Aussie four-piece rock band The Faim has just announced their sophomore album Talk Talk out July 8 via BMG. The album follows the band’s 2019 debut State Of Mind.
Today, the band offers another glimpse at their forthcoming record with the stunning track “The Alchemist,” produced by Grammy-Nominated Producer/Songwriter Matthew Pauling (Palaye Royale, 5 Seconds of Summer, State Champs).
The track follows the previously released (to fan acclaim) “ERA,” the adrenaline-charged “The Hills,” and the driving pop-rock anthem “Ease My Mind.”
“‘The Alchemist’ is about that one person who unexpectedly enters your life and changes everything for the better,” says bassist and keyboardist Stephen Beerkens. “They are the one who picks you up when you’re down, and sees the good in you, even when you don’t see it in yourself.”
Check out the track listing and all previously released tracks for the record below.
Hello everyone, and welcome to a brand new monthly post here on Almost Anything Media. I’ve wanted to make a new post for a while. A monthly post that’s inclusive of the local area of York as well as its outlying and other areas of the country and showcases the talent I know there is around here. One way was to write a post about the latest singles you need to listen to, but I thought I might need to reach out to more people before that does happen. In truth, there’s nothing I enjoy more than getting right out there to meet some new people and to listen to some great music and discover bands along the way, so without further ado, I welcome the monthly post of the Mondo Monthly Gigs. This is all the recommended gigs I’m looking forward to in a particular month. Now, of course, there will be one’s I won’t always have the chance to get to but they’ll always be a few local to me around the Yorkshire and outlying areas.
Similar to the weekly Music Video countdown list, this list will compromise of ten gigs I’m sure will be a fun treat for all those involved so let’s dive straight into a local show that’s happening within the Yorkshire area.
1.Foxhaunt. The Crescent, York, 09/08/19
Support: inFade, Avenoir, Pray For Hayden
It’s a showcase of some of the best talents within York for the Alternative scene as the celebration for Foxhaunt’s latest single is being released down at one of the best venues in The Crescent. Armed with inFade, Avenoir and Pray For Hayden as their supports the Alternative outfit are sure to put on a unique night for fans of the genre.
Tickets for the gig at The Crescent on the 9th August are on sale now for £6 in advance.
2. This House Is Haunted. The Crescent, York. 16/08/19
Support: Amongst Thieves.
This House Is Haunted are a three-piece from York. Zak, Dom and Jenn blend influences from post-hardcore and metal with influences from Alexisonfire and Deftones alongside narratively styled instrumental bands such as Mew, Mogwai and Explosions In The Sky.
This House Is Haunted have the sensibilities of melodic, hooky vocals and guitar lines, with post-rock bass and drums. Often This House go in tangential directions to reveal rich sonic landscapes to crushingly heavy riffs.
With Amongst Thieves as their main support for the evening, everything is set to go off as one of the best nights for the local scene in recent memory.
Support: WRTHLESS, Pray For Hayden, Without Andrew.
Embarking on their first steps in their new lineup, Better Days are set to kick off a new era for the band as they embark on a mini-tour of the UK.
The band have been described as a fresh new take on pop-punk which combines all the elements of the early 2000’s era and the upcoming new breed, all eyes will be on them as they look forward to the future with brand new music in mind.
4. Stand Atlantic. The Deaf Institute, Manchester. 28/08/19 (SOLD OUT)
Support: Royls, Superlove
The Aussie up and comers absolutely ripped through their debut UK headlining tour with their fresh and energetic ‘Skinny Dipping’ just a short insight to what goes into their shows. With a few dates set around their Reading and Leeds festival appearances, the band are set to storm across some larger stages than when they came across earlier in 2019.
Adding to this, with their now full-time bassist Miki, the Australian Pop-Pinks will come forth with a clear vision so fans will get a glimpse of just what to expect the second time around.
I was at their last UK tour for the Leeds date, their output was a little sub-par but from what I’ve heard since then, there’s going to be absolutely no stopping this band coming forward in the future.
5. Frank Iero, Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers. Manchester Academy 2, 28/08/19
Support: Moving Galore
I think the only way to truly describe this lineup is Punktastic! That’s the only true adjective that does come to mind as two of the heads of the scene come together for a joint UK tour.
With festival season up and running, it seemed cruel not to mention two of the best bands, Frank Iero and the Future Violents and Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers as they’re on a mission to reclaim Manchester for their true punk heritage. Both projects have new music out and fans to devour them at the ready so everyone better be primed just for what’s going to go down on the tour.
I think when independent bands come down to the Key Club, it just goes off and is a little more special. I say this because when I went to see Sumo Cyco and Blood Youth, the atmosphere just transforms and elevates the show to new heights. With the metalcore troupe in Black Tongue coming across to Leeds and their EU shows in full swing, things are just going to be sweaty and rough if things are to be believed.
