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    The Faint

    When they peaked: From 2001 to 2004, with their fifth and sixth albums

    The Faint actually got started with Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes as a member, but he left shortly after the band formed. This could have been a devastating blow, but the Omaha dance-punk/new wave group went on to achieve solid buzz under Omaha's Saddle Creek label.

    In 2008 they split with the label and self-released an album called Fasciinatiion that received little attention. During the past years three of the group's members (Clark Baechle, Todd Fink and Jacob Thiele) have been low-key performing under the name Depressed Buttons, DJing small events and remixing other artists. At the end of 2012 Saddle Creek released a deluxe edition of The Faint's 2001 album Danse Macabre and the group toured off that, ending with a final stop at Coachella.

    In 2014, they finally released a new album, Doom Abuse. Sadly, no one really cared.