The Faim are an Australian rock group who are about to take the world by storm. Having just recently signed a global recording contract with BMG, the Perth based four-piece are set up for international success.
Check out the music video for their single "Saints of Sinners"
If the song reminds you of bands like Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco, that's because Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz had a hand in co-writing the song, while production was done by the legendary John Feldmann who has produced countless major records in the alternative music genre in the past 20 years.
We asked The Faim's frontman Josh Raven 10 questions about the band to help us, and you, get to know them better, here's what he had to say:
How would you describe your sound if talking to someone who has never heard your music?
What you see is what you get. No cheap games, no gimmicks. We just love music and the connection it creates. Our music reflects our journey in life as a band and all the deepest fears, secrets, hopes and dreams that we have. These songs are the rawest parts of ourselves, all for the world to see.
How did The Faim first come together?
Stephen, Michael and I all went to high school together. Coincidentally, in the same music class. Michael and Stephen were writing grunge music for a music assignment and Michael said “we should start a band.” Then, the next day they asked me if I wanted to join. I was doing acoustic covers and a bit of writing. No one had really found their place within music but we knew we loved music. As soon as we started writing together the connection was there and we haven’t looked back. We met Sean about 6 months after starting the band. We saw his incredible talent on YouTube through his drum covers and we were blown away. We contacted him straight away, had our first rehearsals together and it was the best jam we’ve ever had. I’ll always remember how great that feeling of certainty was, knowing that this is our band.
What show would you consider to be your "breakout gig" to this point?
The show that really put us into gear and got us to drop everything would have to be the first headline show we ever played. We couldn’t believe when we found we’d sold it out because we were so new to performing and we’d spent most of our time in the studio rehearsing or writing music. The energy of that show was unforgettable and we’ve been in love ever since.
What does it take for band to stand out in a music environment such as Perth?
It takes realistic, critical thinking backed up with hard work and sacrifice. We live in one of the most isolated cities in the world and ways of reaching new people get harder and harder. For us whether it’s a 15 hour day in the studio, handing out fliers outside shows or commenting and replying to messages on social media, the mindset of every 1% eventually equals 100% worked well for us.
What should people expect from your live performance when coming to see The Faim?
Expect energy at every show for us whether it’s an empty bar or a packed room. We play every single show like it’s our last. These songs mean more than anything to us. Every step as a band or an individual whether it was good, bad or ugly has defined us. These song are so personal to all of us and it brings out such a passionate energy from within. There’s no better feeling in this world than letting go, expressing the rawest parts of your identity and performing songs that are true to ourselves. We’re not fake, we aren’t a gimmick, just four guys with a story who live and breathe for music.
Who is the primary songwriter in the band?
We all have a role and input in all aspects of our songwriting. Each of us has the ability to bring ideas to the table, but the primary writers would be Stephen, Michael and I.
What should people expect from the band in 2018?
There’s so many incredible plans in the making. Tours, merch, new songs, video logs, but mainly expect four guys who are ready to spread the message of The Faim all over the world.
What was the first album you purchased?
The first album I ever purchased was Cohesion by Gyroscope. I’d listened to it previously with my older brother but I wanted to be cool like him so I got the same CD.
First concert you attended?
The first concert I ever attended was a Slipknot concert. I was 15 and I “borrowed” my brother's old ID so I could sneak out and see them. I was completely blown away. The community was so diverse but welcoming. Young kids getting along with to 50 year olds because how much they love Slipknot. I’ll always remember the energy of that night, getting on some guy's shoulders only to fall off and chip my tooth and get a black eye from the mosh pit. I don’t regret it though, I went home with the biggest smile on my face.
Most influential band to you personally?
The Eagles are a band for me that have influenced me my entire life and still influence me to this day. Their music is so deep and intertwined with their story and their identity that I discover more reasons to love them almost every time I listen to them. The authenticity, talent and passion of that band truly amazes me.