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Ryan Tedder announces One Republic’s latest single, ‘Wherever I Go’

FAULT Issue 18 cover-star, Ryan Tedder has announced One Republic’s brand new single entitled ‘Wherever I Go’. Taken from their upcoming which is set to drop later this year, in an interview with Wonderland, Ryan had this to say, ‘It’s very much about obsession…It doesn’t personify the entire album and I think it’s going to really surprise people”.

The music video has been directed by Joseph Kahn who Ryan describes as ‘a bit of a mad kind of unicorn’. You’ll know Kahn’s name from his previous spellbinding direction on Britney Spears’Toxic’ and the Pussycat Dolls ‘When I Grow Up’. In that vein, should we expect to see a scantily clad One Republic gyrating on a plane/building site? Probably not, but one can dream…

‘Wherever I Go’ will impact radio play on May 24th.

FAULT Travel: Moderat, Gunnar Haslam and Copenhagen.

We flew into Copenhagen with a sense of excitement at the weekends activities ahead. A night of electronic delights at Culture Box club a government backed club (David Cameron please take note!) and then a Sunday night with Moderat at Vega which has played host to greats such as Bowie, Prince and Bjork to name but just a few.

 

We headed for dinner at Fiskebar (www.fiskebaren.dk) in the Meatpacking district, spot on cocktails, craft beers and beautiful mostly fish (obviously) small plates put together by head chef Jamie Lee who trained under Jason Atherton in London. Service is on point and the busy, bustling atmosphere made for a great warm up for our night in the Danish capital.

 

Just a few metres up the road is Warpigs (www.warpigs.dk), a cavernous metal/rock brew pub. They just so happened to be having their own birthday party that night and giving away 1000 beers, so we timed it perfectly! At the far end of Meatpacking is the always lively and one of the originals bars of the district ‘Jolene’. Free to get in and full to the rafters, great sound system and a disco/house set being played to a young and unpretentious crowd. We danced, we drank we were merry and we were also set up very nicely for the main event…

Gunnar Haslam is a New York based D.j/producer, if you like all things electronic, minimal and oh so very danceable then this is your bag. Having just released his 3rd LP Lebesque Measures and new floor smashing singles ‘Sirenik’ and ‘Hellegat’ on the Athabaskan Languages EP Gunnar is a hell of busy guy and his set didn’t disappoint. Flowing effortlessly through waves of sounds almost film set landscapes but with a driving kick drum that kept a pulsating room of international ravers dancing all night. Culture box is dark, sweaty and loud, perfect for the rhythms of electronica. Hats off to Gunnar it was a great a set, Culture Box ticked all the right boxes for a forward thinking club of this nature.

Having got home whilst the sun was rising above beautiful Copenhagen we did what all fine British people did and carried on drinking at the hotel before crashing and burning until the next afternoon where we arose to get ready for Moderat at Vega.

Moderat  of course made up of Modeselektor members Sebastian Szary and Gernot Bronsert and Apparat artist Sascha Ring. Unless you have had your head in the sand for the last few years you would know these guys are hotter than a white poker right now. Tickets for all their European tour gigs sold out in minutes, we were very lucky indeed to witness the kings  of electronica take to the stage to the adoring masses gathered in this 1500 capacity but intimate venue.

Sacha’s vocals combined with a one of the best light shows I’ve witnessed in a while were the perfect accompaniment to all the boys hits, they played them all here. The techno crafted ‘A new error’ floor pounding ‘Milk’ and current favourite ‘Reminder’ were all superbly performed. Five songs for an encore is enough to send even the most hard fans home happy so finishing on the classic ‘Bad Kingdom’ did just that.

Waking up on Monday still gushing over the Moderat set and feeling like we hadn’t eaten for an eternity we took a sunny stroll to Torvehallerne food market (www.torvehallernekbh.dk). An infinite amount of deliciousness housed all under a giant glass framework. Tortillas by an ex Noma chef, Prosecco and Charcuterie to follow, Smorgasbord, Coffee and Juices (the hangover special went down well) were our other pit stops they seem to have a stall for everyone and we were so full a lie down in the park and a little bit of Danish sun on our faces before we made the return journey to London. Thank you Moderat, Gunnar and Copenhagen (I think we LOVE you).

Words: LXN Collective

FAULT Weekly Playlist: Corbu

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New York’s newest export is Corbu, a psychedelic electronic outfit led by frontman Jonathan Graves. The band’s latest single “Polygon Forest” is a tripped out synth and plucked guitar led track that’s music to wake up to. The track appears off the band’s debut album “Crayon Soul,” which is expected for release later this year via Big Picnic. Before that, we asked Jonathan, aka the man behind the music, to share some of the tunes that inspire him.

