Berlin-based trio FÆM will release their brand new single, the angular, reggae infused indie pop anthem ‘Keep Me Up’. The song is the first ‘proper’ release from the band, following their self-released track ‘Demons Play’ which has achieved German airplay with no promotion whatsoever. In the band’s signature style, ‘Keep Me Up’ fuses smooth vocal harmonies with driving hip hop basslines, rapped verses and a soaring chorus that’s begging to be sung from stadium terraces.
Jakob, Tim and Chris were destined to make music together. Meeting at high school in Hamburg, they started the band in 10th grade, aged just 15. It’s hard to believe when listening to their incredibly eclectic sound, but the band admit having a blinkered approach to music while growing up: “Until we were 19 we would refuse to listen to anything after the 70s. We just rejected all music in the charts” explains Jakob, and this influence can be heard in their smooth three-part harmonies – a signature which carries through most of their music.
Now based in Berlin, FÆM are breaking not just their own mould, but that of most contemporary pop music. When pressed, the band refuse to describe their sound – but perhaps that’s because it’s impossible to put a label on music which incorporates elements of almost every genre imaginable.
Despite their tongue-in-cheek appearance, the band admit they are deeply political: “We follow politics closely and almost always write about politics,” says Jakob “It’s about the art first but politics always finds a way into the music in weird ways that’s maybe not so transparent.”
‘Keep Me Up’ for example is what the band describe as ‘unknowingly political’. “It started as a very personal song about a polyamorous relationship with an ex-girlfriend” explains Jakob “we both became jealous and competitive. But for me, it turned into a certain form of aggressive male jealousy, which I realised later causes a lot of problems in the world. The patriarchal system we live in to a certain extent is very much built on male jealousy, and women die as a result of murder related to jealousy every day”
When a band can so seamlessly blend the serious with the sublime and the ridiculous with razor-sharp humour, it’s clear that they’re about to take us on a very wild ride. Welcome to the world of FÆM.