Single Review: The Faim – Amelie


The Faim are back and this time they’ve got an artistic monochrome live video for your viewing pleasure. Extreme close-ups and slow-mo mirror the pace of the chanting choral introduction and vocally led first verse. Still, clues to the imminent emo onslaught are there; see the black painted nails reaching out from the crowd, and Stephen Beerkens stalking the stage brandishing his bass like a hunter ready to strike.

When the chorus kicks in, strobe lights and beats get a brief look in but the chanting fights back for aural dominance. The second verse has picked up the pace, though. Faster editing also conveys the sense of movement in the lyrics: “Salvation’s hard to find/
When you’re running, running, running.”

The Faim’s epic emo singalong nature is soon revealed, like a blend of Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance. Being punk derived, under two minutes in and it’s already time for the middle eight. There’s a Brady Bunch style split screen for the inevitable introspective bit.


The smiles on the fan’s face are infectious as singer Josh Raven climbs over the barrier to experience the exuberance of the final chorus out there with them. It takes two mics to handle the venom spit coda. It’s so fast and furious that it can take a few listens to get the teen suicide implications: “Face to the sky and she’s finding herself/Screaming ‘Is there any way out?/All the aching and shaking/From all the pills that she’s taken/While Amelie puts a gun in her mouth.”

That shock twist comes with a hard stop. It’s punctuated with The Faim’s striking ‘TF’ logo that’s sure to become familiar to any modern day emo fan.

The Faim’s debut album is in the works (stay tuned for more details as soon as we get them!). They’ve also got a packed spring of touring throughout the U.S. to keep them busy. If that’s not close enough, don’t worry. They will also be playing Leeds and Reading Festivals this year!

The Faim Tour Dates Supporting Andy Black:

4/7/19 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades

4/9/19 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

4/10/19 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre

4/12/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl

4/13/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre

4/14/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Nile Theatre

4/16/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot

4/17/19 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre

4/19/19 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill

4/20/19 – San Antonio, TX @ The Rock Box

4/22/19 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

4/23/19 – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live

4/25/19 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts

4/26/19 – Greensboro, NC @ The Blind Tiger

4/29/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre

4/30/19 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage

5/1/19 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre

5/3/19 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

5/4/19 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes

5/6/19 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Elevation

5/7/19 – Chicago, IL @ Metro

5/8/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater

5/10/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Phantasy Nightclub

5/11/19 – Detroit, MI @ The Majestic

5/13/19 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House

5/15/19 – Montreal, QC @ L’Astral

5/16/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts

5/17/19 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation 27

8/23/19 – Leeds, U.K. @ Leeds Festival (BBC Radio 1 Stage)

8/25/19 – Reading, U.K. @ Reading Festival (BBC Radio 1 Stage)

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