Exactly one year after our interview, Denver based hardcore pack FAIM are back with new music! The band is streaming 2 new jams, including the NoEcho premiered “Division Ave”, “inspired by the book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, and learning about the racist history of redlining, with an outro featuring a sadly still relevant clip from James Baldwin”.
Safe Inside Records will be donating all proceeds from digital sales of the single to the Black Sex Workers Collective. “Hollow Hope” album will be available in late August, also through Version City Blues, who willbe responsible for a limited tape version.
Comments No Echo:
The biting socio-political commentary from vocalist Kat makes it abundantly clear that the band is not (and never has been) solely a musical project, but rather a vessel for messages that expertly address pertinent, immediately relevant topics for the climate of this country at the moment: raging against police and their abusive power (“Bastards”), systemic racism in the US (on the aforementioned “Division Ave,” my personal favorite track on the record), and a host of others among which there isn’t a single song that you can justify skipping.
Just like the lyrical content, the musical intelligence of FAIM shines through on the entire record, a perfect compliment to the subject matter being addressed on every track.
With masterfully executed riffs and drum parts that perfectly compliment the furious vocals, Hollow Hope is just one more piece of proof that the band has the sure mark of a group that isn’t dependent on one sole skilled member who carries the rest, or a couple core “creators” who then coach the others, but rather a cohesive unit that expertly crafts a consistently solid musical product as one.
All these laws put in place
are lies to keep a line between those who challenge and the power to control every penny every dime every human life every opportunity to break out of this fucking cycle
That keeps beating down those who don’t possess
The identity you want in command
What the fuck are we gonna do to end this discrimination
How do we erase this redline and give true liberation
Division selection separation
Mass incarceration of all
Jim Crow lives on
In this country
Back On The Wall:
So let them know
I choose my own way to burn
For the ones with their back to the wall
This one is for you
For those who stand in the way of progress
I have nothing for you
That’s all you need
To Carry out
You left for us
I won’t let you bury me