KWKA – Still a Functioning Hypothesis
“KWKA is Mike Fridmann – we got into his music over the fall while mixing our record, and listened to his EP an embarrassing number of times on repeat. The electronics feel innocent, always light and playful, while the guitar is this grown-up, sensual monster that cuts through them. Listen on headphones.”

Matilde Devoli – Dust
“This song is an all-conquering force. I can’t really move when it’s on. We had no idea what time signature it’s in until I wrote to her on Twitter and asked her (it’s in 5). She played every instrument, mixed and mastered it herself, and it’s easily the best album we’ve heard all year.”

Yumi Zouma – The Brae
“This was on their first EP. We went to see them and sang along when there were about 10 other people in the crowd (before they opened for Lorde, etc). The combination of Kim Pflaum’s voice with that reverbed-out guitar is like infinite palm trees. Kim has a really promising solo project called Madeira, always looking forward to hearing her sing again.”

Matilde Devoli – Summer Ending
“Every track on this album (2015’s I’m Calling You From My Dreams) is perfect, but this one’s lazy, late-summer swagger fit best here. She’s becoming one of my favorite guitar players – everything is so tasteful, like the jazzy solo at 1:22. The synths and beat feel like classic Washed Out or Neon Indian, but the lush vocals and guitar keep it in her universe.”

Sunbeam Sound Machine – Wandering, I
“The feeling of being on summer vacation, and daydreaming about the next year of school and your new life, which feel so far away at the same time. Sunbeam Sound Machine are like Tame Impala with the attitude of Beach House. The lyrics have a lot of substance, for something so musically hazy.”

KWKA – Flood
“I lost a friend this past year, and the only thing I wanted to do was sit on my floor and listen to this song over and over. When life presents an emergency, you reach for the music you need to get you through it. I needed ‘Flood.'”

L’Impératrice – Agitations Tropicales
“And now for something completely different. Can anything be more perfectly French than this? Love how it sort of morphs into Daft Punk’s ‘Aerodynamic’ as it moves towards the end.”

Black Light Smoke – Out of Touch
“Jordan Lieb (Black Light Smoke) has more great songs on his hard drive than most bands have on their greatest hits records. This is one of his slow-burning, slowly melting ballads that makes you sink into the couch and sing along, half unconsciously. Go through his Soundcloud sometime and get lost in it.”

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FAULT Weekly Playlist: Twin Wave

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Twin Wave is a quintessential Brooklyn outfit that if you haven’t heard of them yet, then count this as the first of many times that you will. With a sound that fits somewhere between the dream pop of Future Islands and the retro rocker howl of the Police, Twin Wave’s latest single “Matador” sounds blissfully imported.

The trio, comprised of Nick Williams (vocals), Sarik Kumar (guitar) and Maxx Berkowitz (guitar), are expected to release a new five-track EP Pour Out The Dark later this summer, but before that we had the opportunity to ask the guys what songs inspire them and how Twin Wave’s psychedelic sound came to be.

Tears for Fears, “Pale Shelter”

“Pale Shelter” captures all the right sounds of the ‘80’s. The dark soaring minor vocals, heavy driving bass and the undeniably catchy shimmering guitars makes for the ultimate ‘New Wave’ groove track. I have a thing for strong grooves and minor melodies, and this song has it in spades! – Sarik

The War on Drugs, “Suffering”

I first heard this song around 2 or 3 AM hanging out in a cabin with some close friends during a Vermont snowstorm. As you can imagine, the slow beat and mesmerizing guitar parts set the mood just right. The song just covers you in this warm blanket of sonic space. I will always think of that moment when I hear this song. – Sarik

Sturgill Simpson, “Voices”

This one is a wild card since it is so far from our sound, but I am a massive fan of folk and country inspired music. When I first heard Sturgill Simpson’s album “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music” I think I had it on repeat for a week straight. The entire album is worth listening to, but the song “Voices” captures his something special — its deep, organic, real, Americana. – Sarik

Julien Baker, “Something”

When I first heard this buzzy singer-songwriter’s debut LP Sprained Ankle, I was in awe, and completely struck by the subtlety in her songwriting and the honesty of her sadness. At only 20 years old, her songwriting is so mature and developed, and with “Something” you’ll be instantly transported back to youthful days and first loves. Like “Skinny Love” for a new generation. – Nick

Caveman, “80 West”

I’ve been a Caveman fan since I heard their 2012 LP CoCo Beware but their new album is something of a true masterpiece – “80 West” is my favorite tune on it and I’m so glad it became the second single. Get on the highway, roll down the windows and let it rip. – Nick

Lewis Del Mar, “Malt Liquor”