Another Aussie group straight onto this list, the up and coming rockers are embarking on a lengthy UK stint in celebration of their upcoming release, ‘State Of Mind’ and it’s interesting to see what will occur on these shows coming up as you have the varying bands supporting them on their UK tour. For example with Woes, they’ve modified themselves into an experimental rock outfit but that makes them all the more enjoyable to watch and with The Faim, their transference to more Poppier sounds but with all the meaning int their lyrics shows just how much they’ll be rooted into their ways. Obviously, it’s a departure from the ‘Summer Is A Curse’ EP, but with their rhythmic sections on current singles, it shows that the crowd is going to love them all the same.
Tickets cost £13.20.
Other Tour Dates:
27th – Dublin Academy 2
28th – Belfast Oh Yeah
29th – Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s
30th – Liverpool Arts Club
31st – Sheffield Corporation
1st – Norwich Epic Studios
8. Skunk Anaise. O2 Academy Leeds. 30/08/19
Support: Queen Zee
Skunk Anaise are a once in a generation band but unlike some older and well-respected bands, they’re one of the most consistent groups who are still in the scene and that’s just the only reason people still enjoy them. But it’s more than that here, as they’re continuing the experience and going further with their latest headline tour as they visit more cities following the release of their 25th anniversary live album, 25LIVE@25. As they’re hailed as one of the most exciting and greatest live acts across the globe, these shows will see the band hit a huge milestone in their career, so don’t miss out.
For fans of Local Natives and The Japanese House, the new outfit Talk More are heading over to The Fulford Arms in York for the release of their two brand new singles, ‘Planned Fights’ and ‘Heart Again’. With the three-piece band all collectively being involved in the scene for a while, this will be a true test to see what the band are capable of.
It’s 4PM on a Friday! This means it’s time for the music video roundup. If you’re new to either the blog or these music video roundup posts, this is how it works. Every week, I watch some of the best recently released music videos and compile them into a list for everyone’s viewing pleasure. They’re span across all the different genres, so expect something different for most of the tracks. Up first are the Alternative rock trio Winchester who’ve just released a video for their fourth single off ‘Life Begins At These Dead Ends’. This track is for ‘Line Up’ which you can watch below.
Vocalist Adam Catalan has shared some thoughts on the message of the track.
“‘Line Up’ is the spiritual predecessor to our previous single, ‘Diamond’, and seems to come at an apt point in our timeline. We explore how similar the archetypes of the freedom fighter and the terrorist are and how dangerous revolution is when it comes back around. Time and time again we talk about THEM and US, instead of coming together in a loving way towards peace and understanding the reasons we feel the need to act out in violence.”
Up next are the furiously entertaining Dance Gavin Dance whom after their last animated adventure venture into the Wild West-themed video for the video in ‘Head Hunter’.
Going for some legends for the next pick of the video are Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. This fits in with their recent #abetterplaceforyouandme initiative with CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) and the band have released a second teaser for their upcoming record, ‘End Of Suffering’ which also looks to feature some footage from their latest UK tour.
On the track, Frank Carter has said:
“Whatever life is throwing at you right now, it will pass. Choose to let it hit you, or duck and watch it fly past much faster and off into your history, of which there have been many obstacles thrown your way and you have overcome them all.”
Who doesn’t love a good trip to the seaside eh? That’s exactly what Croydon Pop-Rockers Best Of Enemies have done as they travelled to Brighton in the video for their latest single, ‘Shake The Feeling’ which is the second off their upcoming EP, ‘A Fear That Comes Around’.
Returning to the Punkier vibe for the next choice of track, we have The Story So Far. The video takes everyone behind the scenes at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena where it features a Behind The Scenes look at the InSight lander touching down on Mars.
Moving back to British waters for this next pick, it’s Bournemouth. the emo rock newcomers Erica Drive are getting out there and going beyond their own scope of things, with their upcoming second EP as well as bringing their latest video in complete Monochrome for ‘Better Man’.
And I think we’d best keep up this monochrome for at least one video. Ahead of a US tour with the amazing Slow Crush, the post-metal band Holy Fawn have released a new video for the amazing track ‘Dark Stone’, taken off their debut full length record ‘Death Spells’ which was released via Triple Crown Records and Holy Roar Records.
Now, if you’ve been keeping an eye on the up and coming Knocked Loose, then you’ve certainly been patient people but, now the lads have released a huge new track, ‘Mistakes Like Fractures’ which is their first taste of new music since they released their 2016 record ‘Laugh Tracks’.
And going for a change in tone for the last two tracks, the first comes from the Aussie up and comers The Faim who’ve recently released their brand new track, ‘Amelie’, their second since the release of their debut EP in 2017. On the track, frontman Josh Raven has stated: “The concept behind ‘Amelie’ draws on the idea that everyone is born the same, but we become the people we are due to the influence of our surroundings. These influences can affect us both positively and negatively, but only we control the way we react to them.”
