Live Review: The Faim - The Garage, London 07/02/19


Aussie boys, The Faim, rounded off the UK leg of their UK/EU tour in truly spectacular fashion…

After having already sold out the original venue and being upgraded to The Garage, Highbury - only a handful of tickets remained to see the four-piece.

Halflives began the night. Taking to the stage a little after doors, the French group were greeted by the 600-capacity venue already fit to bursting. With plenty of crowd interaction and sing-along choruses, the band tear through popular singles “Fugitive”, “Burn” and “Crown” to a very happy audience.

Chapel could easily be Rise Records’ next big thing. Indie/pop-rock vibes gives it that prime-time radio feel, it’d be unsurprising to see the American duo in performing incredibly well in the charts and selling out their own shows before too long. With only a couple of singles yet released, Khalid’s Young Dumb and Broke makes an appearance which has the crowd singing ecstatically. Both members have been in bands on Rise before, it’s novel to discover such a departure from their previous scene(s) - welcome, yet still novel.

The Faim are no stranger to the UK any longer. With performances at Camden Rocks, Slam Dunk and Download to name but a few in 2018 alone, this UK/EU tour is a statement of intent - evidently the group aren’t stopping any time soon. A six track EP and a handful of singles backs the boys from down-under so it’s likely we’ll be seeing a full length relatively soon.

Despite some major technical issues during the opening track Saints of the Sinners (powered through with support from the incredibly loud crowd), The Faim brought an energy that had the entirety of The Garage ensconced - be it for the jump-around bop that is Fire or the emotional outpouring of Where the River Runs. For the latter, frontman Josh jumped into the crowd and torchlights illuminated the room. A busy night overall, the group are sure to be selling out ever larger venues in the years to come.

Words and Photography by Rhys Haberfield