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The Faim Summer is a Curse Album Review

The Faim

Summer is a Curse

Album Review By Mindy Stevenson

Journalist, Boston Rock Radio



Warning! You will definately be singing to yourself after you listen to The Faim’s new EP titled Summer Is A Curse. I just wanted to put that out there just in case you don’t want to feel that “just one more cookie” feeling. However, if you are a sucker for some pop rock goodies you are in for a treat.


You may remember earlier this year when The Faim released their single “Midland Line” followed by another single “Saint of the Sinners.” These two songs seemed to showcase the band’s style by giving us two fairly different sounds but still within the pop rock/alternative genre. One song made me feel like I needed to roll down my window and take in new summer air and the other felt more like a soft angry rebellion of sorts. The new EP, released September 7th, definitely has a heavier pop feel than the two previous songs and seems to ooze producer John Feldmann (blink-182, All Time Low, Good Charlotte) style from it’s bindings.


Along with John Feldmann, the band also worked with Josh Dun (Twenty One Pilots), Ashton Irwin (5 Seconds of Summer) and Mark Hoppus (blink-182) on their new album. While there are definite hints of their inspiration bands (Fall Out Boy, 5 Days of Summer and ????) I still think lead singer Josh Raven’s voice rivals Brendon Urie from Panic at the Disco. Josh has strong vocals that are on point and compliments his band mates steady melody very well.


The album features six songs that showcase their pop rock style well. The first song, “Summer is a Curse,” feels like a great beginning to the EP. It reflects the bands last two singles well while stretching out just a little. They also released a music video with this song and it carries a little more of a story line than the last two. This song is refreshingly young and hopefully nostalgic.


Songs like “My Heart Needs to Breathe” (one of my favorite tracks) has a great beat with a slight tempo change in the chorus. The song reflects a kind of frustration you can relate to when telling someone to just make a damn decision already. Alternatively “Make Believe” and “A Million Stars” has a more sad but hopeful vibe that gives you a sense of The Faim’s more serious side.


Summer Is A Curse still sticks with the love lost feeling that seemed to loom in their first two singles but you can hear the band’s growth in just the short months between releases. The Faim are currently working on a full length album which is slated for 2019. I am excited to hear what these rapidly growing foursome have coming up. And if you’re like me, you will be patiently waiting by the cookie jar for a refill and ready to binge.



Band Members:

Josh Raven - Lead Vocals

Michael Bono - Lead Guitar/ Bass/ Vocals

Stephen Beerkens - Bass/Keyboard

Sean Tighe - Drums and Percussion


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The Faim Music Videos:

Saints Of The Sinners | Midland Line | Summer Is A Curse



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