Hailing from Perth, Australia The Faim have been around in some form since 2014. The band members met one another during high school and began writing music, this eventually landed in front of John Feldmann who invited them to LA and subsequently led to the birth of The Faim as it is now. The bands new EP Summer Is A Curse has a little bit of everything…

The opening and title track, Summer Is A Curse, sets the EP up for huge expectations. The track is a summer anthem written to be the soundtrack of pool parties and road trips. The orchestral strings are a key element and provide a contrast to the deep vocals of lead singer Josh Raven, but they work beautifully together. Lyrics such as ‘If you don’t try then you never know’ hint at making decisions, Josh Raven says “‘Summer Is A Curse’ is about taking the leap into a make or break situation that could grow into the beginning of a new era, or cause the end of what could’ve been. It’s about the paths we take, the dreams we have, and the things left behind to reach them.”

Make Believe is a ballad through and through, complete with piano arrangement and strings. The vocals on this track really shine with their diversity, it’s great to see a different side to Raven. The only negative remark to make about this track is that as the song peaks the vocals get somewhat lost in the mix. I Can Feel You picks up the pace of the EP, it’s a drum driven tune that gives Sean Tighe a chance to prove himself. The song hurtles along to a series of ‘Whoah’s, stopping for no-one.

When It Comes is a fairly soft track, with a huge electronic influence. This is another song that showcases Raven’s ability, letting him show us another side of his talent. The track culminates into a looping circuit which could prove to create an interesting version when played live, one can only imagine an audience singing the different parts…

Overall Summer Is A Curse provides a great base for The Faim to build upon. There’s a variety of styles here yet they all unmistakeably are The Faim, their signature sound is diverse. Some tracks have a bit more of a wow factor but there are by no means any filler tracks.

8/10