The Faim’s Stephen Beerkens loves to tour. There’s the fans, the jetlag, the vibe of the Arizona music scene. And then there’s the coffee.
“You have some good coffee there,” says Beerkens, the bassist/keyboardist.
“Myself and the guitarist love coffee. Where ever we go, we get our bean hunter hats out and look for it. It’s a good little adventure. We go for walk and suss out all the cities.”
But really it comes down to the music. The band from Perth, Australia, opens for Andy Black of Black Veil Brides on Sunday, April 14, at The Nile Theater in Mesa, and is prepared to serve a “proper energetic rock performance.”
“We like to have fun,” Beerkens says. “What you see on stage is exactly who we are. We’re four dudes who love music and we like to have fun with it. We have a rockin’ time.”
That mindset suits The Faim—and its new song “Amelie”—well. The pop-rock anthem, which will appear on the band’s debut album in September, follows the release of the single “Fire.”
“Our songs are very diverse,” he says. “That’s something we strive for in the band. Genres are so fluid these days. We have different musical tastes between the four of us. We love everything.
“Our music crosses genres because we don’t want to be complacent, and neither do our fans. When we’re writing songs, we don’t know what song’s going to come out.”
The Faim got its start with renowned producer John Feldmann (blink-182, All Time Low, 5 Seconds of Summer), who was so impressed with its demos that he invited them out to Los Angeles to record its debut album.
Since then, The Faim has teamed up with Pete Wentz, Mark Hoppus, Josh Dun and Ashton Irwin, released its first EP, played Slam Dunk and Reading & Leeds, and toured globally with PVRIS, Against The Current, Sleeping With Sirens, Lower Than Atlantis, The Dangerous Summer, and PVMNTS.
Beerkens is a longtime musician who started playing piano at age 7. He admits it was a shaky start.
“I didn’t necessarily know I wanted to be a musician, but my love for music grew and grew,” he says. “As I kept playing music, I loved it more and more. Around 16, I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else.”
That sentiment is especially true now that The Faim is touring the world.
“Every single state is almost a different country,” he says. “The people there are all so different. The accents are different. The cities are so different. It’s not like you’re touring around the same place.”
Andy Black w/The Faim, Nile Theater, 105 W. Main Street, Mesa, ticketweb.com, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14, $23.50.