloody Valentine meets Ladytron. Their first studio album, self-titled and produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, came out on Saddle Creek this summer. Fink says “It’s Derek from his poppier band Tilly and the Wall. They do the kind of songs that I like: fun, sort of mysterious, not too happy but still good vibes. They put on a great show.”

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