Concert Review: The Faim & Stand Atlantic
Some might say Vans Warped Tour 25th Anniversary final run signified the end to a pop punk era. The Faim & Stand Atlantic co-headlining tour with support from Hold Close and the UK’s WSTR prove otherwise. Saturday night the tour stopped in Tampa, Florida at the Crowbar. What’s more rock n’ roll than free roaming chickens in the streets of historic Ybor? I couldn’t think of anything. For the size of the venue there is a surprising intimacy from every band. The energy brought by every member was phenomenal. From Braxton of Hold Close singing in a sea of flashlights, Josh of The Faim climbing a pole and nearly hitting the ceiling fan, and the whole venue singing Happy Birthday to Miki of Stand Atlantic while he was pied in the face by Sammy of WSTR. There was never a dull moment throughout the entire show.
The Faim, an alternative-rock and pop-punk band from Perth, Australia started off their set with “Midland Line”, their second debut single from last year. Frontman Josh Raven rocked the room with a powerful, mesmerizing voice similar to that of Brendan Urie from Panic! At The Disco or Dan Reynalds of Imagine Dragons and a band that brought me back to the adrenaline rush of my first concert, Fall Out Boy. But don’t let this fool you, The Faim hold their own. From anthems such as “Summer Is a Curse” and “Saints of the Sinners” to melodies such as “Make Believe” The Faim had the crowd riding a thrilling roller coaster of diverse music controlled by an energy that never stopped. Josh Raven had us in the palm of his hand, spending more time off the stage than on with dreamy vocals no one could get enough of. You wouldn’t have guessed he wasn’t feeling too well that night. Matching Josh’s energy, was Sam Tye’s rockin’ guitar riffs, Stephen Beerkens’ hypnotizing bass and keyboard skills, and Linden Marissen’s catchy, powerful drums. The crowd could not stop chanting and singing. The Faim is a band that puts on unforgettable shows and is only going to continue to grow. The Faim recently released their debut album ‘State of Mind’ on all streaming platforms.
Pop punk Stand Atlantic from Sydney, Australia were the final band of the night, but the crowd never tired. They continued to match the energy that frontwoman Bonnie Fraser brought to the stage as they started off their set with “Bullfrog” off their latest release ‘Skinny Dipping’. Bonnie jumped across the stage with punk vocals that had the whole crowd dancing. Guitarist David Potter, bassist Miki Rich, drummer Jonno Panichi with a special guest appearance by WSTR’s Sammy ramped up the set. The intimacy of the small venue encouraged fans to crowd surf, knocking over the mic stand in the process. Stand Atlantic has a power over their fans like no other that left everyone leaving, wanting more.
There couldn’t be a better combination of bands. The energy between the crowd and bands never stopped and the excitement as a new band came on grew each time. The Faim hypnotized the crowds and Stand Atlantic blew everyone away. Every individual at the venue felt the toxic need to jump and sing along. By the end of the night, we all weren’t ready to go home. Now we’re left to listen to them on repeat on Spotify until the next visit to Florida. Don’t miss their upcoming tour dates across the United States listed below.