Earlier this year, Lower Than Atlantis announced that a little band from Australia called The Faim would be supporting them on their UK tour, and to the surprise of almost no-one the question everyone asked was: who?
With only two tracks to their name it was a brave move, but fast-forward less than half a year later and the Australian natives are the band on everyone’s lips. Their blend of pop-rock took the world of music by storm, and they’ve since racked up several festival and support slots across Europe, Australia, and the UK.
Little did anyone know that prior to all of this, the band had signed a worldwide record deal and been in the studio with the likes of Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy), Mark Hoppus (Blink-182), Ashton Irwin (Waterparks), and the legendary John Feldman to record their debut EP, ‘Summer Is A Curse’.
The lead single and title-track is a slow building summer anthem that opens things up. Instrumentally it’s a triumph, with the keyboard being main focus in the verses and the crashing drums and bass guitar coming into focus during the chorus, all the while taking a back seat behind the impeccable Brendon Urie-esque vocals of frontman, Josh Raven.
‘Make Believe’ is by far and away the most accomplished track on the record. The track, which sounds like a mix between Panic! At The Disco and the more anthemic sounds of You Me at Six, builds up from a piano based balled into a moving and powerful guitar driven arena anthem.
As a complete counter hand, following number ‘I Can Feel You’ is a dance-floor filler and bound-to-be fan favourite. The bouncy pop banger has obviously been written with their live shows in mind, and will no doubt be the highlight of every show. Seriously, you’ll catch yourself humming the chorus in your head for days after hearing it.
The main flaw with this EP is the lack of cohesion, which is never more prevalent than in the completely disjointed ‘My Heart Needs To Breathe’. Beginning with a slightly sleazy sound reminiscent of recent Fall Out Boy, it builds into the chorus of what seems like a completely different song and then back again. There’s blockbuster hit potential here, but it lacks refinement. Perhaps more time spent could’ve avoided this sounding both confused and unfinished.
There’s no doubt that The Faim are heading for monster stardom, that’s absolutely plain to see, and while ‘Summer Is A Curse’ is a great introduction and a fantastic platform to build upon, it feels more like a collection of fun songs rather than a cohesive body of work.
The EP reeks of a band trying to find their feet and pin down who they are, and that will ultimately come with time. With some tweaks, self-reflection and time to establish a refined identity, The Faim could fast become one of the biggest names in pop-rock.