Triggerlip, Pot Plant House Party & The Faim @ Vision Studios in Perth, Western Australia
Review & photography by Sethen Sheehan-Lee
While the evening was gloomy, inside Vision Studios fans were beaming in anticipation for The Faim’s performance. The band (who hails from Perth) have an intense touring schedule meaning they don’t perform in their hometown all that often. As friends and family gathered inside the main theatre, the sense of excitement was felt in the air. It was clear the bad weather outside wasn’t going to dampen the mood of the ecstatic patrons.
First on the line-up was local up and comers, Triggerlip. While this band has only been together for 18 months, their performance matched that of a group with much greater experience. Nothing is particularly revolutionary about this band, but they put on a good show with their incredibly catchy songs. A highlight of their set was when they performed the heartfelt track, ‘Ashes’ which was written about the front man’s cousin, who took their own life. As this band becomes more experienced with their live shows, they’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the local music scene.
Pot Plant House Party certainly brought a different vibe to the stage compared to the other two groups that performed this evening. The band had much more of a grunge/garage rock sound compared to the more Pop-Punk style that Triggerlip and The Faim presented. I had previously heard that this band delivery pretty rowdy live performances and they certainly delivered. Before the group finished their set, they encouraged the audience to buy merch from their table as they were looking to fund the release of another single.
The audience size had increased significantly in the minutes before The Faim took to stage. This crowd turned into a choir when the group finally started their set. While frontman, Josh Raven is renowned for getting his audience hyped, this crowd didn’t need much encouragement. During an early break between songs, Josh even commented on how the crowd members were even more excited than him.
During their set, The Faim performed a mix of released and unreleased tracks. Both were responded to by great approval with a majority of fans knowing the words to all the unreleased songs. My personal favorite out of this list was Infamous, which was incredibly catchy. Leading me to be singing along by the second chorus. Some fans even chose to start a Conga Line during certain songs.
While frontman Josh Raven is a stand out performer in the group, every member still brought an infectious energy to the production. Aside from engaging with the fans, the band members often engaged with each other throughout the show. This comradery between the group added to the entertainment of the evening.
The group’s set was much shorter than I was expecting, they even chose to by-pass the tradition of doing an encore, which left me as an audience member wanting more. Their overall performance at this particular show makes me think that The Faim is undoubtedly going to headline much larger shows in the future. I would recommend trying and catch this band live while their still playing intimate rooms on their current the State of Mind World Tour.