Band: The Faim
Album: State Of Mind
Label/Vertrieb: BMG / ADA / Warner
For The Faim, an album is not only about showing what you can do now, but what you want to do in the future. The Perth four-piece went into the making of State of Mind, the band’s debut full-length, with the goal of expanding their range and getting out of their comfort zone. Over the course of two years, the musicians worked with numerous songwriters and producers to craft a collection of songs that showcase a vast range of styles and tones.
“We wanted to the show the variety of skills between the four of us,” says Stephen. “But we also want to write and record the music we want to hear. We asked ourselves, ‘What is missing? What do we want to be hearing?’ And then we decided, ‘Why don’t we just write that?’”
“We wanted to stick true to our roots and where we came from, which is essentially just us being able to explore the passion and love we have for music,” Josh adds. “But we also wanted to experiment and to have fun with the songs.”
The Faim (French for “the hunger”) have been building to this moment since they performed their first show at Stephen’s 18th birthday party, then known as Small Town Heroes. Josh and Stephen grew up together, playing together on various sports team, and began writing music together after an assignment in Stephen’s music class. Soon the musicians were penning their own songs, inspired by bands like Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, and Metallica, and each brought in an array of musical influences, from indie rock to jazz to pop-punk. Sam and Linden, who met working at The Hen House Rehearsal Studios in Perth, rounded out the band’s lineup after they changed their name to The Faim.
For several years, The Faim hustled to build a following in Perth, regularly handing out flyers and posters outside Perth Arena and recording 30-second covers of their favorite tracks to post online. That motivation was important in the isolated community’s small music scene, and the band was dedicated and willing to sacrifice everything to follow their dream. That hard work paid off when the band got the attention of producer John Feldmann in the summer of 2016. They noticed that Feldmann had posted a call on Instagram for unsigned bands with touring experience, and although The Faim had no real touring experience, they messaged him anyway. The producer wrote back a few weeks later and everything instantly went from zero to a hundred.
The musicians brought 30 half-written ideas to Feldmann’s studio in Los Angeles the following year, where they enlisted the help of several co-writers, including Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy), Mark Hoppus (Blink 182), Josh Dun (Twenty One Pilots) and Ashton Irwin (5 Seconds of Summer). Their debut EP, Summer Is a Curse, dropped in the fall of 2018, hinting at the potential for a full-length album. The title track, “Summer Is A Curse,” an anthemic song the band wrote with Irwin about realizing that you have to follow your dreams even if it requires a sacrifice, became an immediate hit, with over 15 million streams worldwide to date.
The songs on State of Mind encapsulate nearly four years, ranging from an old favorite called “Infamous” to “Summer Is a Curse” to a brand new track “Humans,” the first single off the album. The songs, recorded mostly in Los Angeles in various studios with a collection of different producers, reveal how The Faim has evolved since their inception. Co-created with Patrick Morrissey and David Dahlquist while the band was writing songs in New York, “Humans” is an epic rock anthem with a massive, resonant chorus that reflects on how connected we all actually are. “Tongue Tied,” produced by Drew Fulk, takes the band even further out of their comfort zone, as does “State of Mind,” which was created with the purpose of testing new waters.
“We wanted to shake up our mindset and our way of doing things,” Stephen says. “For ‘State of Mind,’ I picked a chord I never play and that’s how the song starts. That song was originally five or six minutes long and it comes from the idea of doing something we’ve never done before. We wanted to go to a place we’d never gone to. Sometimes you have to do the complete opposite of what you think you should do to make sure that’s very much yourself. It came together really well.”
Overall, the songs contain a variety of influences. The musicians looked both to artists they grew up with like Red Hot Chili Peppers to newer bands like The 1975. The lyrics comes from emotions or experiences personal to the band members as a whole, with each song centering on an idea that’s relatable to both themselves and their listeners.
