Tove Lo bares her soul on revealing cover shoot for FAULT Magazine Issue 24


“You have your whole life to write your first record,” explains Tove Lo. “I had two years to write this one.” The 28-year-old Swede’s breakthrough came in 2014 with the arrival of her debut studio album Queen of the Clouds, which spawned numerous hit singles like  “Habits (Stay High),” a drug-and-sex-fueled post-breakup bender anthem echoed around the world. Fame, when it came, seemed overnight. The freshly minted pop sensation won a legion of fans, and the excitement bubbling up around her imminent follow-up album started taking on new levels of ferocity. So how do you repeat a career high of that of magnitude? How do you give fans more of the same without reinventing the wheel? Tove Lo’s answer is Lady Wood, and the new album finds her at her best. It’s infectious pop, a battle cry for self-empowerment, and endless truth telling about relationships imbued with the twisted wit—decidedly Scandinavian—that we’ve come to expect from her.


When it comes to your songwriting, you’re quite revealing. What does it feel like to reveal so much of yourself to the entire world?

It’s amazing, and also kind of scary. When you’re in a creative bubble, you know exactly how you feel about everything, but the world can receive it differently. You know what I mean—It’s like, “I hope they understand what I’m saying here,” because it is so personal. But mostly, I’m so proud of this record. I’m excited to share more stuff from Lady Wood.


Is the creative process very different when you’re writing songs for other artists?

When I write with someone else in mind, I have to be with that person to figure out what they want to say and think about their voice. You see what kinds of melodies suit them. When I’m writing a song that’s for someone else, it’s the same way movies can inspire me. I love creating a scenario in my head and describe what’s going on, while pulling at those emotions that I can relate to. When it’s a song for myself, it’s very easy and introspective. It just comes and I blurt it out, you know? I’m putting my heart to paper.


What was the overall concept for Lady Wood? 

Lady Wood is a double album and there’s a second part coming up with two more chapters later on. “Fairy Dust” and “Fire Fade” are the first two chapters, and the whole album is about the past two years of my life. It’s been a fucking emotional rollercoaster—in the best and worst ways possible. [Laughs] Lady Wood is all about chasing that rush. How do I feel the most alive? Sometimes it’s stress, sometimes it’s love, and other times, it’s being high getting off the stage. The album takes you through the different stages: The chase, the rush, the peak, and the downfall. The beginning is when I hear the fans shouting my name and I’m about to hit the stage. “Fire Fade” is when it all sort of starts to wear off and I’m losing connection with the fans a bit, and I’m trying to get back to that first chase. You feel vulnerable there. It’s where you start to reveal your true self.



The track “Cool Girl” was inspired by Rosamund Pike’s memorable monologue in David Fincher’s Gone Girl? That’s so specific!

It was sort of a coincidence! I had just seen the movie. I’d also remembered being in a similar situation where it was a back-and-forth with this person. I felt uneasy about it, you know? It was like, “Do I really know this person? Do they really know me?” She changes herself so much for someone else. Why do we—and not just girls—do that? Why do we change ourselves for someone else and then expect that person to love us for who we are? Why do we play mind games? Why do we try to make someone we like feel insecure so they will like us more? It’s strange the things we do to others to make them love us. [Laughs] It’s like the less emotion you show, the more in control you are. It’s like you can’t let your emotions get ahold of you. Why is it so bad to be emotional?


They sometimes call you “The saddest girl in Sweden.” Is that a source of irritation?

That doesn’t bother me. I don’t know if it’s because I’m Swedish. [Laughs] It doesn’t bother me to say that I’ve been depressed and I’ve struggled with dark thoughts. It’s not something that I find shameful. Everyone’s sad sometimes. Even though I’m living my dream, which is fucking awesome and amazing, I still have days when I don’t want to get out of bed. If you experience all these highs, you’re going to get the lows—that’s just how it’s always been. I definitely appreciate the small things in life as much as I do the huge things. There are people who are surprised when they meet me like, “You’re nice!”


