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Nov. 22, 2021, LOS ANGELES – Failure, who recently announced the Dec. 3 arrival of their eagerly-awaited sixth album, Wild Type Droid (Failure Music), have shared a second preview from the album, releasing “Submarines” overnight (

Greg Edwards explains the genesis and meaning of the song: “The main riff appeared spontaneously during an endless jam, but ‘Submarines’ sounds like a song we’ve been waiting to write for years. These were the first lyrics written for the record, after the initial wave of Covid confusion and uncertainty. It’s a song about coming back to the surface, putting away your armor, ignoring willful idiocy, and getting back to life after a trauma. We’ve collectively lost our innocence with this plague and we need to fight the reflex to close-up and sink like a stone when risk and threat and fear seem to be everywhere.”

The Los Angeles-based band previously released the song “Headstand” ( The single, and news of the forthcoming album, were met with widespread enthusiasm. Rolling Stone called the track “incredibly expansive,” Consequence dubbed it “audio bliss” and Stereogum said the four-minute ”Headstand” has a “brooding intensity.”

“You simply cannot recreate the musical moments that happen when three musicians are playing together and reacting to each other in real time,” Ken Andrews comments on the band’s approach to writing Wild Type Droid, which saw Failure move into a rehearsal space for a month, recording hours of improvs. “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.”


Wild Type Droid cover, image by Beeple


Wild Type Droid was produced by Failure with Andrews mixing the 10-song collection. Beeple, the American visual artist whose March 2021 NFT broke international sales records, lends his “INNERSPACE” to the album cover.

Album pre-orders, including several limited-edition vinyl variants, CD, cassette and digital, are available now at


Photo credit: Priscilla C. Scott


Failure is Ken Andrews (vocals, guitar, bass, programming), Greg Edwards (vocals, guitar, bass, keys), and Kellii Scott (drums, percussion). Forming in early ‘90s Los Angeles, the trio have released five albums: Comfort (1992), Magnified (1994), Fantastic Planet (1996), The Heart Is A Monster (2015), and In The Future Your Body Will Be the Furthest Thing from Your Mind (a series of EPs released as an album in 2018). The group is considered one of the era’s most influential rock bands with Vice, in an all-encompassing retrospective upon the band’s return saying: “While many of their contemporaries became prolific by releasing an ungodly amount if materials, Failure’s [initial] three-record catalog is minuscule, but just as important in terms of content, style, and music texture.”

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