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By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Failure multi-instrumentalist Greg Edwards appreciates fans for their patience.

That trait will be especially helpful when Failure dives deep into its catalog and its new album, “Wild Type Droid,” for its upcoming tour. Failure takes the Crescent Ballroom stage at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 5.

“The great thing is our audience is so responsive and reactive to the older material,” he says.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never felt bored with older songs. It’s just always a new experience when you get to energy back. I’m definitely looking forward to playing the new songs.”

Edwards says the setlist will be songs from “Wild Type Droid,” Failure’s sixth album, and others.

“One of the ideas is to play a number of songs that we haven’t played in the past, sort of deeper cuts or songs that our fanbase had a deep love for that have never been a part of our set,” he says.

“We want to focus on the first three records. We’ll also play songs that we would love to play and we think people want to hear like ‘Moth’ from ‘Magnifie.’ We haven’t played that much live, or ‘Empty Friend’ or ‘Small Crimes.’”

Writing “Wild Type Droid” was easy for Failure, which also includes Ken Andrews and Kellii Scott. They set aside a month on a large sound stage. Failure’s musicians set up and started recording for about five hours each day.

“In a way, there wasn’t a lot of pressure,” Edwards says. “We’d put on an instrument and start playing. The vast majority of it was not worth music. We set so much time aside that there were incredible moments where everything just came together.”

Edwards says the difficult part of the album was choosing the moments and vetting recordings. They all listened to the recordings and decided on 10 or 12 ideas that they could work on.

“We have such a well-oiled way of working,” he says. “The way Ken and I write and go back and forth is great.

“It’s just about being in the moment and being present. It’s really the key to a healthy creative process and not getting bogged down.

‘Long Division’ was based on a very organic jam that happened when we were recording on the sound stage. It went through quite a few permutations. That seemed to be the most difficult song, but it turned out really great.”

Edwards is looking forward to playing the song live. As a bonus, fans will get a preview of the forthcoming Failure documentary.

Andrews is just as fond of the music and the documentary.

“To me, it captures a lot of the new musical approaches and techniques we were going for on this album, but somehow is still quintessential Failure,” Andrews says.

“We’ve been together long enough to know that some of our best ideas come directly from these experimental sessions. For this album, we simply cultivated that methodology for a much longer time than we have in the past. It brought out the trio aspect of the band. There was a feeling we could really push the individual parts further away from each other and let the more interesting and challenging combinations take center stage.”


WHEN: 8 p.m. Sunday, June 5

WHERE: Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Avenue, Phoenix

COST: $25

INFO: 602-716-2222,