Arguably from one of the more isolated corners of the world, the alternative group The Faim is connecting with listeners transcontinentally through their genre-crossing sound and uninhibited interconnection with fans.
Currently on a North American tour with Black Veil Brides’ lead singer, Andy Black, the band has previously toured with alternative-rock and pop-punk groups like PVRIS, Against The Current, and Sleeping With Sirens.
After being recruited by producer John Feldmann, The Faim has written with Pete Wentz, Mark Hoppus, Josh Dun and Ashton Irwin. Although, those pop punk/rock influences can be heard, the group is putting out distinguishable and distinctive music.
“We never want to put a box on what we do sonically and perceptually,” said vocalist Josh Raven over a phone call in a van traveling to Las Vegas. “Music is a reflection of ourselves because we grow so much and learn so much that we want the music to reflect that and show that progression in our character and our music. Also, in a world today where genres are amalgamating, and everything is becoming much more fluid, it’s so exciting in this day and age to be releasing music. There’s no real boundaries anymore. You can experiment with sounds, genre and ways of putting your music out there. It’s so powerful and liberating for someone like me who’s introverted and quite scared to really put myself out there in a very deep way.”
Right now, they’re working on their debut album. However, Raven expressed The Faim isn’t in a rush to finish it. Their most recent release, “Amelie,” is a turning point of an honest contrast to the rest of their discography, which will be manifested on the debut record.
Now she's turning her tired face to the sky
And she's finding herself
Screaming is there anybody else?
Always aching and shaking
From all the pills that she's taking
Now Amelie puts a gun in her mouth
“We chose to release it because it’s a song for us conceptually and sonically that’s a bit left-wing. It was still within our realm, but we felt like it was a push forward. It showed a different side to us. It’s nice to express pieces of my story with what’s happened in my past relationships or events in my life and shed some light on my personality. I’m a really happy go lucky, optimistic guy; but at the same time, there’s things that everyone goes through despite how happy you are in all these sort of things. It’s important to show that side and a shine a light on those sort of issues. At the end of the day, you’re defined by the positive and negative things that have happened to you. Why wouldn’t you want to put that into the music so people can get to know your identity and feel comfortable with their own lives and struggles?”
Writing so candidly and openly hasn’t always been easy for Raven. He notes John Feldmann being one of the first people to really help him be transparent about his experiences and to acknowledge the dark times. Changing their music content from a surface level to an exposed depth.
“John was one of the first people who really got me to find a part of myself that was really quite dark. I had a lot of things in me that I didn’t know how to get out. We did a lot of meditation sessions together, quite a lot of one on one stuff and it really brought out somethings in me that I’d been holding back. It ended up being expressed in the strangest ways possible. I’ve never been one to talk, and he really just got that out of me.”
Raven’s transparency may be The Faim’s x-factor. Besides having the energy and sound best-suited for a stadium, their lyrics and arrangements have the capacity to single out each listener, leaving you with some sort of sonic tunnel vision.
“It’s an unpredictable, emotional experience. What I’ve realized more and more is that giving myself to that energy, giving myself to that perspective is a big part of what makes us unique. Every show is different and becomes this therapy to me. It’s a way for me to connect to people, a way for me to express and a way for me to show my story and experiences and my voice that there’s nothing really to be afraid of. It’s okay to be you no matter who you are.”
Playing all over North America has been a humbling experience for the band. Being in places they've never been and seeing how much their music has impacted fans.
“They make me want to work harder. I’m looking at them like shit, I need to up my game... We’ve come a long way from home and sometimes, it feels like we’ve never left.”
A long way from home is an understatement. There's about 11,000 miles of Pacific Ocean separating The Faim from their hometown, Perth, Australia. But this distance is continually a game changer for the group.
“Being from Perth, one of the most isolated capital cities of the world, you don’t really have much of a perspective on anything else until you get out of it. In Perth, I have a lot of history there and a lot of things in my world that kind of make up the person I am and then being able to step outside of that with music and being able to explore the world, learn and grow, meet other people and hear their stories and listen to different music and watch different bands, it’s really kind of like a shock to the system creatively because it’s like wow, I’m feeling all these different emotions and seeing all these different things and it just pours out of you. I constantly feel inspired when I’m on the road or anywhere away from Perth. Home is home for me, but it’s also a place of habitual thinking.”
This past year has been full of monumental success for the guys, and their trajectory doesn’t seem to be stopping. Raven doesn’t seem to acknowledge the rising fame, stating, “I’m a crazy dude singing songs and stuff but there’s no difference between me and anyone else.”
“With this rising fame in the sense of pressure, there’s obviously certain things that lay on my shoulders. It’s about facing every challenge, facing every obstacle with a right mindset and positive thinking that can really help you grow as a band and an individual. That’s something I’ve always tried to keep true to. I think if we never lose that than we have no real problem. Fame has never been a goal or an objective of mine. I don’t particularly care for it. I’m just here to write music and sing songs.”
The Faim is made up of Josh Raven, Sam Tye, Stephen Beerkens and Linden Marissen.
The rest of their tour dates are listed below:
April 29 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale, PA
April 30 Baltimore Soundstage Baltimore, MD
May 1 Gramercy Theatre New York, NY
May 3 Palladium Worcester, MA
May 4 Asbury Lanes Asbury Park, NJ
May 6 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
May 7 Metro Chicago, IL
May 8 Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN
May 10 Phantasy Nightclub Lakewood, OH
May 11 The Majestic Theatre Detroit, MI
May 13 The Opera House Toronto, Canada
May 15 L’Astral Montreal, Canada
May 16 Underground arts Philadelphia, PA