Do you still sometimes stop and think, “This is all fucking crazy right now”?

Yes! In Miami, we went to this amazing, beautiful house and had so much fun jamming on stage with Maroon 5, and then we went back to our hotel and jumped into the ocean. It’s like, “What the fuck is happening?” [Laughs] We just performed for 15 thousand people! As often as I can, I try to think about that. It can get stressful and things can get intense, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I’m here to live my life to the fullest.


What is your FAULT?

Where do I even begin with this? [Laughs] Well, my FAULT is that for every TV show type thing we do now, we have to include in the contract that I won’t flash the camera.




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FAULT Weekly Playlist: Frankie + The Studs


Glam rock quartet Frankie + The Studs have had a good summer to say the least. The band recently wrapped up a tour that included stops at The Viper Room in Los Angeles, Lollapalooza in Chicago, and Highline Ballroom in New York City. They’ve also just dropped their debut EP “High On Yourself.”

If you’re not familiar with Frankie + The Studs, we’re here to give you a brief crash course. Lead singer Frankie Clarke comes from rock royalty; her father Gilby Clarke is the guitarist in Guns N’ Roses so she knows a thing or two about making fist in the air rock anthems.

We asked Frankie to put together some of the songs that inspired her growing up and Frankie + The Studs. You’ll find a lot of classic songs from artists including T.Rex, David Bowie, and The Black Keys so dive in.

Green Day – American Idiot

“If we’re talking about songs that have inspired me, I remember a friend lending me Green Day’s “American Idiot” album when I was in the 5th grade. Hearing this first song off the album, Green Day became my favorite band. From then on, I had the biggest crush on boys with guy liner and to this day every time I write a song I hear an underlying influence from Green Day, probably because this album is completely engrained in my memory.”


The Strokes – Heart in a Cage

“My love for the Strokes is borderline obsessive. I watch the video for this song almost on a weekly basis. Immediately when I listen to The Strokes, I just want to go back to NY. And that riff is so rad.”


She’s One of the Boys – Nick Gilder 

“I really wanted this song to be our walk on music for Frankie + The Studs, just because I feel like it’s so relevant to who I am as a performer. Instead, I just listen to it while I get ready before a show.”


Ace Frehley   – New York Groove 

“New York Groove is just one of those songs that can put me in a good mood instantaneously. I mean it’s sooo good!! If this song ever comes on and we are mid conversation prepare for me to tune out and start singing along… and I’ll probably make you sing along too…”


Paramore – All I Wanted

“This is one band that I don’t think people would expect for me to be in love with. One of the reasons I have always admired Paramore is they have their own sound. I’ve never been able to pin point an artist that sounds just like them. I can’t listen to this song without getting chills.  Her voice conveys so much emotion, I want to be able to do the same and make people feel something.”


Blackmail – The Runaways

“If it weren’t for the badassery that were the Runaways, I don’t think I’d be who I am today. I love how aggressive this song is.  They really were the “queens of noise”. Plus, it’s a great song to jam out to when you’re pissed off… Yeah I’m guilty of screaming along to this in my car when no one is around.”


T.Rex – Life’s a Gas

“T.Rex is one of my favorite songwriters of all time. The lyrics don’t always make sense, but they’re poetic. I love that you can create your own sense of what he’s saying. This song has stuck with me because I remember my dad recorded his own version when I was younger, so this song is engrained in my memory. Marc Bolan’s voice is just so haunting.. I could listen to it all day.”


Black Keys – Everlasting Light

“This song sounds like it could’ve been right off of T.Rex’s “Electric Warrior” album. It’s got such a great groove, and it was one of my favorite songs to see them perform live. When they play it live, they drop down a disco ball, and between the visuals and the pulsing beat, it just puts me in a complete trance.”


