It was a special night for Failure. Not only was it their tour-ending show and last one in SoCal for a while, but it was also frontman Ken Andrews’ birthday. We caught them back at the El Rey Theatre back in February for their first show in 16 years. “We had a lot of fun playing the El Rey back in February,” said Andrews. “But we already have a feeling this is going to be even better.”
They began with a 20-minute short film, which was essentially a montage of clips from various films and shows including Ren and Stimpy and 2001: A Space Odyssey, and towards the end of the clip, the stage smoke began to intensify and the band stepped out to a very excited crowd. “Another Space Song” commenced a superb performance from a band who seemed like they’d never taken such a long break before this year.
Every member was in top shape and it was hard to pick a particular member to fixate your eyes on. Drummer Kellii Scott was so intense and full of energy from the get go and guitarist Greg Edwards just looked so, so cool the whole time. He looked like the responsible big brother who was on top of it and you just trusted him. Andrews belted out the hits with no problem as ripped through the bass lines. As a first time audience member of theirs, I was absolutely in awe. I felt really lucky to be amongst the crowd that night and to witness Failure unleash a solid two-set show of hits and new tunes. Talk about returning with a bang – these guys did just that and more.