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The Faim @ Brighton Music Hall Live Show Review November 23, 2018 By Mindy Stevenson Music Journalist Boston Rock Radio

The Faim @ Brighton Music Hall

Live Show Review

November 23, 2018

By Mindy Stevenson Music Journalist Boston Rock Radio



Turkey, stuffing, and a show. That’s what I’d like my new Thanksgiving tradition to be. On Friday the 23rd The Faim had their very first live show in Boston. This delightful Australian band played with Hands like Houses, Emarosa, Devour the Day, and Arlington at the Brighton Music Hall. Being they have a short stay in the USA I was very excited to be able to see these blazing and motivated four live.


I was a little worried about the size of the crowd as it was the day after Thanksgiving but as show time started the crowd grew. As I am a huge fan of smaller venues, I was pleased with the size of Brighton Music Hall. One thing I noticed and liked was how clean and organized the place was. They have clear lines marked on the floor for walking and this seemed to make it easier for both fans and musicians to move around during and after sets. They also seemed to have a good handle on the sound check times in between bands. There was not much waiting in between which was nice.


The Faim came on second in rotation after Arlington’s energic set. Arlington came to us with a kind of harder classic punk rock alternative feel and The Faim slipped right in like they owned the show with bold pop rock. “My Heart Needs to Breathe” opened their set and instantly I started to see the crowd was singing along. There were already a few bobbing yellow hats from their merch table.


I do like it when you can hear the lead singer and the instrumental at the same time. One slight pet peeve of mine is low vocals and Josh did not disappoint. The Faim played together on stage with grace like ballet dancers. Every move seemed that they understood each other without visible gestures or eye contact though it didn’t feel too staged. You can see the bond these guys share and their connection shows through in their movements. When bass/keyboardist, Stephen Beerkens, wasn’t playing keyboards both him and bass/guitarist, Sam Tye, would frequently play together while drummer, Sean Tighe, would play with such vigor that my arms started to burn just watching him. There is a genuine and authentic feeling in their playing that comes through on stage.


As with some of my favorite bands, Josh went into the crowd for both “A Million Stars” and “Summer is a Curse” to sing with the fans. I always found this to a be way to get the crowd excited. Though they were on stage for only a little over 30 minutes it was a sweaty, jumping delight. After the show Stephen manned the merch booth but you could still find Josh laughing and hugging his fans warmly.


Overall, the whole show was wonderful and energetic. Devour the Day and Emarosa were hard and fast while Hands like Houses brought a fanned fueled intensity that ended the night leaving us craving just one more song. Brighton Music Hall is a tremendous place to see bands and The Faim is just that kind of band...Tremendous.






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