David Bowie – Heroes 

“This song either makes me cry or makes me feel incredibly nostalgic. You know that scene in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” movie when they go through the tunnel and listen to this song? That’s the feeling I get whenever I hear this.”

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FAULT Weekly Playlist: Julianne Glass


LA born and raised, Julianne Glass is changing pop music one song at a time. The 19-year-old singer/songwriter began her career in music at a young age playing piano and listening to the likes ofThe Beatles, Ben Folds, Elliott Smith and Stevie Wonder, inspiring the sound of her solo project.

Julianne writes from the heart – crafting delicate melodies and confessional songwriting to create a sound uniquely hers. She recently released her debut single “Seventeen,” a beautifully textured pop song and the first look from her forthcoming EP and we can’t wait to hear more.

In the meantime, take a listen to a playlist of songs Julianne is currently spinning and lose yourself in the music.

BØRNS – 10,000 Emerald Pools

“Before we made my record, my producers and I exchanged artists we were listening to at the time. This was the first song I heard from Børns, and it drew me into the rest of his album. I love most everything about his music – the lyrics are filled with imagery, his metaphors make sense and are original, and the melodies perfectly capture a California vibe which resonates with me. I’ve seen him live a couple of times and the show he puts on is super fun and inspires me for my future shows.”

The Knife – Heartbeats

“I took a lot of songs from the playlist I listen to when driving to the beach, this being one of them. Listening to this song with the top of my car down while the wind blows my hair is my definition of heaven. Find a friend with a convertible, take a drive, and listen to this song – you won’t regret it. These lyrics are also incredible. The original song is by José González, and I love listening to that version. The Knife’s cover of it really captivates me though. The drums are so solid, so in the pocket, and I definitely took inspiration from that in how the drums sound in Seventeen.”

Stromae- ave cesaria

“I was introduced to Stromae’s music by getting familiar with the Coachella 2014 lineup. One of my favorite things about the Coachella experience is getting introduced to artists I would have never heard if it weren’t for ‘chella. I listened to his album nonstop for months before seeing him live. I can’t speak French but I sing along to his songs anyway. It doesn’t matter that I can’t understand him, all that matters is that his passion clearly and directly comes out from his singing and that’s the passion I try to emulate in my work.”

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

“This is one of my favorite songs, like, ever. Whenever I hear this song, I get super nostalgic. I first heard this record at band camp (not marching band camp, but rock-n-roll band camp… which is still pretty nerdy). I was living in the suburbs of LA at the time and this song really resonated with me. The song is carried by the piano and vocal melodies which speak to my musicality – I write everything on the piano before adding other instruments. My favorite line in the song is, “Move your feet from hot pavement and into the grass.” I love lyrics that describe emotion with detailed images, and that’s how I try to write.”

Ben Folds Five – Best Imitation Of Myself

“I was raised listening to Ben Folds, which makes me feel really young to say since the 90’s weren’t that long ago. I think listening to Ben since I was little has especially influenced my sound more than anything else. His songs are piano-based, like mine, and have the normal four instruments that an alt-rock band usually has with some brass and woodwinds for certain songs. When writing, my ear is drawn to those kinds of instruments. What I appreciate most about Ben is that he owns his identity rather than trying to sound like someone else, which is what this song is about. Being born and raised in Los Angeles, I’m exposed to lots of people who are doing the same things and trying to book the same gigs, and it’s so easy to start comparing yourself to others. I’m a victim of that type of thinking at times and listening to songs like this remind me that, “I do the best imitation of myself.”

Fiona Apple – Not About Love

“This is the first song I heard by Fiona and was immediately drawn to the style of her sound. It made me hopeful as an aspiring artist to know that the style of music I play has been listened to and appreciated by successful artists like her. If you read about her life, you can tell that she takes from her own experiences and puts them into her lyrics, which is what I do in my songwriting as well. I find it to be the best form of therapy, and it makes the connection between the songwriter and the listener more genuine.”

