Following the release of the incredibly anthemic single ‘Saints of the Sinners‘ and the announcement of them joining the Slam Dunk 2018 line-up, we asked The Faim‘s guitarist/bassist/vocalist Michael Bono to tell us more about themselves using our A-Z challenge!
A SONG WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO MAKE MUSIC:
American Idiot – Green Day
BEST RIDER YOU HAVE EVER HAD:
The best rider we had was definitely free accommodation along with free drinks at the Civic Hotel in Perth, which eventuated into a very memorable after party!
CRAZIEST MOMENT YOU’VE EXPERIENCED IN THE BAND:
Receiving the initial email from John Feldmann‘s assistant about potential work opportunities back in late 2016 was definitely the craziest moment!
DEEPEST LYRICS ONE OF YOUR SONGS FEATURES:
“Lost boys try to find a way, gold boys keep the dreams away” – Saints of the Sinners
EASIEST SONG YOU WROTE:
The song we wrote with Ashton Irwin – The writing flowed really well from the very first moment and the song was complete before we knew it.
FAVOURITE SONG IN YOUR SET:
The song we wrote coming back from our first trip to LA – It sounds huge when translated into a live setting and I love the raw emotion of the song.
GUEST YOU’D MOST LIKE TO FEATURE ON YOUR RECORD:
HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING IN A BAND:
Starting off is definitely the hardest part of being in a band as you have little to no experience in the industry, you have to figure out how to develop your fanbase and also find your sound.
INTERESTING FACT ABOUT ONE OF YOUR MEMBERS:
Josh is uncomfortably flexible.
JOKES YOU HAVE IN THE BAND:
How to cut an avocado… (don’t bring it up).
KEY TO WRITING A SONG:
Having a clear concept and strong melodies.
LONGEST DISTANCE YOU’VE TRAVELLED TO PLAY A SHOW:
Only 50 minutes from our home since we’ve never played a show outside our hometown, haha.
MOST INSPIRING MUSICIAN YOU’VE EVER EXPERIENCED:
5 Seconds of Summer have been a huge inspiration to me, especially when starting off in the band. They’re four mates from high school who have made their mark in the industry in such a short time. That gave me the drive to push forward in the band as I would think, “If they can do it, why can’t we?”
NEW BAND YOU’D RECOMMEND:
OPENING FOR THIS BAND WOULD BE IDEAL:
Twenty One Pilots would definitely be the dream band to play with!
PLACE YOU’D MOST LIKE TO TOUR:
QUOTE THAT YOU’D LIKE TO PASS ON TO READERS:
Reach for the sky, it’s never too high.
REASON FOR THE TITLE OF YOUR RECENT/FORTHCOMING RELEASE:
Saints of the Sinners is about making your mark in world. The title represents the youth fuelled rebellion in all of us that wants to be heard.
SEE US LIVE AT:
Lower Than Atlantis UK Tour
Sleeping With Sirens AUS and NZ Tour
Download Festival UK
THE OLD DAYS OF MUSIC WERE BETTER THAN THOSE CURRENT, DO YOU AGREE:
Music is always evolving which makes it very hard to judge whether either era of music is better or worse than the other. All eras of music have their best and worst moments.
I’ve seen KISS release their own coffins and ‘Kondoms’ which you could say is quite unusual.
VARIATIONS YOU’D LIKE TO DO ON ANY OF YOUR SONGS:
Stripping our songs back into their rawest of forms.
WHAT DO YOUR FANS MEAN TO YOU:
Our fans mean the world to us. Without them we wouldn’t be in the position that we are in now, and their continued support is what drives us to make the most of every opportunity we’re given. They’re our family.
X-RAYS OR ANY OTHER TREATMENTS NEEDED FOR BAND RELATED INJURIES:
I fractured my wrist in the very early stages of the band, which resulted in deferring my studies and taking on the band full time.
YOU’RE LATE FOR A SHOW, WHO’S FAULT IS IT:
Mine, because I’m probably eating.
ZOO ANIMAL THAT BEST DESCRIBES THE PERSONALITY OF YOUR BAND:
A Wolf, because we stick together like a pack through everything we do.