Interview: The Faim (@ Skully's 11/21)
"'Summer is a Curse'... shows the diversity of us as a band, and really taps into that world of what’s yet to come for our first album! We’re all very excited."
There’s a wind blowing from Perth, Australia all the way to the United States in the form of a rising band called “The Faim”. They come from the most isolated major city in the world, but they have worked their way to the top of my charts with their new EP, “Summer Is a Curse”.
These high school sweethearts -- Josh Raven (Frontman / Lead Vocals), Sam Tye (Lead Guitar), Stephen Beerkens (Bass/Keyboard), and Sean Tighe (Drums and Percussion) -- created this band, “faim” being a French word for hunger. The group has had some help from writers such as Pete Wentz, Mark Hoppus, Josh Dun, and Ashton Irwin. They have some serious alternative summery vibes that will make you want to roll the windows down and drive down some hilly country roads. The Faim is coming on down to Columbus to play with Hands Like Houses on November 21st in their first United States Tour. They started the tour in California, are moving throughout the US, heading on over to Australia, then finishing up in Europe. We sat down with the drummer, Sean Tighe to ask him some questions…
Tickets to The Faim's show at Skully's on Wednesday, 11/21, are on sale and only $17!
AROUSE: With being a newer band on tour, what has changed from the first show on the road?
Sean Tighe: Definitely having the experience of travelling globally has changed the way we do things since our first ever show on the road. We’ve really got to know what our crowds want, and fan interaction is a huge part of our show. We want people to be leaving after the show feeling inspired and positive!
What is the weirdest thing that has happened on tour so far?
Sean: The weirdest thing that has happened is seeing “The Faim” tattoos everywhere. It’s quite amazing seeing the support, and it’s so surreal to us that people are really connecting to our music and lyrics.
What does “One Way or Another” mean to you guys? Why did you choose to do that cover?
Sean: We chose to do “One Way or Another” because we straight away knew we could do something interesting with it. We wanted to put our own spin on the song and give it that positive, upbeat vibe that really makes you groove!
What was “Summer is a Curse” influenced by? What made you write that song?
Sean: "Summer Is A Curse" was influenced by getting out of where you currently are and achieving your dreams and aspirations. It’s about the sacrifice and commitment to what you want and always knowing you can do anything if you put your mind to it.
You've worked with celebrated artists like Pete Wentz and John Feldmann as co-writers... Do you have a favorite?
Sean: Every writer brought something special to the table, and we were so honored to be in the company of our idols. Being able to write with all of them was a huge deal for us!
Where are you guys headed, with a new EP out are you now working towards an album, or are you just enjoying the time on the road?
Sean: We’re definitely always working on songs even on the road. We never stop writing and have so many tracks up our sleeve already. We aren’t in a rush to release song after song, and we want each song to be special to us and most importantly, to our fans.
Having our EP, "Summer is a Curse,” is great right now because it shows the diversity of us as a band and really taps into that world of what’s yet to come for our first album! We’re all very excited.
The Faim will be performing in Columbus at Skully's Music Diner on Wednesday, 11/21, supporting Hands Like Houses alongside Emarosa, Devour The Day, and Arlington.
Tickets are only $17! The Faim’s new album, Summer Is A Curse, was released September 5th via BMG. It is available on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, and Amazon.
Meghan Yeager is a sophomore at The Ohio State University, majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in French Language and Culture, one of the hosts of A Favorable Swab Thursdays 5-6pm, and can easily consume three pints of ice cream in one sitting.
Jacob Woods is a sophomore at The Ohio State University majoring in Computer Informational Sciences, the host for Morning, Woods on Thursdays 11-12pm, and a simple Texan boy just trying to make his way in the big city of Columbus.