Heyrocco – Our latest FAULT Future proving that grunge isn’t dead

 

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American grunge band ‘Heyrocco‘ caught FAULT’s radar a while back while back after we read an article claiming that ‘grunge’ was dead. Obviously we disagreed and made the decision to make sure our next FAULT Future was a credible grunge act. So, where better to look than South Carolina which has produced some of the world’s most notable musicians. Finally, we found HeyRocco who coincidentally were touring in the UK so we caught up with the band to chat music and prove that grunge still has its place within the music industry. A great band to photograph and hilarious to interview, allow us to introduce you to Heyrocco.


Tell us a little about yourselves, when and how did you form?


Like a rash we formed right in the white-trash upper outskirts of Charleston. Spreading up and down coasts from the east to the west playing every shit hole from here to hell. We was six strings from homeless!

‘Heyrocco’ is quite an unusual choice of name, what’s the significance behind it and what does it mean?


We usually tell people it was Cool’s pet turtle, but the name was honestly inspired by a Mexican restaurant

South Carolina is home to a wide range of musical talent, from Band of Horses to James Brown, is there a particular band or artists that inspired you to start your own band?

Jimi Hendrix Experience – they’re from South Carolina!

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You describe your sound quite unusually as ‘Disney Grunge’ what do you mean by that and what kind of sound are you envisioning?

The name came from our current debut album Teenage Movie Soundtrack. The album consists of melodies inspired by animated Disney classics with tones straight out of a genre commonly known as Grunge.

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How have you enjoyed touring around the UK, have you noticed a difference between American and British fans?

Everywhere is very much the same. You have your basic fans, your fangirls, drunk dads, sober dads, cool guy promoters, hopefully laid back sound guys, sketchy close-talkers, overly sexual photographers and a non-present Jimmy Page.

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Do you have a favourite gig so far? Which show do you look back on as your stand out and why?

We enjoy playing music anywhere it is the most fun we have. Especially the UK and Europe, they take care of bands. We just got 50 drink tickets in Holland…Something always goes down in Scotland. Both visits have been down to the bottom of every bottle. Crowds like to party there, they don’t give a fuck about taking a picture or sending a tweet, it’s incredible really. They dig extremities of out-there music.
_13-piece-4Finally, what is your FAULT?
Bad parenting. Public school. Being a failure. What’s yours?…

Photography: Miles Holder
Words: Juliana Piskorz

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Billie Piper Is FAULT Issue 21’s STYLE Cover-Star

Photography MARK CANT Fashion Editor RACHEL HOLLAND Words Olivia Pinnock  Makeup NICKY WEIR @ SARAH LAIRD USING BOBBI BROWN Hair TAKUYA MORIMOTO @ BROOKS AND BROOKS USING L’OREAL PROFESSIONAL Nails DIANA DRUMMOND @ NAILS BY BAPTISTE AGENCY USING CHANEL ROUGE NOIR AND ESSIE MADEMOISELLE Photographer’s Assistant JACOB SNYMAN Fashion Assistant BELDA CHUNG

Photography MARK CANT
Fashion Editor RACHEL HOLLAND
Words OLIVIA PINNOCK
Makeup NICKY WEIR @ SARAH LAIRD USING BOBBI BROWN
Hair TAKUYA MORIMOTO @ BROOKS AND BROOKS USING L’OREAL PROFESSIONAL
Nails DIANA DRUMMOND @ NAILS BY BAPTISTE AGENCY USING CHANEL ROUGE NOIR AND ESSIE MADEMOISELLE
Photographer’s Assistant JACOB SNYMAN
Fashion Assistant BELDA CHUNG

 

How did Billie Piper get to where she is today; starring in Showtime’s high-budget  horror Penny Dreadful with top names in the industry? FAULT talks pop beginnings, wild teenage years and how acting was always the plan. It feels like only yesterday we were putting on our best pair of cargo trousers and singing ‘Because We Want To’ into our hair brushes but Billie Piper, the teenage pop princess, grew up into one of British television’s favourite actresses. With two platinum albums, 70 award wins and nominations and two children already in the bag by 32, is she a go-getting, force to be reckoned with? No, says Billie, she’s just restless.

FAULT Issue 21 features the star on our internal Style cover and we chat Penny Dreadful, upcoming movies and what it takes to go from teen POP-star to simply a popular culture icon – Only available in Issue 21!

