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THE FAIM ANNOUNCE MASSIVE HEADLINE TOUR

Alt-Rock risers The Faim have just announced their biggest tour to date, taking the stage in 2019.

Taking off in Australia the band travel across the UK and Europe before finishing in February.

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THE FAIM HEADLINE TOUR 2019

11th January Amplifier Perth

12th January Vision Studios Perth

17th January Enigma Bar Adelaide

18th January Wrangler Studios Melbourne

18th January The Gaso Melbourne

19th January The Lair Sydney

20th January The Milk Factory Brisbane

25th January 2019 Joiners Southampton

27th January 2019 Globe Cardiff

28th January 2019 Exchange Bristol

29th January 2019 Haunt Brighton

30th January 2019 Bodega Nottingham

31st January 2019 Key Club Leeds

2nd February 2019 Think Tank Newcastle

3rd February 2019 Rebellion Manchester

5th February 2019 King Tuts Glasgow

6th February 2019 O2 Academy Birmingham

7th February 2019 Underworld Camden

8th February 2019 Melkweg Upstairs Amsterdam

9th February 2019 MTC Cologne

11th February 2019 Musik & Freiden Berlin

12th February 2019 Headcrash  Hamburg

13th February 2019 Fierwerk Munich

14th February 2019 Zoom Frankfurt

15th  February 2019 Chelsea Vienna

17th  February 2019 Naumans Lepizig

18th  February 2019 Hafenkenipe Zurich

19th  February 2019 HT Factory Milan

20th February 2019 Les Etoiles Paris

INTERVIEW – STEPHEN BEERKENS – THE FAIM

Touring with Against The Current, writing with Pete Wentz and their experiences in the UK, we asked Stephen Beerkens (Bass/Keys) from The Faim all about recent experiences in their quickly booming career.

Could you tell us your name, role in the band and favourite album of the year so far?

I’m Stephen Beerkens and I play bass and keys. My favourite album for this year would have to be the new Boston Manor record which was released a few weeks back!


You started off writing demos back home before recording in LA. Are there any unreleased demos we will hear in the future?

There are! Some of the demos that we recorded at the very beginning, before heading to LA for the first time, will be featured on our debut album.


The music you’ve created also ranges in rock sub-genre styles, is this a more natural occurrence or did you strive to have a mix of different tracks?

I would say that the diversity in our music is both something that we strive for and that comes naturally. We’ve grown up listening to so many musical influences and wanted to express all of that in our music in a way that is true to us.


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You worked with incredibly well-known producer John Feldmann on your last release, what was it like working alongside him?

It was a truly amazing experience that pushed us as both musicians and songwriters. John brought us out of our comfort zones in the best way possible, to tap into parts of ourselves that we’d yet to express until that point. 


Coming from another side of the world, did you find you found new inspirations to incorporate into your music whilst in LA?

Absolutely! We learnt so much about the process of songwriting that we implement in everything we write today. We found inspiration mostly in the events that have made us the people we are today. It’s these experiences and emotions that we tap into in our writing that keeps our songs personal and true to ourselves.


As a band, you have blown up massively in the past few months, with such a fast build-up do you fear anything about the future and coming to terms with your success?

We’re just stoked that people are loving our music and live performances. We want to share our art with people all across the world, so to be able to do that so early in our careers is a real blessing. 


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Playing Slam Dunk festival and now touring the UK with Against The Current , is there anything you have learnt about performing here that is different to Australia?

The crowds in the UK are definitely the most passionate crowds that we’ve played to so far. They bring a real energy to the show that makes us feel right at home.


Individually, do you feel that different locations have an impact on how you perform through different shows?

Whether I’m performing to 10 people or 1000 people, I’ll always give it my full effort. The same goes for location; it doesn’t matter where we play, putting on the best possible show is the priority.


Have you ever had any experiences where you’ve felt almost ‘starstruck’ when meeting or working with certain artists/producers?

Definitely working with Pete Wentz and learning from the advice that he gave us was a moment that I’ll forever remember.


Have you ever had any embarrassing accidents or experiences while performing or on tour?

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve tripped over Against The Current’s drum kit during our set!


If ‘Summer Is A Curse’, then what is your favourite season and why?

Definitely Summer! It’s the best time to get outdoors, hit the beach, and see friends.

GIG REVIEW – AGAINST THE CURRENT – MANCHESTER 23/09/18

On their first UK headliner since late 2016, Against The Current are pushing ‘Past Lives’ to audiences new and old.

Opening the set were highly anticipated Aussie rock band The Faim (9). For a band only starting to blow up in the UK scene it’s safe to say they made many new fans during their set. With incredible energy, vocals and an overall polished yet gritty depth to their performance, the group managed to entice the audience for all 30-mins of their set. Whether it was slow or quicker paced, each track gained a reaction and it wouldn’t be surprising if we see them on more tours soon.

Headlining for the first time in 2018, Against The Current (8) brought their all after falling sick on their last Manchester headline date in 2016. Dominating the setlist were the trio’s four new singles with ‘Voices’ evidently gaining the largest reaction. However, this isn’t to say the remaining three fell behind. Hearing a crowd of excited fans shout ‘Fuck’ before the groovy bridge of ‘Almost Forgot’ is amusing, but also emphasises the bridged connection between the fans and audience established early on in the set. ‘Personal’ and ‘Strangers Again’, also falling early in the set became a highlight, but also leaves he question as to why 3/4 Of the new singles were placed so early in the setlist?

