When the alternative rock band Failure decided to reboot in 2013, Greg Edwards, Ken Andrews and Kellii Scott were surprised people still cared.
With the release of 2018’s “In the Future Your Body Will Be the Furthest Thing from Your Mind,” Failure is even more relevant.
“Now that we’re three, four or five years into the reboot, it’s been really gratifying,” Andrews says. “People are interested in what we have to say.”
Failure will play songs from that album and its catalog when it kicks off its tour Monday, March 11, at the Crescent Ballroom. In creating “In the Future Your Body Will Be the Furthest Thing from Your Mind,” the trio recalled its 1994 album “Magnified.”
“It was Greg and I just woodshedding in my studio for a better part of the year,” Andrews says. “We would go into a more full-featured recording studio to do drums as an overdub.”
Sonically, “In the Future Your Body Will Be the Furthest Thing from Your Mind” sees Failure evolve.
“To me, the record is a little more personal in terms of talking about relationships and what they mean,” Ken says.
“We pulled from direct experience more than we have in the past. It wasn’t quite so intellectual. We’re also never going to let you know exactly what’s going on. It’ll always be opaque. Disconnection seems to be one of the themes we still gravitate toward though, even going back to ‘Fantastic Planet.’ On this record, emotional disconnection is discussed and dealt with. You lose connection within your sphere of friends and acquaintances because of technology. Since social media isn’t getting any smaller, that was our headspace. We’re navigating this personally and as fathers.”
The challenge now is learning to play the songs because Failure’s musicians frequently switch instruments in the studio.
“What happens is you have your singer, guitarist, bassist and drummer and everybody stays in those roles,” Andrews says.
“In our band, it’s a much more fluid situation. I would venture to say every song on this new album has both Greg and I playing guitar for different sections, and even both of us playing bass. Sometimes one person did the first attempt at it and the other comes in later and finesses it a little bit. We record the vocals separately. There was never really a time when we were playing the songs as a band. It’s like a Rubik’s Cube.”
Nevertheless, “In the Future Your Body Will Be the Furthest Thing from Your Mind” is a return to form.
“When you’re playing our songs back-to-back from record to record, I feel like the lines really blur,” Andrews says. “To me, it shows the real sound of Failure was never the era we were in – whether it was the ’90s or now. The real sound of Failure is the combination of people. We have a lot more experience today. My career started when Failure signed to Slash Records in 1990, and I haven’t had any other job but making music since then. We’ve all kept going as musicians. As a result, we have a wider breadth of things we can do and are capable of. We’re willing to leverage everything.”
Failure w/Criminal Hygiene, Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Avenue, Phoenix, crescentphx.com, 8 p.m. Monday, March 11, $25-$40.