Purple Latex Lace Coat: Holly Fulton Leopard Print Bralet: Base Range Black Pants: Base Range Fishnet Tights: Wolford Green Suede Boots by Robert Clergerie Photographed in Suite 610 at the South Place Hotel

Purple Latex Lace Coat: Holly Fulton
Leopard Print Bralet: Base Range
Black Pants: Base Range
Fishnet Tights: Wolford
Green Suede Boots by Robert Clergerie
Photographed in Suite 610 at the South Place Hotel

 

What was the hardest thing about becoming famous at such a young age?

Never being able to just walk around normally. And when you’re a pop star you’re always on duty. You’re suddenly a role model even though you don’t start out with ambitions of being a role model and also you’re a fallible mess yourself. So trying to keep some resemblance of togetherness and good behavior was just shit as a teenager.

Mostly that you couldn’t walk anywhere without people wanting pictures and autographs and I found that so suffocating. We all did at that time. I went out with Rich from Five and we used to just sit in our flat for days, if we weren’t working, and never leave. It made you really reclusive. That’s the stuff I hated.

 

Black & White Blazer: Escada Black Mesh Top: Aries Black Suit Trousers: ISSA  Boots with gold heel: Antiana

Black & White Blazer: Escada
Black Mesh Top: Aries
Black Suit Trousers: ISSA
Boots with gold heel: Antiana

 

What have been some of your favourite acting projects?

I love them all to be honest. I’d say I’ve had some of my best times doing plays. I’ll always

have an enormous soft spot for Dr Who. That was a gift as a job and everyone was so nice which is rare. I loved Secret Diary because it was mad and loose and other-worldly.

You’re playing Lily Frankenstein in Penny Dreadful which is out at the moment. It’s a bit similar to Dr Who with its supernatural elements. Is that something you enjoy?

It’s funny that I get cast in things like that, it’s either prostitutes or time travelers!

Black leather top: Amanda Wakeley Black Leather Jacket: BLK DNM Gold Spike Earring: Majdan Rocks Small Gold Hoops: Billie’s Own

Black leather top: Amanda Wakeley
Black Leather Jacket: BLK DNM
Gold Spike Earring: Majdan Rocks
Small Gold Hoops: Billie’s Own

 

You’re playing Lily Frankenstein in Penny Dreadful which is out at the moment. It’s a bit similar to Dr Who with its supernatural elements. Is that something you enjoy?

It’s funny that I get cast in things like that, it’s either prostitutes or time travelers!

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Is that something you would advise your children on?

Yeah, I think I’d be quite firm about it. I don’t know that I’d let my children get involved in that world until they’re about 16 or 17. But who knows?! Because if they were really dedicated and really gun-ho and passionate about it then you just support that but if you’ve got a kid who just wants to be famous I would just totally rule that out.

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Jennifer Davies Exclusive photoshoot & interview with FAULT Online!

Jacket: Tim Ryan
Dress: House of CB

Jennifer Davies is an artist who is pushing the boundaries of how music and visuals come together. With the release of her ‘Lapse of Time’ EP, Davies has created a video accompaniment for each track, all directed by Peter Wormleighton. All the music was produced with close friend Tord Knudsen of The Wombats, and the collision of dance beats and thunder-strike vocals bring to mind the punk-pop of Blondie and Gwen Stefani.
How did your debut ‘Lapse of Time’ come into being?

My background was always in bands, and when that came to an end I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I was signed as a solo artist but it just wasn’t sitting right with me, so I took the decision 18 months ago to be honest with the label about how I felt. I knew full-well that they could just let me go but my friend Tord Knudsen (who is in The Wombats) had worked with me on a few songs and I felt really good about them. I asked the label for the opportunity to see where I could take them, and decided that if the label didn’t get it we could go our separate ways. Thankfully they did!

Your creative process seems to be really innovative, and constantly evolving. How did it grow from those initial demos?

Having taken control of the music side of things, I started to wonder what would happen if I worked with other young creatives that I knew. A lot of major labels just go to the same people they’ve worked with for years and often it’s not that exciting. I wanted to prove that you can’t buy creativity, and it felt like a good time to collaborate with other people on the cusp of a creative breakthrough. Each video has been directed by my friend Peter Wormleighton, and styled by my friend Nabil El-Nayal, who was shortlisted for the LVMH Fashion Prize.

