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FAIM CO Hardcore Interview

FAIM: Allow Yourself to Be Vulnerable but Also Inspired


Denver’s hardcore whirlwind Faim is composed of transplants from many inspiring DIY hardcore scenes from both the East and West Coast in the United States. At the forefront of their music, they bring concepts of anti-oppression politics, feminism and taking care of each other. [[ ] had the chance to interview  Faim’s singer Kat and guitar player Chris at Fluff Fest 2019 in Rokycany, Czechia.

So, where did it all begin for Faim? How did you get together and what inspired you to start this particular band? How did DIY punk and hardcore shape the world to you?

Chris: We all sort of found each other about three years ago. We’ve just found ourselves living in Denver, and we were all in sort of the same situation. Transplants from different scenes, kind of older hardcore kids who were like strangers in a new town. And so I became friends with Kat; Kat became friends with the other members, and at a certain point Kat said let’s start a band. At least for me, the idea was to find that spark in hardcore punk that has been going on for a couple of years.

Kat: Yeah, for me the idea to start a band again was a spark that happened when everything came out about Jim Hesketh of Champion being a predator, the misogyny of hardcore and the fact that I was actually being talked about. Like how everything was very male-dominated and we need non-cis men to be a bigger part of the scene, so I figured starting a band could be a good way to do that. On the other hand, the political situation we were going on in the United States with Trump getting elected, you know, I’ve had a lot to talk about with regards to that.

We all grew up in a lot of DIY scenes. Chris did a lot of work in booking shows in North Carolina, so when we moved to Denver and couldn’t really find a hardcore scene, it was really amazing to get things going. That’s how we figured why not start a band.

Do you see some kind of a resurgence of the political hardcore punk scene in the United States? And how do you relate to the term political hardcore band?

Kat: I think I see a resurgence of politics being talked about in certain small corners of the hardcore scene, but I don’t think it happens overall in hardcore in the United States. I think, right now, what is kind of the biggest part of hardcore in the US is just very much about moshing, heavy riffs, and stuff like that. In the smaller, the DIY scene, the politics are talked about a lot and we discuss what we need to do in causing social change, but I don’t think that’s the main focus right now in general, at least not in the mainstream hardcore.

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What is DIY Conspiracy? DIY Conspiracy is a web journal for underground music and culture. In DIY punk we see an autonomous, ever-evolving-in-its-anti-oppression-ideals, genuine community, which lets us live our lives to the fullest of possibilities.

Mother, wife, small business owner.

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