Aussie rockers The Faim prepare for first US tour

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By Sofie Kato, news staff

The Faim, an Australian pop-rock band once called Small Town Heroes, will perform in Boston later this month. Currently on their first U.S. tour, The Faim recently released their EP titled “Summer is a Curse” which they worked on with Ashton Irwin, the drummer for the band Five Seconds of Summer.

“We’ve heard so much about the diversity and culture of American music that we are excited to get a different perspective and share our style,” said Josh Raven, the lead singer of The Faim.

Raven and his bandmates, Sam Tye, Stephen Beerkens and Sean Tighe, became friends in high school and formed their band through a shared love of bands like Coldplay.  

“Each of us come from a different background and we utilize the best parts of ourselves to work together to create something beautiful,” Raven said. “We love what we do, and this really is the start of our career.”

Music producer John Feldmann noticed the band, allowing them  to work with artists like Pete Wentz, bassist and lyricist for Fall Out Boy, and Josh Dun, the drummer for Twenty One Pilots. Wentz co-wrote their single off their EP, “Summer is a Curse.”

“From Wentz we learned about what it means to work hard,” Raven said. “Don’t be afraid to take risks, to be vulnerable and ultimately we learned that believing in yourself is one of the most powerful things that you can do.”

Along with Wentz, Dun and Irwin, the band also collaborated with Mark Hoppus, the lead singer of Blink-182. In general, their goal with touring and performing is to inspire people to do something different.

“Always believe in what you do,” Raven said. “It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, just never be afraid of being your raw, passionate self.”

Raven’s personal musical influences range from Frank Sinatra to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, while the group as a whole is influenced by groups such as Twenty One Pilots, Coldplay and The 1975.

“As a band, we are not afraid of going into the deepest parts of ourselves,” Raven said. “We are not afraid of judgement or criticism and this will explore and nurture our passion for music.”

Raven describes his concerts as energetic, raw, passionate and theatrical.

“Every song we play is something different,” Raven said. “I hope we can offer an escape, and provide an experience of music in its most raw and pure form.”  

The Faim will play at Brighton Music Hall in Boston on Friday, Nov. 23, at 6 p.m.