Japandroids – Live at Epic Dalston

With the return of the infamous Pit Parties known for its 360 stage centred in the middle of the room and hosted by label Fluffer Records, crowds began to gather as the pit pried opened its jaws and welcomed Vancouver rock duo Japandroids to the cage.

The pit isn’t a stranger when it comes to hosting loud tenacious rock having had girl duo Deap Valley perform only a few nights ago. Tonight was no different as the boys fired things off with the opening track Near to the Wild Heart Life taken from their latest album of the same name.

The walls were awash with electric blue and blood-soaked red as speakers blared out belters such as Fire’s Highway and Younger Us whilst fans fervently shuffled and shook.

Security stood attentive as inflatable balls volleyed their way across the room and occasionally on stage but it was smiles all round as guitarist Brian King acknowledged the rowdiness coming from the crowd before swigging back a few shots and spitting out tracks such as North East South West and No Known Drink or Drug.

Boxed in by the masses, the band ploughed through their set with barely any room for breath as The Nights of Wine and Roses and The House That Heaven Built riled listeners into a frenzy and welcomed Brian with open arms as he embraced his devoted audience before calling it a night.

The word epic was sprawled across the venue doors and tonight undoubtedly lived up to its reputation.

 

Words and photos Jack Lloyd

‘Not Another Grime Artist’ – Discussing The Transcendence of Yungen

 

It’s no big secret that over the last few years grime music has broken back into the mainstream and been introduced to a whole new wave of listeners and supporters. Despite some scepticism to the rise, it’s undeniable that it has allowed underground and independent artists new and seasoned to flourish.

The case of Yungen is different, however – in truth it’d be wrong to label Yungen as a solely “grime artist”  – his musicality transcends genres and while many have tried to place his music into simple one-size-fits all boxes, it is, in fact, his ability as a songwriter to work in several disciplines of music which has always seen him flourish regardless of the trending musical climate.

Just off a headline show at Jamaica House 2017 and with ‘Bestie’ bursting into the UK Top 20 – we caught up with Yungen to discuss his musical journey, labels and growth.

 

FAULT: As a songwriter, where do you look for inspiration?

Yungen: I get most of my inspiration just being out and driving. When I’m sat down in a writing session, it’s difficult to just start from scratch; I need prior inspiration before I just start.

Has not releasing music which fits into solely one genre made it harder on you as an artist?

I think it’s helped me because when times have changed and music has developed, not being able to put me in a box has allowed me to stay relevant. In the last few years with grime and afro bashment-rave being in, to be able to do everything has helped me release music people are vibing at the time.

 

Is it hard when people say “Yungen, the grime artist” and put you into that one box when you work across a number of different genres?

A little bit – I feel like me being called grime MC is because I came in at its peak. Me doing grime they’d call me grime but years before I was called a UK rapper and now after ‘Bestie’ they’d probably call me an afro-beat artist [laughs]. I don’t mind that I have been labelled as this or that because I know I’m not just one kind of artist and it’s on me to always make that clear.

 

A lot of new fans have jumped on to the grime very quickly – do you think this sharp rise is going to help or hurt the genre in the long run?

I don’t believe that it’s going to hurt the genre. I think grime has just been opened up to a wider audience especially with people like Stormzy who are killing it and giving all the younger MCs coming up more opportunities.

Are you a fan of large stages or do you prefer the smaller venues and session gigs where it’s just you and the music?

I enjoy performing, it’s one of the biggest perks that comes with it. A couple of years ago I went on tour with Naughty Boy across the world, and that was a big experience for me, and it made me see a different side to performing in smaller clubs.

 

What’s been the best part of your musical journey so far?

There have been so many different moments that have been iconic for me. Signing a record deal and being able to put out songs and charting. Being on tour with other people and putting on my tour has been cool.

 

‘Bestie’ has blown up and become one of the hottest records this summer, do you ever worry about topping the high bar you’ve set for yourself?

No, I’m not worried, it just made me excited for my next one. With ‘Bestie’ I had a plan when I made it, and I had a plan of what I want to release after, I didn’t expect it to go as big as it did but I’ve always had a long-term goal, and I’m excited about the next move.

 

What are you listening to at the moment?

I listen to everything really – a lot of R&B and rap and whats popping at the moment.

 

What’s changed the most about you since the debut?

I’d say I’ve grown and learnt a lot about the industry and the strategies of putting out new stuff. Going from being independent and to signing a record deal, it’s good to learn everything involved.

 

If you could give your younger self any advice what would it be?

It’d be to learn more and be smarter on the business side of music – I’ve learnt it along the way now, but it’d have been good to have known how things work from the get go.

 

What is the big dream?

When I first started, I didn’t think I”d be here now, and because I’ve met what my target is so now, I’m just setting myself new goals every week.

 

What is your FAULT?

I don’t like going out much, and I’m antisocial with going out. I’m more happy at home with my boys or in the studio, so maybe I need to start going out and enjoying life a bit more.

‘Robotina’ – Exclusive FAULT Fashion Editorial

 

Photographer: Pablo Costano

Producer: Nacho Gimenez

Styling: Mariela Ortega

MUA: Luigi Chamorro

Model: Jessica Whitlow

Photographer Assit: Manuel Rojas

Premiere: The Wandering Hearts debut Western-themed visuals for ‘Devil’

Fresh from their performance at British Summer Time Festival in London’s Hyde Park, supporting
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Stevie Nicks and The Lumineers, folk-Americana group The Wandering Hearts
reveal the visuals for their latest single ‘Devil’, which just released on Decca Records last month, exclusively on FAULT.