Jacket & Trousers: JH Zane Shoes: United Nude

Jacket & Trousers: JH Zane
Shoes: United Nude

Who have been the biggest influence on your sound?

A lot of pop artists! I feel like ‘pop’ is often seen as bit of a dirty word, but pop culture can be so exciting. I’m drawn to all sorts of things; Garbage and Shirley Manson, Gwen Stefani, Blondie. I really like pop music with personality- and I approach it with a punk aesthetic. I don’t care if people get it or not; if the passion is there, people can see it and they will connect with it.

The visuals of your music are obviously very important to you. How do you approach them?

There are a lot of different ways I go about it. For ‘Lapse of Time’, I was really influenced by Madonna’s ‘Ray of Light’. The piano element that repeats throughout the song reminded me of people rushing around the city. I loved that idea of the contrast between the city in Liverpool, and then the vast landscapes of the North West (where I’m from.) We paired up with this young photographer named Paul Richardson and he came up with this idea of me actually being in the time-lapse. I didn’t realise when I agreed to it that it would mean standing in the same place for hours and hours outside in the cold (laughs) but I love the effect! I think everyone on my team just loves the idea of these epic visuals and it’s great to all be moving in the same creative direction.

Dress: House of CB Top & skirt: Jane Bowler Shoes: United Nude

Dress: House of CB
Top & skirt: Jane Bowler
Shoes: United Nude

With the release of the album, you’ll obviously be starting to do a lot more live performance. Is that notion of ‘epic visuals’ something you hope to take forward to the stage?

Yes definitely! To begin with, I guess it will be quite hard because it will mostly be support slots and small festivals but I’d love to just take it all the way. I saw FKA Twigs performing on Jimmy Kimmel with just a fan and this giant piece of fabric and it was amazing. I think all you need is a simple idea, and if you execute it really well, you can make a performance so memorable.

Have you always wanted to be a musician and performer?

For me it actually started with movement – I always loved to dance. Eventually I started playing piano, and I would take the songs I liked and strip them down, and then start writing my own from there. My Dad ended up getting me this broken-down, second-hand piano and I never looked back! (laughs)

 

Top & Skirt: Jane Bowler

Top & Skirt: Jane Bowler

So what’s next?

Well at the moment we’re actually working on an interactive video. We basically picked five different amazing locations and have done a single take in each, deciding that the camera would roll and I would carry on no matter what. I nearly got run over by an ambulance but it’s looking good! (laughs) I’m then supporting The Wombats on a few of their dates, and then playing a few festivals, and looking forward to finally finishing the album!

What is your FAULT?

I over-think things way too much. I know I’m guilty of it and I try to stop it but I just can’t. It’s another FAULT that’s not going anywhere!

The Lapse of Time EP is available on iTunes and as a free download: here

 

Photography: Miles Holder

Fashion Editor: Kristine Kilty @ Lovely Management

Hair & Makeup: Amy Brandon @ Lovely Management 

Fashion Assistant: Shannon McGrath

Words: Will Ballantyne-Reid

 

The Janoskians For FAULT Issue 21 – What it takes to be POPular in the Digital age

 

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Photography: Leigh Keily
Styling: Vesa Perakyla
Grooming: Daniel Rymer Robinson

We are now well and truly settled into the era of “Online Stars.” Since it’s inception in 2004 and subsequent mass following in the years that followed, YouTube has helped launch the careers for many of today’s notable public figures and celebrities. Enter Janoskians, (Just Another Name Of Silly Kids In Another Nation) were five teenagers from Melbourne who shot to the ever elusive “internet fame” in 2011. After amassing over 1.8  million subscribers, their international following is arguably reminiscent of the 1960’s Beatlesmania.

We chat with one of the first teen sensations of the digital age about what it means to be POPular and how sustainable that popularity can be…

 

FAULT: Do you have a close connection to your fans when you’re performing live?

Janoskians: Yeah. I think it’s because of social media, that’s a way for us to connect with our fans on a personal level. It’s a really cool to connect through Twitter, Instagram, that sort of stuff. It’s a way for us to connect on a personal level. It’s not in your inbox anymore, it’s not checking your mail, you just have to check your phone and start replying to fans. It’s really cool that we’ve managed to do that through social media.

 You released ‘Would you love me’ earlier this year, do you prefer recording? What’s your recording experience like?

