If you aren’t already in love with The Faim, get ready for a treat, honeybees! They’re gearing up to release their sophomore album, Talk Talk, and we can assure you that it’s nothing short of mind-blowing. From the energetic guitar riffs to the clever lyrics, this record is something really special! Back in November, we called it that The Faim would make 2022 their year, and it looks like we were right.
Now, get ready for another treat, because we got to talk to lead singer Josh Raven all about Talk Talk, the band’s creative influences, and even more! Keep reading to dive into their world and see why The Faim is destined for big-time fame. Oh, and of course, make sure you preorder/presave the album right here ahead of its release on July 8th!
Congrats on your new album! How does it feel to finally share Talk Talk with the world?
Thank you so much! The feeling of being able to release another body of music is truly irreparable. It’s been two and a half years in the making but we feel beyond proud at the finished result. After such a long time away, we feel like we’ve grown so much as a band and as individuals. Being able to take more ownership of our songwriting, production and overall vision for this album was a challenging but incredibly rewarding process. At this point, I’m excited to get started on the 3rd record and continue to unravel what else is bubbling under the surface.
Which song on Talk Talk are you most excited for fans to hear, and why?
In all honesty, it’s hard to pick one. Some songs represent deeper emotion and others incredibly raw experiences. I feel that a song that is most reflective of that honesty and the depth of sound we’re chasing is ‘Flowers.’ It’s a sad longing song that represents a chapter of my life that I’m very much coming to terms with now and seeing the reaction from people hearing it live has been heartwarming. For me, this isn’t just a song, but a chapter of life to be shared with the world.
One of our favorite lines on the album is “I’m losing sleep trying to wake up” on ‘madly, badly, fixed.’ Is there a certain lyric on the project that you’re particularly proud of?
The lyrics of this project span from a wide range of emotions and experiences, same straight down the line and others with deeper layers. It’s difficult to pinpoint one but a favorite is “living by the words to never mind.” It resonates with me because it’s literally about being wrapped up in a negative head space and falling into darker ways to run from my own feelings, yet also acknowledging the fact I was listening to a hell of a lot Nirvana in this period. Lines like that tend to put me inside a place and time that bring up a lot of emotion.
You worked with some pretty incredible producers on this album, like Erik Ron, Matthew Pauling, and Zakk Cervini. Together, their credits include some of our favorite artists, like Machine Gun Kelly, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Set It Off! Do you have any cool stories about working with them?
A lot of our album was done over Zoom calls and WhatsApp messages but we were fortunate enough to work with Matt Pauling for 6 songs on the record. One of many great things about working with Matt was his willingness to experiment and use organic sounds to help shape the record. We wanted the songs to feel organic and the production to have a modern edge but still feel like it was in conjunction with real instruments/synths.
Something that really stuck out to us while we were listening to Talk Talk was the slick basslines and guitar riffs on songs like ‘You (and my Addiction)’ and ‘Me Because Of You.’ Do you feel like you have a signature element to your music that makes it stand out for listeners?
I think our signature element is our fluidity amongst genre. We never really stick to one specific sound amongst a body of work. Sometimes it’s rock, sometimes it’s pop, sometimes it’s alt, who knows maybe the next one will be jazz fusion. We all draw inspiration from so many different variations of music, poetry, films, books, etc. The songs always become a melting pot of creativity from art we’re enjoying at the time.
Which song on Talk Talk took the longest to make? What about the shortest?
‘The Hills’ took a long time for us to get right. The song itself was short to write but when it came to the mixing process it was a while before we felt we had it to a place we felt great about. There was a mixture of changes to structure, mix notes, and production elements. The shortest was probably ‘ERA.’ It being the last song to be written for the record and being written on the absolute final day of writing. We had to really push ourselves to get it over the finish line since we had pretty much decided on the album but made a last-minute choice to have one more writing day.
From really cool synth moments to stadium-ready guitar chords, there are so many amazing things going on in Talk Talk. Who were some of your influences for this record?
Our influences span over a wide range. All 4 of us have very different influences but that’s what makes the creative process so unique. Personally, I love a lot of everything but tend to gravitate towards rock, blues, and funk. Things like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cab Calloway, Frank Sinatra, and Aerosmith. Sam is very into bands like The 1975, LCD Sound System, and The Wombats. Linden listens to a lot of 90’s alt-rock and grunge, Smashing Pumpkins, The Pixies, Nirvana. Some of Steve’s influences range from Coldplay, Muse, and Nothing But Thieves. All of these influences tend to find their place into the record in subtle ways.
We already know Talk Talk is gonna totally go off live, and we can’t wait to see how these tracks come to life on stage! Which song are you most excited to perform?
The songs that have been absolutely incredible to play are ‘Flowers,’ ‘The Hills,’ and ‘Madly Badly Fixed.’ It’s great because now we have a lot of diversity amongst the set so we can slow things down with songs like ‘The Alchemist’ to really create an intimate moment with the crowd.
For anyone who isn’t familiar with your music already, which of your songs would you recommend to them to get a feel for who you are as a band?
The songs I would recommend would be ‘The Hills,’ ‘Flowers,’ ‘The Alchemist,’ and ‘Saints of the Sinners.’ I feel like this covers a lot of ground in what we like to experiment with sonically and conceptually as a band.
How do you feel you’ve grown as artists since releasing State of Mind in 2019?
We haven’t just grown as artists, but as people as well. After 2019 and the beginning of the pandemic, we were faced with obstacles that we didn’t think were possible just like many others around the world. In being faced with these obstacles it’s pushed us to take more ownership with our sound, progression, and creativity as songwriters. Talk Talk is one of many steps for The Faim in discovering who we are as artists and how we work together creatively.
At THP, we’re all about discovering new talent and finding the next big hit before it blows up. Who are some up-and-coming artists you’re digging lately?
An incredibly talented artist I’ve been enjoying recently is Hauskey, a fellow Aussie songwriter who is an incredibly talented musician and clever songwriter. A lot of his songs have this jazz-pop R&B feel, and the way he conceptualizes his songs lyrically I find is always unique and genuine. One could be a love song, the other could be a heart-wrenching peek behind into his struggles. I truly respect him as an artist and think he’s well worth checking out.
Is there anything else you’d like to mention that the questions didn’t touch on?
I would like to mention that this is the beginning of many important steps for us creatively at The Faim. The past two and a half years have been such a self-discovery process. We have so much to unravel, so much to share and we’ve barely scratched the surface. Songs are going to become more honest and raw than ever before. With Talk Talk being the beginning of something new, there will be more right afterward. I’m beyond excited to share these vulnerabilities, lessons, stories, and experiences with you. Keep your eyes and ears open.
We’ll definitely be keeping our eyes and ears open! Thank you so much to Josh for answering our questions and to The Faim as a whole for making such incredible music. Make sure you presave and preorder Talk Talk right here, then listen to it on repeat once it comes out on July 8th! If you want even more exclusive interviews, click here.