Australian four piece band, The Faim, brought their tour from down under to Manchester on Sunday 8th December. The evening was off to a strong start as bassist, Stephen Beerkens, burst onto the stage showcasing his impeccable performance skills followed shortly by fellow members; Josh, Samuel and Linden. Having toured relentlessly throughout 2019; it was obvious their hard work had paid off as The Faim showed an undeniably strong level of confidence performing to what was clearly a very passionate group of fans. Their set opened with the first song from latest release, State Of Mind; Tongue Tied; a gritty upbeat rock anthem. Frontman, Josh Raven, was a highly animated performer which was a true thrill to watch. He orchestrated the crowd like a conductor with his arms outstretched to the audience and microphone in hand; fans relished in the moment of mirroring their idol’s lyrics.
The set was comprised of crowd favourites and hits such as Humans and Beautiful Drama. Six songs in; we saw a change in tempo as the band slowed things down to perform their poignant and moving song; Make Believe. With bright white beams of light spiralling in a circular motion to leave a twinkling star like vision cast across the stage; fans along with Josh screamed the words “I want to feel something”; which is certainly what they were doing as the Academy filled from wall to wall with emotion. This was followed by a different take on Worlds Apart led by mellow piano chords to give a more sombre and heart-felt identity to the song before reverting back to the original version which instantly got audience members throwing their arms in the air and jumping to the beat.
Two notably stand out songs were My Heart Needs To Breathe and Summer Is a Curse as both delivered a high level of energy which was reciprocated strongly by the audience. Overall, the night left all concert goers wanting more from what was an incredibly powerful show. Although the band are now home taking a well deserved break for the first time in a very long time; we can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store for The Faim. Check out the band’s socials attached below to stay up to date with their next chapter!