If you don’t know about Los Angeles-based rock band FYKE, now’s the time to know.
FYKE, who made their appearance on Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles at 1720 Warehouse as part of PinUp Productions, delivered a high energy set of heavy rock meets electronic music — and to think this band has only been around for a little more than a year is a surprise.
The band’s debut EP Nightmares, which was released last August 2017 through Universal Music Group, is a solid body of work that speaks to the many things that haunt us and cause us to lose sleep in life.
Inspired by music’s power to heal and spread positivity, the five-member band — comprised of lead singer and producer Enik Lin, guitarists Steven Delman and Justin Wright, bassist Mikee Fabella and drummer Gerard Christian — debuted their first single “Favorite Mistake” last February 2017. The song made the “Best of the Week” playlist for Apple Music (China) and the “Top Ten Music” Playlist for Spotify (China).
Since then, the band released their Nightmares Deluxe album in January of this year, which has garnered over half a million streams on Spotify.
“Our music is inspired by strong social issues,” frontman Enik Lin described. “I think it’s really important that we talk about things that need to be talked about … I feel like a lot of the music that’s out today is about girls and drinking and partying, and music is one of those platforms that I feel is like this universal mic where people get to listen to it. I think it really matters what you’re saying.”
From songs like “Insecure” to “Vices,” Lin sings: “Lord save my soul / Come make me whole / I wanna feel alive again / Cuz with you I’m alive again.”
FYKE’s music draws from moments of weakness and darkness to uplift. With parallels to Linkin Park, Underoath, Sleeping with Sirens and Empire of the Sun, their music is completely refreshing, raw and inspired. They are a new band to watch because when a band can outperform their record and make it sound better live, that says something.
Watch a clip of FYKE performing “Favorite Mistake” at 1720 below: