Australian alt-rockers The Faim have done their fair share of touring across the UK, Europe and their native Australia over the past couple of months, building on their already dedicated fanbase and providing a heartfelt and electric live show. Friday sees the release of their eagerly anticipated debut EP Summer Is A Curse (September 7, BMG).
Opening with the title track, we have an upbeat summer anthem with an arena ready chorus. Latest single A Million Stars sees frontman Josh Raven provide soaring vocal melodies.
Since it was debuted live, fans have been constantly pleading for the studio version of Make Believe, now they have their wish and it is an atmospheric ballad that hits you right in the feels, from the huge keys, delicate backing vocals and earth shattering lead vocals.
A true stadium anthem is I Can Feel You. One that is mandatory to be off your feet during their live shows, the infectious beats and pre-chorus “woahs” ensure it will be in your head non-stop. Set opener My Heart Needs To Breathe has a super infectious chorus, distorted backing instrumentation that adds an added layer. Closer When It Comes is a brand new track that ends the EP with a dancey feel and will remain lodged in your head like a pesky earworm that you actually want to stay there.
With an already impressive catalogue of hits in their live set, choosing just six to debut to the world in recorded format must have been difficult, but The Faim have selected a brilliant list that showcases how varied their sound can be and provides just a glimpse of how talented the band are. The EP is full of soaring vocal melodies and harmonies, intricate, rocky drums, atmospheric keys and tantalising guitar work and basslines. This is just the start for the Perth natives.