The Faint has always been a hands-on band, from booking its own tours, setting up its own lighting, making its own videos and ensuring its brand of electronic rock sounded little like anything else ou

The Faint has always been a hands-on band, from booking its own tours, setting up its own lighting, making its own videos and ensuring its brand of electronic rock sounded little like anything else out there. Now, the Faint is taking the DIY ethic even further by breaking ties with longtime home Saddle Creek and starting its own label, blank.wav.

The band's new album, "Fasciinatiion," arrives this week on the imprint, with distribution via Redeye. The Faint had long pondered starting its own label but finally pulled the trigger after deciding financial sustainability was possible. Plus, "Our relationship with Saddle Creek turned more into a business relationship. There became a division between bands and label. The sense of 'we're all in this together' went away," guitarist/bassist Joel Petersen says.

So the group purchased and renovated its own Omaha, Neb.-based studio, Enamel, where it wrote, recorded and produced without deadline constraints. "It seemed like the right move that we weren't paying a studio day rate [and] paying the producer," Petersen says. "This is all ours now," Petersen says. "At the end of the day, we don't hand it over to anybody."

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