This Rockaway duo are just the coolest and their blend of island-tinged electronic-folk is one of the most unique sounds I’ve heard in a long time. This standout from their debut EP brings me back to days of swigging ‘40s of Colt ‘45. Baby that’s all we need. – Nick

The Arcs, “Put A Flower in Your Pocket”

As a long time Black Keys fan, I love where Auerbach has pushed with his side project, sticking to the garage rock and blues roots, but bringing some extra polish and finesse to his signature sound. – Maxx

Darkside, “Heart”

Both Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington are sonic master. Their collaboration Darkside brings interesting rhythms, atmospheric synths and sharp rambling guitar together to make a cinematic soundscape. – Maxx

Explosions In The Sky, “Disintegration Anxiety”

Explosions In The Sky take cinematic to another level, all of their albums take you on a journey in sound from start to finish. “Disintegration Anxiety” off of their new album The Wilderness shows their amazing dynamics, multiple builds and falls. I have some memorably hazy nights blasting The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place on vinyl with my roommate in the basement of my first apartment in NYC. – Maxx

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FAULT Weekly Playlist: The Pheels

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The Pheels is the project of Atlanta natives Curtis Fields and Phil Jones (HAUNTED) who just earlier this month released their fuzzed out indie electronic single “The Heartbreaker.” You can think of The Pheels as Neon Indian’s more R&B inclined love child. As they prepare for the release of their likeWise EP, we asked Curtis and Phil to put together some of songs from their hometown of Atlanta that inspire them.

“The city of ATL is a living conundrum that represents a very important piece of the American Pie,” Curtis said over a quick email conversation. “As the Pheels, Phil and me draw as much attention to duality as coherently possible. The Trap scene has dominated for sooo long. And it did a great job of bringing people together to vibe, but it still facilitates a lot of division. Yet and still, people are gonna come together, one way or another and the new ATL scene displays that beautifully. From Dab to St. Beauty to Bosco to the Pheels, the Wave is coming. And so will you lol… Now goest ye forth and taketh thou this manifest.”

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Vanessa White Exclusive Photoshoot And Interview With FAULT Magazine

 

Vanessa White rose to fame as part of The Saturdays one of the UK’s best selling girl groups. Vanessa is now out on her own with a clear vision and mindset for her artistry. Listening to Vanessa White’s debut EP ‘Chapter One’ (which is out now) we are pleasantly surprised by Vanessa’s sound. ‘Chapter One’ is a million miles away from the sound we’re used to from The Saturdays and instead we’re chucking on a heavy denim and ‘Tims’ and swagging out to the 90’s RnB inspired tracks like Lipstick Kisses.

We sat down with Vanessa to go over her new sound and new solo career. Vanessa will also appear in our spring print issue – with more exclusive images.

 

 

Being in a girl group, it can be very hard to let your individual selves shine. Being in a group of 5 musicians makes it even harder. Did you ever feel it was hard to show off your personal flair while a member of The Saturdays?

“I wouldn’t say it was hard.  I think it was often my own decision to take a bit of a step back.  Like with interviews, when you’re in a group with four other people and you’re asked a question you’re always going to get people talking over each other so sometimes I didn’t mind being the person who wasn’t going to talk as much.  But I wouldn’t say it completely affected my personal flair, even though I’ve taken a very different direction with my solo music.  Anything around the music I always had an opinion on, but of course that opinion was split with the other girls. I’ve always been into the music that I’m doing now, but once again when you’re in a group you’re aware that you’re not necessarily going to record and perform the type of music you listen to everyday.  So I guess it was affected to an extent but not completely. I love live music and always have so whenever I get a chance I’m out at gigs checking out some of my favourite artists and brand new acts too.”

 

 

 

Is it harder as a soloist?

“I knew it was bound to be harder in ways being solo and not having the rest of the group there, but I’m allowed to express myself so much more which makes me feel so fulfilled, so in that respect it’s not harder, in fact it makes it feel easier.  And now I have an amazing team of talented writers, producers and creatives I work with and who I trust so much and really get me, such as Tre Jean-Marie who I worked on a lot of the EP with and Thomas Eriksen who I’ve known for years now.  I’ve also been in the studio with Snakehips, who I love. Then there is Rob Heppell, who is such an incredible director and created the visuals for ’Nostalgia’ and ‘Lipstick Kisses’  He also put together some stunning visuals specifically for my first live shows last month. It’s also nice getting to collaborate with other music artists too.  I did a refix of ‘Exchange’ by Bryson Tiller that I mixed a bit of KP & Envyi’s ’Swing My Way’ into.  I was obviously singing the track from a female perspective and wanted to get a male response into that too so I asked Kojey Radical do a verse on it, which is so sick, and we’ve performed the track live a couple of times now which was  amazing to be able to do. And Wretch 32 who obviously features on the track ‘Lipstick Kisses’ which dropped on the same day the EP was out which was a cool way to launch that.”