“We write from an honest place,” explains Josh. “That’s something we always want to stay true to. If you write songs that are real, people will be able to connect to them, especially during the live performances. It has to resonate with us for it be relatable to our fans as well. On this album it was about connecting with ourselves and explore our influences and our own talent. If we stick to who we are and what we feel hopefully everyone else will find something in the music too.”
Over the past year, The Faim has built up a strong following around the world, from Australia to Europe to the States. They’ve performed at Download Festival, Slam Dunk, and Reading & Leeds, and toured with PVRIS, Against the Current, Sleeping With Sirens, and Andy Black. In 2018, The Faim performed 100 shows across three continents and 13 countries, while in 2019 the band embarked on their first headlining tour, selling out shows in cities like London, Sydney, Amsterdam and Hamburg. “Summer Is A Curse” has become a bona fide hit Germany, hitting No. 12 on the airplay charts after being played 24,000 times on German radio in 2018. The track, which appears in a Jeep commercial in France, hit No. 2 at radio in the Czech Republic. The band also scored the soundtrack to Coca-Cola's global advertising campaign for Coke Zero, which was shown in 18 countries worldwide. Overall, The Faim have racked up over 26 million streams globally – and that’s just the beginning.
State of Mind reveals a band on the rise, a group of musicians who are all about making genuine songs that bring people together and create a community.
“You’ll never get anything fake from us,” Stephen says. “Our hearts and souls are on our sleeves 100 percent of the time. We want to keep things true to how we started. We do this because we love music and we want to play music and that’s it. There are no ulterior motives. The goal is to play music and that will be the goal for our entire career.”
Josh Raven – Lead Vocals Stephen Beerkens – Bass/Keyboard Samuel Tye – Guitar Linden Marissen – Drums
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Band: The Faim
Album: Summer Is A Curse
Label/Vertrieb: BMG / ADA / Warner
The Faim came into existence as naturally as their music. The Australian group met while in high school in Perth, emerging from an assignment completed in their music class. Soon the friends were penning their own songs, inspired by bands like Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco and Metallica, and each brought in an array of musical influences, from indie rock to jazz to pop-punk. Since the beginning, the idea has always been to keep things as organic and sincere as possible, always ensuring that each song The Faim makes reflects who they are human beings.
The band, originally called Small Town Heroes, played their first show at Stephen’s 18th birthday party and then began searching out local venues around Perth. They regularly handed out flyers and posters outside Perth Arena and recorded 30-second covers of favorite tracks to post online. The hustle and creativity was important in the isolated community’s small music scene and the four musicians were dedicated and willing to sacrifice everything to follow this dream. “Making a name for yourself in Perth is 100 times harder,” Josh notes. “That gave us this work ethic to try and really push ourselves. Every little effort added up. We’ve also been lucky, but I think because we work so hard we’ve created our own luck in many ways.”
In the summer of 2016 the band, who had renamed themselves The Faim (French for “the hunger”), noticed that producer John Feldmann had posted a call on Instagram for unsigned bands with touring experience. Although The Faim had no touring experience, they messaged him anyway, sending a long missive about their deep dedication to music. The producer wrote back a few weeks later and everything instantly went from zero to a hundred. The band began writing new songs and ended up with 30 half-written ideas to bring to the studio in Los Angeles in the spring of 2017. There they wrote and recorded two songs per day, pushing the limits of genres and expectation, and enlisted the help of several co-writers, including Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy), Mark Hoppus (Blink 182), Josh Dun (Twenty One Pilots) and Ashton Irwin (5 Seconds of Summer).
“Our goal before going into the studio was to find our sound,” Stephen says. “That was a lot of trial and error. But once we hit the studio that’s when the big work began. We were writing at this new level and we had these great co-writers who taught us so much. Every day we learned something new about ourselves as songwriters. The goal then became using our new abilities to express ourselves in the music.”
“Sonically we wanted to go out of the box with every single song,” Josh adds. “The writing process was about being in the moment – what melodies were standing out? What were we feeling at the time? Every song found its own identity. Every song reflected the day we made it. We really found our own sonic perspective. We ultimately realized that we just wanted to be four dudes making songs that feel good at the time.”
