The Faint is an indie rock/synth pop band. Formed in Omaha, Nebraska, The Faint was originally known as Norman Bailer, a reference to Norman Mailer. The band Norman Bailer also included Conor Oberst, of Bright Eyes, with whom The Faint toured in 2005. He left shortly after joining and wasn't accepted into the band when he attempted to return. He therefore played no part in The Faint's current sound, though they currently share a spot with Bright Eyes on Saddle Creek Records, the Omaha-based label formed by Robb Nansel and Mike Mogis in 1993.