And lastly, we have Altered Sky. This is the first taste of new music since the release of their record ‘Without Wonderland’ in 2015! But the wait is finally over as we go into a new era of the Scottish Rockers, with the band gearing UK for a run of UK dates later this month. And if ‘Surrounded’ is anything to go by, things are going to get even better for Altered Sky’s future.
And that’s it for another week of music video roundup. Don’t forget to check back next week at 4PM sharp for another countdown of ten of the best recent music videos to feast your eyes upon. There’s also new posts every day on the Almost anything Media so be sure to check out anything that might catch your eye.
Is it Friday already? That can only mean it’s 4PM and it’s time for one thing. It’s time for the music video roundup. If you’re new to either the blog or the roundup posts, this is how it works. Every week, I view some of the best recently released music videos and compile them into a list for everyone’s viewing pleasure. They’re videos that go across all the different genres, so expect something different for most of the tracks. Let’s get things going with the Hardcore Yorkshire band Blood Youth where ‘Spineless’ is about not being able to change your fucked up state of mind,” according to frontman Kaya Tarsus. Check it out below.
Lock & Key have returned to the spotlight after some teasing online last week and ‘Changes’ sees their first glimpse of new music since the band parted ways in 2016.
In the last week, The Faim haven’t seen any signs of slowing down. They’ve been on a huge UK tour, their first headlining UK tour to be exact as part of their world tour and now, they have a new Video to their Huge track, ‘Fire’. The concept behind the video, according to vocalist Josh Raven is about how dedicating yourself to achieve your dream can affect your relationships with those closest to you.
Moving to the Ska Punk and Punk favourites Zebrahead have gotten themselves involved with Aliens in their latest video for the track ‘We’re Not Alright’. The video sees a cloaked alien abduct and steal the brain of a human in the forest. And of course, there’s a pug.
Skunk Anansie have been around for the last 25 years. And to mark such an accomplishment, you have to look into the history of a band. As such, that’s exactly what this band has done perfectly for ‘Hedonism’ 25Live@5.
We’ve been waiting for Ocean Grove to reveal themselves for a while, and now we have some changes in the camp. Former Bassist Dale Tanner has taken over vocal duties from Luke Holmes, who left the group last month and Twiggy Hunter has stepped in on Bass.
Now, their new track, ‘Ask For The Anthem’ shows us what to expect in the future.
Pretty Vicious are making a strong start to make themselves known in the world. The Welsh group recently signed to Big Machine and they’re their debut record with Dan Austin on producing duties. At the moment, they’re showing just what they’re capable of in the form of their new video for “These Four Walls”.
For the next selection, I’ll venture into the world of alt-pop for Billie Eilish. The 17-year-old is making waves in the music world and will be releasing her debut record soon. She dropped her lead single recently, titled as “Bury a Friend” which has racked up over 30 million views on Youtube to date. I’m intrigued to hear the full record but for now, check out the video for ‘Bury a Friend’ below.
With Tennessee Emo / Pop Punks Free Throw just wrapping up a tour of the UK, everyone’s been wondering what’s next for the group. The answer, of course, would be their next record, titled as ‘What’s Past Is Prologue’, set to drop on March 29th via Triple Crown. For the first look at what’s to come through, is the video for ‘The Corner’s Dilemma’ which you can view below.
And we’ve come to the last track of this week’s Music Video countdown. I’ve reserved this sometimes for a personal favourite or one track I’ve been waiting to see for a while. Either way, you know my last choice is going to be a good one. Set It Off recently released their fourth studio record, titled as ‘Midnight’ but they did something unorthodox for their newest music video, namely, let the fans vote which they were going to make. And with that, the last video has been chosen by the fans for their new single, it’s ‘Dancing With The Devil, which sees the band confined in quarantine. That’s all I’m revealing for it. You have to watch it, to see how good it is.
And that’s it for another week of music video roundups. Be sure to check back next week for another ten of the best right here at Almost Anything Media.
Great news for all you Faim fans! The Aussie newcomers have upgraded their London venue!
The band were originally going to play the Underworld and now will play The Garage to another 100 fans wanting to hear the lads play on February 7th.
LONDON – We’ve upgraded venues to allow an extra 100 people to come to our 1st ever headline show in your fine city. These tickets will move quick so please tag any friends who missed out the first time. All Underworld tickets remain valid 💛 https://t.co/yPyEQ9hbRIpic.twitter.com/QfAbL7IoTC
The Faim were originally two members down following the departures of Sean Tighe and Michael Bono last year but that didn’t keep them down at all. In the wake of losing these two band members, they recruited Samuel Tye and Linden Marrisen.
In a welcome announcement to the fans, the band have posted the following:
With such a big year ahead, our first headline tour, first album, and many more announcements 😉 we felt it was the perfect time to formally welcome our two incredible friends Samuel Tye and Linden Marrisen into The Faim. Here’s to an amazing 2019! x 💛 | 📸 @Mac_Praedpic.twitter.com/GHgZS4N6yo