Filmed on location at Laredo Western Town, hidden away in Kent, the video shows the band pull up to play a show – except the town appears to be completely empty. They set up to play, and as they sing, the ghosts of the inhabitants of the town appear, with the music bringing them back to life. As the song draws to a close, the ghosts and band all disappear and the town population sign shows to have grown by 4 (indicating the band are now inhabitants of the ghost town).

The Wandering Hearts say: “This is a story about throwing your hands up in the air, admitting your flaws and past
mistakes, and owning them. Living life how you want to live it and knowing that if it all goes wrong, at least it was
your choice. Ultimately, life is about doing what you’re passionate about and having hope for whatever may lie
ahead.”

Watch the video below. You can find the band on Instagram here.

FAULT Magazine attends James Bay X TOPMAN Launch Party

The fashion and music industries have always shared a close bond with artists such as Kanye West, Justin Timberlake and Tinie Tempah making genuine waves and turning heads within the fashion world. Today we’ve been blessed with a new collaborative capsule collection from Brit Award-winning artist James Bay and Topman.

 

Last night we attended the official launch party at London’s Ace Hotel to get a closer look at the 13-piece line and to see the man behind the collection.

The collection is personal and the pieces are all items which we can imagine James Bay would wear himself as opposed to the old ‘Slap a famous name on a predesigned collection’ which we’ve seen so much of from other brands in the past. As with many things, the true beauty of this collection is in the details; the effort put into the meticulous embroidery, addition of personal lyrics, intrinsic patterns truly show and elevate the collection above the norm.

FAULT Magazine alumni were out in full force last night with Ella Eyre, Vanessa White and Becca Dudley all showing up to give their support.  Sipping Patrón Tequila, including Patrónics, Patron Margaritas on the rooftop bar the space was completely decked out like we were on the set of the lookbook shoot – guitars and all!

A wonderful evening of fashion, friends and music – we’re looking forward to seeing what other exciting strides Topman can continue to make!

Rare photos of Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso @ Zebra One Gallery, London

These fantastic, never-before-seen images of legendary artists Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali are currently being exhibited at the Zebra One Gallery in Hampstead, London. The shots, on display until the end of September ’17, give a rare, intimate glimpse into the lives of two of the 20th century’s most influential artists.

Commenting on the shots, the gallery shared the thought that, “Throughout Salvador Dali’s career, a question that reoccurred time and time again was whether he would cut his iconic moustache – a point that is addressed in many of these shots, with him at the mirror with a razor and holding a sword against his moustache.”

Whether he actually cut it or not is still up for debate…

Salvador Dali Moustache Miroir by Paul Popper, 1964.

 

Portrait of Pablo Picasso by Gilles Ehrmann, 1952. This iconic portrait a favourite of Picasso’s wife, Jacqueline Roque, and is the only one which is hung in their house in Mougins.

 

Dali, a woman and his cane by Unknown Artist, 1967. The photo shows Dali standing next to a young woman brandishing his famous cane.

A legend in his lifetime by Edward Quinn, 1968. Here Picasso arranges two works for viewing: Figure carrying a stone, 1931 and Figures by the sea, 1931.

 

Salvador Dali and Captain Moore with an Ocelot by Unknown Artist, 1967. The photo shows Moore holding a pet Ocelot watched by Dali with the port holes of the ship behind them. This is a surrealistic scene which would have appealed to Dali.  The ocelot, named Babou, was Dali’s favourite pet.

 

Visit www.zebraonegallery.com for more information.

FAULT Magazine Premiere: Joel Baker’s ‘Bag Of Dreams’

 

For many of us, our first experience of Joel Baker’s soulful funk music came from his breakout single ‘Story’ feat Abra Cadabra last month. Today, the Nottingham born singer is back with the release of the title track for his upcoming mixtape ‘Bag of Dreams’.

This time round, we’re introduced to a less animated but far more personal look into the life of Joel through his effortless heart-wrenching lyricism, vocal and production.

Written and produced by Joel, through lyrics “got about two people I can trust, rest of them they don’t know enough” we’re given the closest look into the man behind the music as he reveals the stories from a time of his life filled with anguish and self-deprecation

Speaking about ‘Bag of Dreams’, Joel says: “Bag of Dreams was written at a very dark time. The big city sold me a fairy tale and I believed it. Occasionally a song will come around when it writes itself in minutes. You aren’t really writing it, you’re just coughing up your heart trying to capture what comes out. A few people tried to convince me to change lyrics because they said it made me sound ‘bitter’. But I was bitter. That’s how I knew the song worked.”

From Joel’s first two releases we’re very excited to hear his upcoming mixtape which will also feature guest appearances from Kojo Funds and Abra Cadabra.

That’s enough from us though! We’re very proud to officially premiere ‘Bag Of Dreams’ available today!

 

 

 

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Premiere: Ed Harcourt debuts new video for ‘The World is on Fire’

Ed Harcourt premieres new video for ‘The World is on Fire’ on FAULT Online. Photo: Steve Gullick

Former Mercury prize nominee Ed Harcourt has unleashed a new music video for ‘The World is on Fire’, the opening track from last year’s album ‘Furnaces’.

Harcourt’s seventh album was critically acclaimed, picking up an average 4/5 star rating from jaded critics and aficionados of deeply melodic, atmospheric pop alike.  If ‘The World is on Fire’ sets the tone for a richly immersive aural feast, the new video by Annick Wolfers matches its brooding intensity step for step:
 

 
Described as an apocalyptic painterly video, the short film was inspired by the mythology of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire, and was filmed in the Scottish Highlands. Taking a near-literal take on the song title, the video sees a statuesque warrior as the last woman standing in preparation for the end of the world as we know it.

The video continues a theme of exceptional art direction from Harcourt – the artwork for both this single and the ‘Furnaces’ album was designed by highly regarded British cartoonist Ralph Steadman:
 

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