The Belle Brigade- Shirt

“My friend’s cousins are the duo in this band and for the past couple of years, they’ve been one of my favorite groups. The Belle Brigade’s harmonies are what butter would sound like if you could hear it. I love singing along to these songs because they’re so fun to harmonize with. Their lyrics are what I consider perfect lyrics because the metaphors they use are so solid and make sense throughout the entire song and their imagery is very detailed. I also appreciate how their music is made with live instruments. The music world is currently invested in electronic sounds and I think it’s cool that there are no audible synths in this album.”

Elliott Smith – Happiness/The Gondola Man

“Elliott Smith will always be one of my favorite musicians. I’m not sure that I sound like him, but I very much look up to him as a lyricist and melodist. His lyrics never fail to move the listener and his melodies evoke the same amount of emotion as well. If I hope to be like him in any way, I’d want people who listen to my music to have the same connection as his listeners did with his songs. My sister introduced me to Elliott when I was little, and when she passed away, I listened to him nonstop. His music helped me grieve and I always feel close to her whenever I listen to him.”

Julianne Glass Socials:

The Vamps appear on FAULT Magazine’s Online Cover

After spending the year touring the world, The Vamps are ready to go back into the studio and start working on their third studio album. Currently just back from India, the band sat down to chat upcoming single All Night, relationships and what makes them tick. It’s been a full year for the boys and they keep going on strong. They’re releasing a book next week, working on a third album and also managing their own record label. Busy times ahead, but nothing short of exciting. FAULT chatted to Brad, the band’s singer, ahead of The Vamps upcoming release All Night featuring Matoma, and here’s his take on it all.



You’ve just finished a world tour and have travelled all around the globe over the past year. What were your highlights?

We recently did a show in Poland and we never ever played a show there. We initially put the show on an 800 capacity venue which we thought was enough and then it went up to a 3000 capacity venue. And we actually sold that out. I think going to a new place and having no idea how you’re going to be perceived by an audience to then go and sell out a crowd that big – that was just an incredible moment for us. That was one of the highlights of the whole year and it was such a good gig.



Word on the street is that you’ve got quite some interesting pre-show rituals. Care to talk me through them?

We do. We have ‘the chin’. So basically, before every show, we do like a little speech and in the speech, everyone has an object in their hand and nobody can have the same object – so maybe like a cereal box, an orange – and then we rub our chins together. The amount of seconds that we rub our chins together is equivalent to the date that we’re playing the show.


That’s not something you hear every day. How did it come about?

I don’t really know! It started with the chin definitely. That was the first part of the ritual. It started at our first gig; we wanted to do something before every gig. So we started to rub our chins together.


Chins aside, you’ve just announced a new single – All Night featuring Matoma. This is the first new material that we get from you guys in a while. How does it relate to what’s going to come next?

It’s the first song off of our third album. The album is going to be released in a format that it hasn’t been before, so that’s something that’s exciting for us. But All Night is the first piece of new music off of our next body of work. It’s quite representative of everything else that’s about to come. It’s an atmospheric song. In terms of development of music as a band, it’s very different in the sense that it’s unlike anything we’ve ever done. But lyrically – it’s probably the most mature and self-representative song we’ve written.


In terms of new material, you’re currently working on your third studio album – Do you have any other collaborations in mind for the new one?

Not as of yet, we haven’t got anything confirmed. We’ll usually go into the studio, write the songs and then have a look back and think what songs would be fit for collaboration. You don’t want to go in and just do collabs for the sake of doing them, if it didn’t benefit the song. So there are a few songs I’d imagine to have features on, but we haven’t got anything else confirmed.



Have you shifted gears in terms of sound in any way?

I think we have done that, we definitely have. I think it’s just the nature of musicians really. You get quite stuck in a rut if you keep doing the same thing. So pushing yourself and challenging yourself to do different things is part of not getting bored. So yeah, we’ve definitely changed sonically. Not exactly changed, but we have developed. The album sounds a bit more current. Obviously the whole music industry has shifted a bit. So it’s a bit more current in the sense that it’s a bit more dancy, a bit more Justin Bieber –Skrillex kind of sound. So we’ve taken influence from that but kind of put our print on it.


