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The Faim Interview

Written by on 10th February 2019

I had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Australian rockers Sam and Lind from The Faim before their performance at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut on Tuesday night. 

Siobhan: “Nice and easy to start off with, what made you guys want to start a band in the first place?”

Sam: “I think just loving music, my dad was a musician so he got me into it. I was in bands when I was like 10 all the way through my teenage years because it’s just something fun to do. So, I don’t really ever think you think ‘let’s start a band’ it’s like you’re just playing music with your friends then you decide to write music and somehow you end up in a band.”

Lind: “It wasn’t really like a decision that you sit down and think of a lot, it’s just like instinct and something you want to do. You find people that are in the same boat and then it starts very naturally.”

Siobhan: “What was it like to have the bands debut single, ‘Saints of the Sinners’ co-written by Pete Wentz?” 

Lind: “Obviously pretty massive for the band, no one really knew much about The Faim before that at all. I wasn’t actually in the band at the time but having someone like Pete Wentz put his influences and opinions is obviously huge for anyone.”

Siobhan: “Who would you say are your biggest musical influences?”

Sam: “For me personally, alternative rock from the 80s to the 2000s. So bands like The Pixies, Nirvana, The Strokes, Smashing Pumpkins, Wheezer, all that sorta stuff has been my main influence.”

Lind: “I would say those bands too like Nirvana, but more so the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and more recently The Wombats, The 1975. They have a big influence on me as a musician.” 

Siobhan: “You guys just released a new single Fire a few days ago, how has this music evolved from your debut album last year?”

Lind: “It’s different, all the songs that have been written and haven’t been released yet are so different to that song. All the songs that have been written are always different from each other, especially from what that song started as to what it came out as has been such a massive change. It’s been a massive journey.”

Sam: “I guess Fire is probably one of the most poppy things we’ve done to date which is a bit different. Obviously, you know Saints of the Sinners is very rocky, heavier like loud guitars and stuff. I guess that’s one thing I’ve found the band does is a lot of different stuff.”

Siobhan: “It’s always good to differentiate and create new things.”

Sam: “Oh absolutely, listeners enjoy it more. The live show is more interesting, I feel because of it because it’s not just all the same. You hear the ups and downs as you will probably see tonight.”

Siobhan: “Do you guys have a favourite city or venue to perform in?”

Lind: “Oh, that’s a good question. Every city has its own sort of character to it. I love a lot of cities in the UK and Europe. I personally really liked Manchester, but you know one place I haven’t been but would love to is Edinburgh as well. I haven’t been there, I’ve been to Glasgow a few times but I would love to see more of Scotland.”

Siobhan: “Lastly, how is the tour going?”

Sam: “It’s going good, the shows have been a lot of fun, a lot of people there and everyone seems to be having a good time. You look out into the crowd at some points in the set and everyone seems to be either jumping around or singing along or sometimes even crying which is awkward.” 

Lind: “The shows have been cool, they’ve been amazing. Hopefully we will keep this up.”

Written by Siobhan Macdonald

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