How Failure built ambitious new album Wild Type Droid from 36 hours of jam session recordings

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Failure's 1992 debut Comfort gave little indication of what the band would become. It was a snotty, visceral record, with only passing nods to the expansive sound design they would become known for. Despite the fact that it holds up well even today, the band's songwriters, Ken Andrews and Greg Edwards, felt it had missed the mark.

On 1994's Magnified, Andrews and Edwards took over production duties, and expanded their sound, switching instruments depending on the song. From an early 'grunge' tag, people started to note their increasingly experimental sonics, and adjusted their expectations.

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Alex Lynham

Alex Lynham is a gear obsessive who's been collecting and building modern and vintage equipment since he got his first Saturday job. Besides reviewing countless pedals for Total Guitar, he's written guides on how to build your first pedal, how to build a tube amp from a kit, and briefly went viral when he released a glitch delay pedal, the Atom Smasher.