Chicago’s Metro Stage Not Big Enough For Aussie Rockers The Faim

Sam Tye of The Faim performing at the Metro in Chicago, IL | 5.07.2019 Photo Credit: Ian Bardecki (@CenterStagePictures)
Josh Raven of The Faim performing at the Metro in Chicago, IL | 5.07.2019
Photo Credit: Ian Bardecki (@CenterStagePictures)

Chicago, IL – Passionate Aussie rockers The Faim took to the stage at Chicago’s Metro on Tuesday evening with the force and power of a Category 5 hurricane. Now if you aren’t familiar with The Faim, don’t worry – you will be soon enough. The band has been touring in their native Australia as well as Europe, selling out shows on both continents all the while gaining momentum with airplay and making new fans along the way. Opening up with their set this evening with the rock anthem, and probably my personal favorite, “Saints of the Sinners”, the bands’ fresh air of infectious music didn’t take long to get the crowd moving. With Josh Raven on vocals, Sam Tye on guitar, bassist/keyboardist Stephen Beerkens and drummer Linden Marissen, the band has an excessive amount of energy on stage that cannot be contained by a mid-sized venue like the Metro. Not once, not twice, but several times Josh Raven went into the crowd to croon. Whether it was during “Beautiful Drama”, “A Million Stars”, “I Can Feel You” or their latest smash hit “Amelie”, it was clear that Raven needed to be closer to the crowd. That did not deter his bandmates Sam Tye or Stephen Beerkens from getting involved, as both musicians were all over the stage jumping, running back and forth, and interacting with the crowd as well. And while they may be constrained to the size of the stage, it did not prevent them from putting on an arena like performance.

Sam Tye of The Faim performing at the Metro in Chicago, IL | 5.07.2019
Photo Credit: Ian Bardecki (@CenterStagePictures)

While the band has only been around a short time, they sound and perform more like veterans than a group who has just recently gotten their start a little over three years ago. Josh Raven’s vocals sounded terrific this evening, and dare I say better than the performance on their EP, attributing the factor of the band performing night after night and his voice getting stronger with each performance. The group as a whole sounds fantastic live. The camaraderie shared by the members on stage is a treasure to watch, as Raven tussles the hair of his bassist and guitarist, or if it’s Beerkens taking a drumstick and assisting by crashing cymbals for drummer Linden Marissen during the performance of “Midland Line”.

The Faim released a 6-track EP titled Summer Is A Curse in 2018. By the sound of things, it looks like they will also be releasing a full-fledged album after their 2019 Summer Tour wraps up later this year. They have also released a handful of singles that will probably make it onto the record, or at the very least they will be a precursor for what their debut album has in store for the fans. The band played every song from their EP, and also introduced new material such as “Midland Line”, “Fire” and their latest single, “Amelie”. Watching The Faim perform their catchy songs and their performance on stage, it’s clear that this is a band on the edge of a colossal breakthrough ready to happen at any second. And while there were more than just a few of their fans in attendance, it didn’t matter that others didn’t know the words to their songs. As I sat back and watched not just the band but those in attendance, more than several people commented about how fabulous their music and stage presence is, upon hearing them for the first time. The Faim are doing something right, as they left the stage to a fantastic ovation by everyone in attendance. Wherever they are playing, they are gaining new fans at every city and every stop along their way to much larger stages anxiously awaiting their presence.

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Saints of the Sinners
My Heart Needs To Breathe
Beautiful Drama
When It Comes
Midland Line
A Million Stars
I Can Feel You
Make Believe
Summer Is a Curse

Show Date: 5/7/2019


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Born in Scotland, raised in the United States, based in Chicago. Ian Bardecki is a professional photographer, avid motorcyclist, reader, IT geek, gaming and comic book nerd, who was bathed in music at a young age by his mother who constantly played classical piano in their home. While she also introduced him to the Beatles and Elvis, his father forced on him Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, the local paper boy had him listening to Alice Cooper, his uncle then turned him onto KISS and his first 8 track tape, while his friends turned him onto punk music. Today, his music library ranges from Amadeus Mozart to ZZ Ward and everything in between. Hesitantly agreeing to fill in one night to photograph a concert at a local venue in San Francisco for a friend, was where the accidental love and passion for concert photography was born and hasn’t stopped growing since. As a freelance photographer, Ian has had the honor of working with various artists like, John 5, Sick Puppies, Scott Stapp, Drowning Pool, Anti-Flag and Art of Dying, just to name a few. Ian can be found on Instagram and Facebook under Center Stage Pictures.