“Music really can change the world, so whatever we write about in the future I just want it to mean something important, not something superficial.”
We caught up with The Faim guitarist Sam Tye during the band’s UK tour to look back on their hectic year and talk pre-show rituals, dream collaborations and album number two.
Ever since the release of their debut EP, ‘Summer Is A Curse’, in 2018, a buzz has followed Australian pop-rockers The Faim wherever they go. Working alongside some of the biggest names in modern rock and going from strength-to-strength over the last year, 2019 has been truly triumphant for the quartet, with the release of their debut album, ‘State Of Mind’, catapulting them to greater heights than their humble minds could ever imagine.
With sold out shows across the world and a barrage of loyal fans eager to learn each and every word they write, the only way is up for The Faim, and they sure are enjoying the ride. Currently touring the UK to top off what has been a momentous year for the Aussies, we sat down with guitarist Sam Tye to discuss everything from their groundbreaking debut album to the therapeutic power of music and what the next decade holds.
This year has been a bit of a crazy one for you, with your first headline world tour and sold out shows all across the globe. Looking back on 2019, what have been some of your highlights?
Sam: This year has been super busy. I think playing in Mexico for the first time was a massive highlight for us, along with being a part of some festivals in the UK and EU.
You also released your debut album, ‘State Of Mind’ this year, how have you found the reception to that?
Sam: I think any album receives a bit of a mixed reception, but it’s been predominately positive. It’s been great to be able to tour this year with the songs from the album, but we’re constantly looking a few steps ahead and we’ve already started to think about our second album.
You’re currently in the middle of your UK and EU headline tour, how have the shows been so far and what are you most looking forward to?
Sam: This is our third tour in the UK this year so it’s good to see people still coming down to the shows and enjoying the night. This has definitely been one of our favourite tours so far and we’re excited to share the new songs with the music lovers of the UK and EU.
Now you have a whole album of new music to choose from when picking your setlists, what is your favourite track to play live and why?
Sam: Definitely ‘State Of Mind’ for me, that song is really special for the whole band and it’s just extremely fun to play live.
You’re from Perth in Australia, how does touring down under differ from over here in Europe?
Sam: We do a lot more flying in Australia, but the tours are usually much shorter, and a lot warmer!
For those who are unfamiliar with The Faim, can you give us three reasons why they should come and catch a show on this UK run?
Sam: I hope that no matter who you are you can come down to a show and enjoy your night with no worries. I think at the end of the day music is very therapeutic and if you have nothing else on, coming down to a show will be more of a positive experience rather than a negative one. Plus, you can stay in and watch Netflix anytime you want, so you may as well go to a show!
Do you have a routine that you follow before you take to the stage?
Sam: I usually warm up and stretch a bit, make sure I’ve had some food but not too much and stay hydrated.
You’ve worked with some incredible names in the rock music world, including Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz and Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus. If you could work alongside any musician, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
Sam: The answer to this always changes for me but I would love to work with Kevin Parker from Tame Impala.
What message do you want your music to send to fans?
Sam: Music really can change the world, so whatever we write about in the future I just want it to mean something important, not something superficial. We’re living in a world where people are becoming more aware of the choices they make and how it affects the world and others, I think it’s important to keep that relevant and not become ignorant to it.
With your debut album all wrapped up, what are The Faim’s 2020 plans?
Sam: Taking time to write and record our second album is going to be our main focus for 2020, then hopefully we’ll be back with more songs at some point in the future.
The Faim’s UK tour is already in full swing, don’t miss your chance to see the band playing songs from their debut album, ‘State Of Mind’ before they head into the studio to make album two. Get your tickets here, or set up an alert here to be notified about face value resale tickets on Twickets.