Failure

Ken Andrews, Greg Edwards, Kellii Scott, Troy Van Leeuwen. Reviewed Dec. 16, 1996. On record, L.A.'s Failure is an intriguing power pop outfit whose experimental, spacey approach to guitar-based rock stands out from the cookie-cutter alt-rock crowd. But the band, led by guitarist-vocalist Ken Andrews and bassist Greg Edwards, has yet to find its live footing, playing inconsistent and lazy shows that fail to live up to its finely crafted, highly provocative albums. The quartet's latest and best album, "Fantastic Planet" (Warner Bros.), is packed with urgent and propulsive songs of soul-searching and romantic fantasy, but much of the spirit of the recording is lost when the band takes the stage. Failure's Whisky set, which focused primarily on the new album, was lethargic and mopey, all but taking the life out of even its best songs, like current radio single "Stuck On You," one of the year's best straight-ahead rock tracks. The players seemed to approach the show with little more enthusiasm than the industry-heavy crowd did, which isn't saying much. Not that these guys would be expected to mindlessly jump around while performing. But a little concert energy and verve would go a long way in helping Failure finally overcome its anonymity, as well as its unfortunate, defeatist name. Troy J. Augusto

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Band: Ken Andrews, Greg Edwards, Kellii Scott, Troy Van Leeuwen. Reviewed Dec. 16, 1996.

Ken Andrews, Greg Edwards, Kellii Scott, Troy Van Leeuwen. Reviewed Dec. 16, 1996. On record, L.A.’s Failure is an intriguing power pop outfit whose experimental, spacey approach to guitar-based rock stands out from the cookie-cutter alt-rock crowd. But the band, led by guitarist-vocalist Ken Andrews and bassist Greg Edwards, has yet to find its live footing, playing inconsistent and lazy shows that fail to live up to its finely crafted, highly provocative albums. The quartet’s latest and best album, “Fantastic Planet” (Warner Bros.), is packed with urgent and propulsive songs of soul-searching and romantic fantasy, but much of the spirit of the recording is lost when the band takes the stage. Failure’s Whisky set, which focused primarily on the new album, was lethargic and mopey, all but taking the life out of even its best songs, like current radio single “Stuck On You,” one of the year’s best straight-ahead rock tracks. The players seemed to approach the show with little more enthusiasm than the industry-heavy crowd did, which isn’t saying much. Not that these guys would be expected to mindlessly jump around while performing. But a little concert energy and verve would go a long way in helping Failure finally overcome its anonymity, as well as its unfortunate, defeatist name. Troy J. Augusto

Failure

(Whisky; 395 capacity; $ 10)

Production: Presented by Goldenvoice. Band:

Cast: Band: Ken Andrews, Greg Edwards, Kellii Scott, Troy Van Leeuwen. Reviewed Dec. 16, 1996.

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