FACS at Union Pool (photo by Brianna DiGioia)
FACS, the post-punk art rock band from Chicago, recently announced a brand new album, Still Life In Decay, and have been playing a short run of dates on the East Coast previewing some songs from it. They hit Brooklyn this week on Valentine’s Day to take part in the series of free shows that Union Pool has been hosting every Tuesday throughout January and February. This tour also marks the return of original bassist Jonathan Van Herik who left the band in 2018. (Bass duties were held down by Alianna Kalaba in his absence; she made her final contributions to the band on the upcoming record.)
Their set hit all of the noisey/fuzzy/dark highs and lows they are known for with guitarist Brian Case’s airy delivery and drummer Noah Leger’s powerful prowess on the kit holding things down alongside his rhythmic partner Van Herik. Still Life In Decay will arrive in full on 4/7 via Trouble In Mind and they will play more dates after the release, including a return trip to NYC in May, hitting the stage at TV Eye on 5/18 with P.E. and Bedridden.
The show was opened by local synth/post-punk act, Fine Place, which features Frankie Rose (Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls) and Mathew Hord (Running, Pop. 1280, Brandy). They played songs from their 2021 debut This New Heaven with Rose’s unique ethereal vocals taking center stage. Rose has a solo album, Love As Projection, due out 3/10 and will play a release show, also at Union Pool, the following day.
Scroll down for setlist, pics of the show (photos by Brianna DiGioia)