Summer Is A Curse - EP
Photo Credit: MAX FAIRCLOUGH
Thursday, September 6th 2018
BY: FRIDAE MATTAS
No crashing waves to accompany my soundtrack this time...However, I am enjoying the sounds of traffic and sirens outside my hotel on Saint-Catherine St. in Montreal, reminds me of home.
The Band being reviewed is Australian exports "The Faim" who are releasing their debut EP "Summer Is A Curse" Friday, September, 7th! When their label publicist sent me the link, I was a little skeptical before hitting play... I always make it just in time with record reviews, film reviews though are different...Sometimes I just won't write them. My Mother always told me: "If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all", along with the famous "Don't talk while you're eating" and the unforgettable "Tables are for glasses, not for asses". Even back then I was very positive she learned those from her white friends, because my Greek immigrant mother definitely didn't come up with those clever quips herself.
Alrighty mates enough about me mums, lets talk about these Aussies! First I have to say Australian men are my favorite, almost all of those I have met, were like Thor's cousins... More of you are welcome to visit Canada anytime. Okay, okay, let's get to the music before I create a harlequin romance novel about hot blonde men with nice butts like Ryan Phillipee's, running on the beach to save this damsel from a strong wave or being attacked by a shark...Ha Ha I am a writer who can write about anything (FYI: I have not seen a more squeezable butt in person than Ryan P's). All big butts aside for real, the first track on the EP is the self titled tune "Summer Is A Curse". When I played it, I swear I heard it before, maybe in Europe somewhere? Who knows, the travels have been a blur but they have not ended! The tune itself reminded me of a "Coldplay" type song, my ears cannot stand Coldplay. Thankfully, "The Faim" vocals Josh Raven turned out to have a better tone, and my ears took an instant liking to the sound. Maybe, it's the chorus melody reminding me of Coldplay? Regardless, "Summer Is A Curse" is a catchy song and everyone who has yet to hear it, will like it.
The Faim has worked with some heavy hitters on their music, and this record is no different. It was recorded by legendary producer by John Feldmann (blink-182, All Time Low, Good Charlotte). This water testing EP, is just a taste of what the band is about to unleash in 2019 on their full length album. For these ears, the most notable tunes on this record other than the title track are the anthem-like "Make Believe"; loved the cadence in the delivery of the vocals and the music fit the lyrics like a glove. The other song I have on repeat is the upbeat catchy "My Heart Needs To Breathe" seamless, the productions mastering was done very well, everything is equalized and sounds so crisp on any medium I play the music with. The band is: Josh Raven - Lead Vocals, Michael Bono - Lead Guitar/ Bass/ Vocals, Stephen Beerkens - Bass/Keyboard, Sean Tighe - Drums and Percussion.
Honourable mention is the current single, ballad style "A Million Stars" which has a little island vibe during the last verse/bridge. It was very hard to find anything wrong with this record, the music has a variety of styles and not just one redundant sound. If I was going to chose the next single it would be "Make Believe". That song resonated with my soul the most and will relate to millions more with their own perception of the track. Nothing but bright lights in this bands future, can't wait to see them rock out live! Track listing is below and you can add them to Spotify and all the socials you can find on their website and I'm sure Apple will have a link to buy their record HERE after midnight!
01 - Summer Is a Curse
02 - A Million Stars
03 - Make Believe
04 - I Can Feel You
05 - My Heart Needs to Breathe
06 - When It Comes