“Saints Of The Sinners,” co-written with Wentz, emphasizes that idea of writing in the moment. It sticks to the band’s pop-punk roots while expanding into catchy, punched up pop and rock areas. “It was about what our journey was, coming out of nowhere and trying to take over the world as soon as we could,” Josh says. “About listening to that rebellious voice in your head that tells you to go for what you want without any questions. To us, that was an important to have as message right off the bat.”
Irwin joined the band in the studio for “Summer Is A Curse,” an anthemic song about realizing that you have to follow your dreams – even if it requires a sacrifice. Overall, the dynamic, diverse songs reflect a band in constant evolution, revealing musicians willing to press boundaries and try new things.
“I’m absolutely stoked about how we’ve evolved as a band during this process,” Stephen says. “Every single song is different. We didn’t go into the studio thinking what we wanted things to sound like. We went into writing each track as its own identity and we ended up with this collection of songs where each expresses a different emotion and tell a different story. The progression of where we were a year ago to where we are now is amazing.”
The songs have resonated with fans all over the world. The band has already accumulated almost four million streams on Spotify. By the end of 2018, The Faim will have toured extensively, performing at festivals like Download Festival, Slam Dunk Festival and Reading and Leeds and playing shows across Europe, Austrlia, and the United States. Each evening onstage the musicians aim to connect with every single person in the room. They work tirelessly to build a deeply personal fanbase, both in person and online, and the effort shows.
“Our message has always been to inspire people with music,” Josh says. “We want to create a community of positive role models. It’s not about a product for us. It’s something real and genuine.” Stephen adds, “You’ll never get anything fake from us. Our hearts and souls are on our sleeves 100 percent of the time.”
The Faim’s early success is evidence of the importance of belief and hard work, and in what it means when you’re willing to make sacrifices for your art. Now the band is standing at a precipice, waiting to see what comes next. “We are so surprised and delighted and astounded and all of the adjectives you can think of,” Stephen says. “We’re getting so many opportunities and it excites us so much. The best part is that this is only the beginning. The story is just starting. The work is yet to come. There’s so much left to do and we can’t wait.”
"Summer Is A Curse"-Single Bio
Die Band wurde bereits euphorisch von Tastemakern wie VEVO, BBC Radio 1-Moderator Dan P Carter, Upset, Rock Sound, TMRW, Alternative Press, MTV, The Box Scuzz und vielen anderen abgefeiert.
„Die aktuelle Single Summer Is A Curse` handelt vom Risiko, einen Schritt ins Ungewisse zu machen. Eine Entscheidung zu fällen, die entweder den Anfang einer neuen Zeitrechnung bedeutet, oder das Ende einer möglichen Entwicklung darstellt. Es geht um die Pfade, für die wir uns entscheiden. Um unsere Träume und die Dinge, die wir zu ihrer Verwirklichung aufgeben müssen“, so Sänger Josh Raven.
Nachdem das Pop Rock-Quartett von Down Under dieses Jahr schon mit ausgedehnten Touren mit Lower Than Atlantis in Großbritannien und Sleeping With Sirens in Australien und Neuseeland einläutete, begibt sich die Band bereits am 21. Mai wieder auf große England-Tour, auf der The Faim auch für ausgewählte Konzerte in Deutschland Station machen und zusammen mit The Dangerous Summer zu sehen sein werden.
Ebenso sind die Australier auf allen wichtigen UK-Sommerfestivals wie The Great Escape, Slam Dunk, Camden Rocks, Download, Reading und Leeds zu Gast.
Während der Aufnahmen zu ihrem Debütalbum auf BMG haben sich The Faim tatkräftige Unterstützung von Größen wie Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy), Josh Dun (Twenty One Pilots) und Mark Hoppus (Blink-182) geholt. Weitere Infos zum Album folgen schon bald.
The Faim sind:
Josh Raven (Vocals), Stephen Beerkens (Bass, Keyboard) und Sean Tighe (Drums, Percussion)