Janoskians: I really love getting into the studio and being creative and just having a chill out moment with the boys, sorting out whatever’s on our minds and getting that onto the tracks. I really enjoy that process as well. Getting funny in the studio as well and letting everything out.

When you started on YouTube, did you ever forsee that it would lead into an album and you performing live in front of all your adoring fans worldwide? And not just in your home, but selling out shows in England?

I’d never even imagined us performing a gig at a club in Melbourne. Touring the whole world and performing to all these people is really crazy.

Read and see more images from this shoot exclusively in FAULT Magazine issue 21! 

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Adam Lamber X Nick Jonas covers

Nick Jonas Photographed by Matt Holyoak and styled by Kristine Kilty
Adam Lamber Photographed by Giuliano Bekor and styled by Avo Yermagyan

FAULT Magazine  – The POP Issue – proudly presents exclusive shoots and interviews with:

Adam Lambert

Nick Jonas

Pete Wentz

Sofia Richie

Leona Lewis 

Bleachers

Conor Maynard 

Lion Babe 

Prides 

Chloe Howl

Janoskians 

Billie Piper 

and many more…

Plus a FAULTless selection of Film, Fashion, Music & Photography encompassing what it means to be “Pop”. From popular music to  pop art to popular figures who have amassed  large followings throughout the years. Also included in this double cover issue are the two artists that gained great popularity among  FAULT readers.

Nick Jonas first appeared on FAULT #16 as part of The Jonas Brothers and Adam Lambert appeared on the cover of FAULT #10. A lot has changed for these two cover stars since their respective features in FAULT but still our readers lusted to see them both return to our pages and so we listened. We are very proud to present FAULT Issue 21 – The POP Issue.

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Adam Lambert Returns to the cover of FAULT Magazine!

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Photography GIULIANO BEKOR
Stylist AVO YERMAGYAN
Grooming PAUL BLANCH @ OPUS BEAUTY USING KEVYN AUCOIN
Producer LEAH BLEWITT
Words: WILL BALLANTYNE-REID

 

 

 

Adam Lambert is one of our ultimate FAULT Favourites, and one of yours too. In fact, last time we had him on our cover- for Issue 10 in 2012- our website went into overdrive and crashed ( we have now updated our servers)!

Adam recently released ‘Ghost Town’, the first single taken from The Original High, which has been executive-produced by legendary hit-makers Max Martin and Shellback. Within minutes, the track title was trending worldwide, and in just five days the lyric video for ‘Ghost Town’ had been streamed over a million times.

We had a great old catch up with Adam to find out what he’s been up to this past 3 years!

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What are the main themes for this album?

It’s about the pursuit of happiness. We all have something that gives us pleasure, but that thing can sometimes turn on you and put you through Hell. Each song comes back to that.

It’s interesting because I feel each of your albums almost belongs to a different chapter of your life – from American Idol, to RCA, and now to Warner Bros. Do you feel you’ve grown up a lot over the course of your music career?

Definitely. I feel a lot more grounded, and more comfortable in my skin. I think I feel more confident in my talent than I did before, and more clear in my direction. I don’t feel I have to assert myself as much, which means there’s a lot less ego in the music.

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Do you feel that this album has that same sentiment to it, in terms of being more stripped down?

 I wanted to strip it back, having been so over-the-top. When I started I was constantly trying to create something, but now I want it to be like real-life…I want people to know what I’m really about. 

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Conor Maynard poses for an Exclusive Photoshoot for FAULT Online

Miles Holder

Jacket:Scotch and Soda
Tshirt: Penfield
Jeans: Waven
Boots: Redwing

 

 

 

At just 21 years old Conor Maynard has already scored five top ten singles and a number one album, with massive hits such as ‘Can’t Say No’, ‘Turn Around’ and ‘R U Crazy’ to his name. Since his debut in 2012, which featured the likes of Ne-Yo, Frank Ocean, and Pharrell Williams, Conor has toured with will.i,am and Jason Derulo, all whilst working on his second album, which is due for release this year. Recently he released Talking About, the first track from his sophomore release, featuring Craig David.

We sat down with Conor to discuss childhood icons, changing his sound, break-ups and breaking the mould.

