Not for the faint of heart

By Brett Roegiers
Gainesville.com

Expect choreographed lighting effects and video projection screens to accompany The Faint as the band orchestrates its live performance tonight.

Since its second studio album, Blank-Wave Arcade, The Faint has rejected the conventional guitar-driven indie-rock formula and has instead opted for synthesizers, infectious beats and an energetic stage-show.

Continuing to create songs appropriate for dance clubs and cardiovascular workouts, the Omaha-based band released Danse Macabre in 2001.

On Sept. 14 this year, The Faint released Wet From Birth. This new album still relies heavily on keyboards, but it also includes more variation.

According to a review in Billboard Magazine, “The charm of the Faint is that it makes indie kids dance.”

Starting at 8 p.m., The Faint will take the stage at the Rion Ballroom in the J. Wayne Reitz Union at the University of Florida.

Label-mates Beep Beep and art-rockers TV on the Radio will have the day off in the middle of their two-month tour with The Faint, who will do the Gainesville show alone.

The Reitz Union Board and Student Government Productions are co-sponsoring the event.

Oh, and it’s free and open to the public.