Following the sort of set that blows the ceiling off any and all expectations, we caught The Faim frontman Josh Raven backstage at Reading to get the inside scoop ahead of the release of their debut album 'State Of Mind'.
Hey Josh. It feels like it's been a quiet year for the band. What's been happening?
From an outside perspective, it probably feels that way, but behind the scenes, we've been working every single day, man. We really, really grind. We try and give as much as possible. For us, this is an opportunity to be the best we can be. We want to seize every sort of opportunity with both hands.
We find ourselves growing becoming the best versions of ourselves. This year has been a huge journey, and the last three years have been an even bigger journey. This album is a reflection of all of that. It's really exciting to have it almost out there.
What can you tell us about the debut?
It's an album that's been in the making for a while. It's an acknowledgement of the past and a real perfect acknowledgement to the future for what we want to do with The Faim sonically and conceptually. We've been growing, and we've been learning a lot. We want to put that into our music.
When was it finished?
We didn't finish it until after our tour with Andy Black in April. It was meant to be finished, and we were meant to be on holiday, but of course, that's what happened - no rest for the wicked. So we kept grinding and kept working, and we wouldn't have it any other way. We're very lucky, and it's very humbling to be able to have such an incredible opportunity.
What's the story behind the title?
Music allows me to tap into a stream of consciousness and a world of thinking that I wouldn't be able to do normally. It puts me in this state of perpetual expression. It lets me get out some of the things I hold back subconsciously or even consciously. Music tends to break down all those barriers. It's got this beautiful energy. I feel like each song is a representation of the states of mind that I feel through my personal experiences, through our journey as a band and through all the things we've been through together as friends. 'State Of Mind' was the perfect way to represent the album as a whole. Individually each song as has got its own identity, but the title definitely reflects a certain part of ourselves that we put out.
Did you worry about trying to tie all those different songs together as one thing?
We thought it would be difficult at first, just because of how different a lot of the songs are. But there was a realisation that yeah, these songs can to be quite different but what ties them all together is an emotion but also the sheer expression and intensity of it. We're very, very happy with the result. That's the main thing we wanted, really. We couldn't be more proud to release something very personal. I feel vulnerable releasing it out to the world, but in its own way, that's therapy, and it's very exciting to do.
Yeah, it's out real soon. After three years of work, how are you feeling about showing off all these sides of yourself?
Honestly it's a little… nerve-wracking is the wrong word, but it does feel like taking the armour off. Releasing the EP was one thing, but this album, there's a lot of songs. I'm a very honest person in the way I put myself out there musically, but I'm also quite private in a lot of ways. When it comes to writing songs, it's important to take away all those obstacles and boundaries. With this album, you'll get to see a lot of the different personalities, different events and experiences that make up the strange person that I am."
What do you want people to take away from the record?
I want people to get their own unique perspective. I don't want everyone to have the same thought. I want people to be able to go back and find their own perspective and their own message. That's important because music for me, it was never really a definite thing. I wouldn't even consider myself a musician. I'm like an impulsive, emotional wildcard who happens to write music. Don't get me wrong, I love music, but for me, music is more of an expression than it is something that you can sit down and really calculate.
Taken from the October issue of Upset. The Faim's debut album 'State of Mind' is out now.
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