Sweater: Ben Sherman Tshirt: Element Jeans:Waven Boots: Conor’s own

Sweater: Ben Sherman
Tshirt: Element
Jeans:Waven
Boots: Conor’s own

Do you feel that this time you’re writing with a lot more life experience under your belt?

Yeah definitely! First time around, I had only just moved out of my parents’ house, moved to London and it was all happening. This time around, I’ve been through a lot more- I’ve had girlfriends, break-ups, and I think that comes across in the music.

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Jacket: Scotch & Soda
Top: Our Legacy
Jeans: Waven
Boots: Redwing

Whilst you have been working on this record, you’ve been touring the world. Is the live experience something you really enjoy? 

I always say my favourite aspects of being an artist are a) writing in the studio, and b) performing live. On the one hand, you’re writing this music and you’re the only one who can hear it, sometimes without realising you’re actually writing the next hit single. Then on the other hand, you’re performing a track to a crowd, hearing them sing back lyrics you wrote six months, maybe even a year, ago. It’s a really cool feeling.

What else can we expect from this album?

It’s a very versatile album. Some fans love the upbeat, up-tempo records, but some fans love the stripped-back, acoustic tracks. I think I just want my fans to realise that there will be a real range on this album. I’ve tried to make sure there’s a track for everyone [laughs]

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Shirt: Our Legacy
Jeans: Waven
Shoes: Conor’s own

Your latest single from the album, Talking About, features Craig David. How did that come about?

I’ve always been a big Craig David fan. Whilst working on this album, there was one day when my manager and I were sitting in the studio and we were almost a bit down because we had all these tracks ready to go, but just didn’t have that one song to really kick things off. Then this song came through and it was just the one!

It was risky because it’s a bit different – it’s house-influenced, it has the drop in it– but we went ahead, I recorded it, and a few days later we heard that he had listened to it and loved it.

Are there any dream collaborators you have in mind for the future?

I’d love to work with John Mayer; it’s quite random I know, but I think his Continuum album is one of the best out there. He comes across as a really cool, down to earth guy so I keep dropping his name in interviews, hoping to make it happen [laughs]

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Jacket: Musee Noir
Sweater: Ben Sherman
Jeans: Waven
Boots: Redwing

Finally, what is your FAULT?

Where to begin? [laughs] I guess I can be a bit lazy – I will make excuses to leave the studio early, just because I want to go home and get to bed!

Words: Will Ballantyne-Reid

Photographer: Miles Holder

Fashion Editor: Kristine Kilty @ Lovely Management

Grooming: Amy Brandon @ Lovely Management

Fashion Assistant: Shannon McGrath

FAULT Favourite Flo Morrissey releases debut album ‘Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful’

 

FAULT Favourite Flo Morrissey, who we featured for FAULT Online in March, will be releasing her debut album ‘Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful‘ next week, on Monday 15th June (Glassnote Records.)

Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful, (Glassnote Records), released June 15th

Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful, (Glassnote Records), released June 15th

We were able to have a listen to the record before Flo releases it into the world and it is a remarkably strong statement for a debuting artist (especially one who is only 20 years old.) Her voice is haunting and unique, richly retro-inspired, and hallmarked with the influence of Kate Bush, Devendra Banhart, Bjork, and Jeff Buckley. Her lyrics have a child-like fragility, and we see her exploring the journey into adulthood (especially pertinent given that she herself is on the cusp of a similar leap into the spotlight.) ‘Pages of Gold‘ and ‘Show Me‘ are statement tracks, with pop-power and surging melodies, whilst ‘Wildflower‘ and title-track ‘Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful‘ are somehow both ghostly and anthemic- an unexpected and beautiful balancing act. ‘Why’ almost teeters too far into fairytale-territory, with it’s lilting melody reminiscent of the Disney score for Sleeping Beauty (perhaps this particular reference says more about me than Morrissey), but its searching vocals are intriguing and anchor the track in emotion and experience. It is impossible to ignore the force of Morrissey’s artistry, and just how enchanting her voice truly is. Full of range, story-telling character, and effortless stylistic variations, we have no doubt she will continue to captivate as this album finally reaches its eagerly-awaiting public.

Revisit our exclusive feature with Flo here, with photographs by Kurtiss Lloyd.

Flo Morrissey, photographed exclusively for FAULT Online by Kurtiss Lloyd in March 2015.

Flo Morrissey, photographed exclusively for FAULT Online by Kurtiss Lloyd in March 2015.