Failure are masters of textural nuance, setting themselves apart from their '90s alt-rock counterparts with painstaking attention to sound design, complex signal processing, and creative use of guitar effects. After breaking up in 1997, Failure's cult popularity steadily grew as big-name acts like A Perfect Circle and Paramore paid tribute to the band with covers of their beloved recordings, so it's no surprise that their 2014 reunion has fans chomping at the bit for a chance to see them live. It's been more than 16 years since the trio have played together, but the band's extensive rehearsals in anticipation of the tour have them ready and raring to deliver the goods.
Formed in Los Angeles in 1990, Failure carved a niche for themselves among alternative rock circles with their unique attention to sonic detail and sound design. Their Steve Albini-produced 1992 debut Comfort was a moderate success and landed them on tour with Tool, but when they returned to the studio to record a follow-up the band decided to assume production duties themselves. The result was 1994's Magnified, a critical success that earned the band recognition for the album's intricately layered production set the stage for extensive touring. Their third album Fantastic Planet was released in 1996, landing them on MTV and earning them their first chart success with single "Stuck on You." Despite the praise and popularity, stress and tension within the band proved too much and in 1997 they disbanded citing personal differences. In 2014 the band reunited after a 16-year hiatus, thrilling fans with the announcement of a highly anticipated reunion tour.