The Faim, Hot Milk, Cemetery Sun – SWG3, Glasgow 9th of December 2019

Jessica Robinson

This was The Faim’s third time of the year being in Scotland and it was certainly a great choice of support acts to open for them. Waiting outside the venue there wasn’t much of a queue to get in which was interesting especially considering the other gigs they had played earlier on in the year in both King Tuts and Sneaky Pete’s. It was still sure to be a good night though despite whatever crowd showed up or didn’t.

Cemetery Sun

The first band on for the night was American band Cemetery Sun, they had catchy upbeat songs that were easy to enjoy and quick to pick up on with many people singing along by the last choruses of various songs by the band.  Their songs had catchy singalong sections that allowed for good crowd interaction despite the crowd at the time being incredibly small, something which I felt was disappointing as it felt as though the band deserved more than they got that night.  

The way the band moved onstage was really enjoyable to watch with singer Josh Doty making the most effort to control what little crowd there was as well as getting really into the songs and putting on a good performance.  Their songs made great use of harmonies with the guitarist/backing vocalist Matt Scarpelli complimenting Josh’s vocals incredibly well with the blend of vocals being so delicate yet keeping the intensity of the songs being played.  Before going into one song the drummer of the band walked up to Matt and kicked his ass before running back behind the kit immediately causing the band members to laugh.

Singer Josh had incredible crowd control and managed to get people clapping along as well as getting down to jump when the chorus hit in one of their songs which was quite early in the set. Josh announced the release of their recent album Haunted before going into the song ‘Haunted’.  They also had an anthem of a song called ‘Piece of Sh*t’ which had many people bopping their heads and singing along to the melody of the song after being shown it by the frontman. Overall the bands incredibly catchy songs and emotional intensity that drags the listener in, made for a really good set and it’s definitely worth checking out the band if you like other bands such as: Thirty Seconds to Mars or Twenty One Pilots, although there’s also bound to be almost something for everyone to enjoy of theirs.

Hot Milk

Unfortunately for Hot Milk they had incredibly difficult guitar issues, it was unclear of what was wrong but the members managed to deal with the issue very quickly with singer/guitarist Jim Shaw pretending to play the guitar as he ran about the stage singing the songs.  It was an interesting dynamic between the two singers, the other being guitarist/singer Hannah, listening to them sing the songs swapping between the two vocalists was an enjoyable listen, although at some points the levels seemed quite difficult to hear.  They played their new release ‘Candy Coated Lie$’ which was enjoyable for many within the crowd as they bopped along to the alternative and borderline pop sounding tune.  Many of the band’s songs had people waving their hands up and down to the beat as the band controlled the audience as they could, between playing guitar and trying to sort out issues with one of the guitars on the stage.  Their set seemed to have gone as best as it could have gone with the issues that they had faced with the guitars, although it was still enjoyed by many.

The Faim

Once again, The Faim put on yet another set filled with high energy and lots of movement, as the audience screamed along to every song they played. The first members to come to the stage were bassist/keyboardist/backing vocalist Stephen Beerkens and drummer Linden Marissen.  Stephen ran about the stage playing his bass guitar before he was joined onstage by guitarist Samuel Tye then eventually singer Josh Raven.  The first song of the set was ‘Tongue Tied’ which had an exceptional reception from the crowd with various people screaming along.  

Unfortunately, the audience didn’t fill out too much despite the main act now being on, although the room did pack a few more people.  The second song of the night ‘Amelie’ brought an even larger hype to the crowd with people screaming along to the upbeat song, with various sections within it where people were jumping and screaming to the singalong parts of the song.

As the setlist progressed so did people’s emotions and during ‘Make Believe’ yet again, there was various audience members crying to the emotionally touching song.  All of the band members were on top of their game both with their presence on the stage as well as their performance, constantly being both interesting to listen to as well as watch – as at times you couldn’t be too sure with how they were going to move or interact with one another.  During multiple points in the set Josh and Stephen would go up to each other and interact while Stephen passionately plays his bass guitar Josh would stomp about in Stephen’s direction to the music.  At one particular point in the set Josh had introduced a song and it meant that Sam would be playing the opening riff to the song however, he made a mistake playing the riff which caused Josh and the rest of the room to laugh slightly at the little mistake which was made.  Josh had said to do it again, so Sam did however he made the exact same mistake, with a third attempt however all was well.

There was so much interaction with the crowd both during songs and in between songs, with Josh getting the crowd to clap, sing along or even get down to start jumping. The room was buzzing with everyone that was in it and it didn’t seem like the vibe was going to be killed off anytime soon, especially with them playing songs such as ‘Saints of the Sinners’ and ‘My Heart Needs to Breathe’.  Both of those songs got the room absolutely going with everyone at the front of the audience jumping along and waving their hands when conducted to by the frontman. Briefly during ‘Saints of the Sinners’ there was a surprise appearance from Hannah from Hot Milk as she roller skates across the stage and back which was a very interesting movement to witness.  The Faim also did a beautiful version of their song ‘Words Apart’ as in the beginning it was stripped back just to be piano and vocals before towards the end of the song it kicks in to include the full band, with Stephen swapping quickly from piano to playing bass, which created a strong dynamic impact, as it had just been the audience quiet listening to the beauty of the song.

With every song that went by there was the feeling of wanting more and you knew at one point the night had to come to a close but thankfully, by this section, it was only midway through the bands set. They went on to play songs such as ‘Midland Line’ which was well received as well as songs such as ‘Fire’ and ‘When it Comes’ which both had the audience singing and dancing along which made the room feel a lot more compassionate. One of the bands final songs was ‘Summer is a Curse’ which had the audience involved even more, even when you thought it was almost unlikely that there could be any more to give from the crowd. The audience was completely feeding off the bands energy and it was the same in return from the band which was more than evident. The Faim ended their set on the title track of their recent album release ‘State of Mind’ which was a good build of emotion to end the night on.

The night despite the lack of audience for the most part, was very enjoyable with a lot of crowd interaction for all bands. The energy throughout the night was at a constant high and many people were constantly on the move, either dancing, bopping slightly or head banging along to the songs that they felt deserved a bit of a thrash. A few of the songs by all the bands got a decent reaction from the audience which had them jumping repeatedly during various sections. Overall the show seemed to be enjoyed by many with people walking away happy from the stage before going off to meet the opening acts after The Faim finished.

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