The band was formed in early 1995, and their debut single "Salva Mea (Save Me)" was released in July that year. Jazz acted as a vocalist, whilst Bliss constructed
most of the music herself electronically, but also played the piano,
violin, saxophone and bass guitar. Rollo heads and produces the
band. Lead female vocals for many of their songs are performed
by Pauline Taylor, who also performed lead vocals for singles by
Rollo released under his monikers Rollo Goes Mystic and Rollo Goes
The albums are Reverence (which reached number
26), Sunday 8PM (reaching number 10), Outrospective (at number
4) and No Roots (which debuted at number 1); they were released
between 1996 and 2004, with a greatest hits compilation album out
in 2005. In light of their dance roots, each of the four
studio albums has been followed with a subsequent bonus disc of
remixes. Their fifth album, To All New Arrivals, was released in
2006. Album number six, The Dance, was released on 16 May 2010,
after a four year recording break for the band.
The band also collectively indulge in mixtapes of other musicians' work, either mixed by the group or merely selected by them. This includes the long running Back to Mine sessions as well as The Bedroom Sessions and more recently the Renaissance 3D music project, in conjunction with the Renaissance nightclub.
On 29 September 2006, the first single "Bombs" from
their album To All New Arrivals made its debut on BBC Radio 1's
Pete Tong show. The album was released on 27 November 2006. "Bombs" generated moderate controversy with its music video, as demonstrated by MTV's
refusal to air it. The video featured interchanged clips of
war scenes and daily life. As said by the director of the music
video Howard Greenhalgh, "War infects all our lives; recently it feels that this has increasingly become
'our way of life'".
On 7 August 2009, a dub mix of the track "Sun to Me" from their latest studio album, The Dance, made its debut on BBC Radio 1's Pete Tong show. "Sun to Me" has been given as a free download to all users that have registered on the new Faithless site, or subscribed to their newsletter. The track has been released on the band's Myspace page as well. On 12 February 2010, the first official single from the next Faithless album was played on Pete Tong's show. The single, "Not Going Home", was released on 4 May 2010, whilst the latest album The Dance, was issued on 16 May 2010. The album is available only in Tesco (3 month exclusive contract) and via iTunes in the UK. Since 2009, their track "Drifting Away" has been the theme tune for the BBC Television's RHS Chelsea Flower Show website
In 2010 they returned to the Glastonbury Festival after eight years, playing on the Pyramid Stage. They performed many of their most popular songs including "Insomnia", "God is a DJ" and "We Come 1".
On March 16th 2011, Maxi Jazz announced on his website that Faithless would cease to be, commenting "But, like when writing a song, you always just ‘know’ when it’s finished… this is and was the “Thank YOU And Goodbye’ tour"
They played two nights at Brixton Academy on 7
and 8 April 2011. The latter date would be the last ever Faithless
show and was transmitted live via satellite to cinemas across Europe.
However, the Faithless Sound System (a stripped down version of
Faithless consisting of Maxi Jazz, Sister Bliss and Sudha Khepeteral)
are giving final shows on the 22nd of July 2011 at the Tomorrowland
festival in Belgium and the Waterford Music Fest in Ireland on
As well as their own studio albums, all three
members actively engage in other people's work as solo figures.
Sister Bliss is a prominent dance DJ and has for a long time toured
the circuit on her own, remixed others' albums and even appeared
in music videos, such as Paul Oakenfold's "Weekend". Maxi Jazz brought out an album before the formation of Faithless and also worked
on pirate radio. He also collaborated with Faithless founding member
Jamie Catto on his new project 1 Giant Leap guesting on a song
with Robbie Williams. Finally, Rollo founded the label Cheeky Records
and has produced the music of other artists, most notably his sister
Dido's albums, as well as using various monikers to create popular
dance music under the names Rollo Goes ... (Camping, Mystic and
Spiritual), Felix, Our Tribe (with Rob Dougan), and Dusted.
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