You set up your own record label as well. What drove you towards it?

I think we’ve always been interested as a band in working in the music industry. You’ve got these people there who are heavily involved with your project and your band and they get to experience the whole journey with you as well. They’re just as invested as you are. If you’ve got the right team around that is. They want to see the final project as much as you do. If you find a group or a musician and help develop them and see them grow – and basically the whole process – it’s a very nice and rewarding process.


You’ve also got a book coming out next week – can you share with us like your favourite bits and bobs?

You get to see a side of The Vamps that nobody has ever seen before, which is a good thing. People have their own perception of you because of the things that they read and I think it’s nice that they will get to see our take on things, in our own words. There are a few stories, a few drunken night stories in there, we chat about stuff that goes on behind the scenes, relationships and all that.


After spending so much time touring, you must have quite a few stories under your belt. What’s one the most ridiculous things that’s ever happened to you lot while traveling?

Somehow – I don’t even know how – we ended up in a leopard printed limousine. I don’t even know how it really happened to be honest. We just went for dinner and next thing we knew, there was a leopard print limousine outside. That’s probably the most rock star thing we’ve ever done.


What’s your FAULT?

I’ve got a few to be honest. I’m late to a thing quite often, that’s a big fault. And I’m terrible at texting back.



FAULT Magazine: FAULT’s Future Talent Project Editorial: 1

FAULT Magazine and London College of Style have teamed up to discover the best upcoming fashion styling talent London has to offer. In our series entitled “FAULT’s Future Talent Project” we’ve paired some of our photographers up with the top talent from the course to deliver the editorial below.


Photographer: AL&K
Stylists: Kirsty Walker & Jenny Holmes
MakeUp & Hair: Josie Chan
Model: Asa @ Next Models

AMTRAC’S “Stuck on a deserted Island” FAULT Playlist


Today’s FAULT playlist comes courtesy of producer, DJ, vocalist and all-round music genius that is Amtrac. Bred on the music of Pink Floyd, The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers, his eclectic taste make for an all-encompassing DJ set and this playlist is no different.

With his stream Running After/ No Order EP listens now in the hundreds of thousands, we’d highly suggest you give it a stream HERE and purchase a  copy for on the go HERE.

For now, sit back and enjoy Amtrac’s “Stuck on a deserted Island” themed FAULT playlist!

“you don’t really realize you’re gonna be stuck just yet, more so enjoying the solitude”

“curious as if anyone is here at all”

“thinking this could all be a dream…”
“the sun is setting, and everything becomes dark”

“your mind wanders”

“you drift away into a deep sleep”

“the sun starts to rise”

“dancing seems like a good idea”

“you think if tom hanks could do it, then so can I”

“no turning back now, might as well listen to this 11 minute masterpiece in all its glory”

‘Skyward Gravity’ – Exclusive Fault editorial



Dress: Sabinna ; Shirt: Naya Rea ; Skirt: Goioiza



Dress: Shao Yen ; Shirt: Juan Palomino



Dress: Goioiza ; Top and Skirt: Sister Jane



Coat: Sophie Cull Candy ; Gloves: Vintage



Skirt: Ashley Isham ; See-through Blue Skirt: Sophie Cull-Candy ; Yellow Dress: Sister Jane


Photographer: Zuzanna Zuonly

Stylist: Mirra Wesneski and Zuzanna Zuonly

MUA: Mario Brooksbank

Hair Stylist: Luca Jones

Model: Elle Dowling @Models 1

Competition: Win a pair of tickets to Schoolboy Q’s UK tour dates

Fancy winning tickets to Schoolboy Q’s UK tour dates? We have a pair to give away for each of the following dates!


11th December – Manchester Academy

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