Perhaps it’s because the old songs of the set that bring possibly the greatest reaction of the night. Older tracks that the band know and love are apparent, with fiery rage bursting at the seams of ‘Running With The Wild Things’ and ‘Talk’ setting the highs of the evening. Even the calmer waves of ‘Gravity’ brought fun and excitement, a clear favourite amongst attendees of the night.

Despite the slower nature of ‘Chasing Ghosts’, ‘Dreaming Alone’ and even the live tour debut of ‘Demons’, the group can still show the immense talent vocally and playing wise together. While stage energy did perhaps lack at times from drummer Will Ferri and guitarist Dan Gow, perhaps it was these slower tracks that fit more, with the smooth melodic harmonies beautifully presented. To capture the attention of an audience fully can be tedious at times, but through unreleased track ‘Come Alive’, there was not one individual who’s eyes weren’t on the stage. All focus shifted to to the band as Chrissy Costanza’s vocals echoes throughout the venue. Did these tracks capture the night? No, but the calm before the storm of rage and heavier tracks is something beautiful, often dismissed but shouldn’t be.

What can we expect from ‘Past Lives’? Truth, emotion and some groovy tracks. With the standard Against The Current played to tonight, their next tours will be even bigger.

BREAKDOWN OF SLAM DUNK’S ROCKSOUND BREAKOUT STAGE

Every year, Slam Dunk creates a stage lineup full of new bands, this year being sponsored by Rocksound. Want to learn a little more about the breakout bands taking this year’s stage? Read below!

CHAPEL

Coming over from the US are Chapel, a unlikely synth-pop/rock duo formed of ex metal band members guitarist/vocalist Carter Hardin (Nightmares) and drummer Kortney Grinwis (Favourite Weapon). With a debut EP already released, Chapel’s catchy synth infused tunes captured the attention of British audiences after their slot supporting Waterparks during September 2017. Make sure check out our upcoming post HERE and catch them at Slam Dunk this year!

DREAM STATE

Dream State are a 5-piece post-hardcore band hailing from South Wales, UK, and one of our predicted upcoming bands of 2018. With rising popularity from their 2017 single ‘White Lies’, the band have gone on to release a new single, ‘In This Hell’, and travel on a headline tour across the UK. Like female fronted post-hardcore? Dream State are ones to watch. Check out our interview HERE and our upcoming write up HERE!

GRAYSCALE

Philadelphia pop-punk 5-piece Grayscale are no strangers to music, receiving instant attention from their latest album ‘Adornment’ and appearing on ‘Punk Goes Pop Vol 7’ with their interesting cover of Justin Biebers ‘Love Yourself’. Touring alongside the likes of Slam Dunk returning pop-punk act As It Is, Grayscale are most likely going to create quite a buzz around the UK. Make sure to check them out!

HOLDING ABSENCE

Holding Absence are not your average post-hardcore band. Most probably know Holding Absence through their split EP with UK heavy metal act Loathe earlier this year. Being around for little over 6 months, Holding Absence are quickly gaining popularity and will only get bigger as the year progresses. Want to see them on a small intimate stage? Check them out this May!

MILESTONES

Forming in late 2014, Milestones are the reminiscent 2006 era pop-punk band slowly saturating the UK rock scene. With their debut EP ‘Equal Measures’ boosting them onto tours across America with the likes of Mayday Parade and touring their home country of the UK consistently, they not have an album ‘Red Lights’ and are prepared to show just what they’re here to do. Make sure to read our interview HERE and check out our upcoming post on Milestones HERE!

PALAYE ROYALE

Rising in popularity over the last 6 months, art-rock risers Palaye Royale are making their Breakout Stage headline exclusive this May. Making waves with their album ‘Boom Boom Room Side A’, Palaye Royal already have a plethora of fans across the UK ready to push them even further into the scene over the next few months.

SLEEP ON IT

Pop-punk is a genre sweeping the majority of the breakout stage for a good reason. There are some good pop-punk bands bringing back the genre to its old potential. ‘Overexposed’ album release has increased the Illinois bands discography, and with three other EP’s to hand, Sleep On It are a band that may just creep up unexpectedly into your playlists soon.

STAND ATLANTIC

Coming all the way from Australia are female fronted rock band Stand Atlantic. After their popularity increased with the release of ‘Sidewinder’, the band have had the chance to tour across the UK and Europe before making their Slam Dunk debut this May. Make sure to check out our interview HERE and our upcoming postHERE!

THE FAIM

The Faim are possibly the newest band to be on the lineup this year. Releasing their DEBUT ‘Saints Of The Sinners’ (co-written with Pete Wentz) in February and not even making their live debut till April with Lower Than Atlantis,such a quick breakout is one you should keep your eye on.Make sure to check them out on the Breakout Stage in May!

SLAM DUNK ANNOUNCE BANDS ON THIS YEARS BREAKOUT STAGE

Slam Dunk Festival have just released their list of bands taking over the Rocksound Breakout stage this year!

Headlining the stage are breakout rock band Palaye Royale, joined by the likes of Chapel, Sleep On It and Grayscale as well as our upcoming bandsDream State,Stand Atlantic and Milestones! You can check out the full Rocksound Breakout Stage lineup below!

CHAPEL

DREAM STATE

GRAYSCALE

HOLDING ABSENCE

MILESTONES

PALAYE ROYALE

SLEEP ON IT

STAND ATLANTIC

THE FAIM