 

The music you’re releasing now is very different to the music you released as part of the Saturdays. Did you ever feel like your creative was stifled while part of the group?

“I don’t think it was stifled. The difference now is I just have a lot more free reign so I’m able to explore my creativity a lot more now I’m doing this thing on my own.”

 

 

Who/what are your main influences?

“Back in the day, growing up I was listening to stuff like Destiny’s Child, Aaliyah, Mariah, Janet Jackson, all of that kind of thing.  I still listen to a lot of that music but I’m also listening to a lot of Kehlani, Anderson Paak, Tinashe, Bryson Tiller and Ty Dollar Sign.  There are also a lot of things outside of music that influence me such as experiences and even places that have had a big impact on me.  Over Christmas I went to the Philippines, where my mum is from, for nearly a month and did a lot of island hopping while I was there. I was inspired by so much while I was out there as it has such an amazing and vibrant culture. Everything from the colours you see, the food, the music and the lifestyle too.  When I came back home from that trip I just became even more interested in the whole wider Asian vibe with the colours, flowers and different styles.  Also, on the trip I spent a lot of time on the beach and travelling between different places so I wasn’t really dressing up or wearing any make-up for a month, it was more of a simple, castaway feel so when I got back I immediately didn’t want to wear as much make-up, the lashes went and aren’t as long anymore so I really toned things down even more and I prefer it.”

 

 

Where do you want to see your career in 10 years?

“You know what, I’m just so excited about what’s happening now and what’s to come next after what’s happening now.  I have so many great ideas and things in the pipeline so I’m trying to take it all one step at a time and to enjoy the moments as they come.  I’m excited to put more music out there, to get on the road to give more people the chance to hear it live and seeing how that all naturally evolves. Music is such a huge part of my life so I hope I’m still doing all of what I love so much for years to come.”

 

What are your plans for the rest of 2016?

“For the rest of the year I’ll be putting out more new music, doing more live shows and some festivals hopefully.”

 

What is your FAULT?

“I’m a really big perfectionist, especially when it comes to music.  Even if it’s the tiniest little thing, I’ll never be happy until I feel it’s perfect.”

 

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FAULT Preview: Highly Suspect

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Rock-n-roll trio Highly Suspect have gone from playing cover sets in their hometown of Cape Cod to performing at Lollapalooza and SXSW in the blink of an eye. The Brooklyn based band has seen undeniable success over the past year and have now grown into their own as artists, after releasing their highly anticipated debut album. We catch up with Rich, the band’s bass player inside FAULT 23 to talk about their bright FAULT Future.

Let’s start from the beginning. You’ve started the band when you were only just out of school. What drove you towards it?

I was a builder and I had my own construction company and I was like, remodeling houses. I was doing pretty well, but once we started playing music, I realized that it’s something that we need to pursue.

At first, you played a lot of small bar shows and all that, to pay the bills and get the odd free beer in. What type of music were you going for in your early days?

We were playing a lot of reggae and some ska. We used to play a lot of Bob Marley, Sublime. Just beachy, summery, fun stuff that people could dance to. We didn’t have the kind of crowd that we have to day so we could play our own stuff. We had to play music for tourists.

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When you first got signed, what did it feel like to be the first rock band signed to 300?

It was amazing. We signed our record contract on a pool table. After we got picked out from all the other indie-rock bands, I just couldn’t contain my excitement. Especially since most of the artists signed to 300 are mainly hip-hop artists, so it was a big deal for us.

 

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Your album is rooted in personal experience. How important do you think personal discomfort is in order to make a good record?

The main thing on our album is like anxiety, panic attacks and negativity. That wasn’t our goal when we set out to make the album, but that was just the stuff that we were writing. I wouldn’t say that you have to have that to make an album, but anxiety definitely helps with your drive. It’s a lot of work.

 

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What is your FAULT?

Sometimes I can be too honest. A lot of times it’s totally unnecessary, but I just do it.

 

Words: Adina Ilie

Photography: Miles Holder

Styling: Edith Walker

Boy George Photoshoot & Interview For FAULT Magazine Issue 23 Cover

 

Within the court of British pop royalty, Boy George sits on top of a (impeccably decorated) throne. Throughout his decade-spanning career he’s topped charts, collaborated with superstars, travelled the world and seen more than his fair share of controversy. He can now be found judging Britain’s latest batch of new talent on BBC One’s The Voice.

Boy George appears on the cover of FAULT Magazine Issue 23 (available for preorder now). 

 

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Congratulations on your work on The Voice so far. Did you have any reservations about joining the show? 

Not really. I think my only reservation was how involved I would be with the people that I chose; whether I could have any kind of impact on what they did. And, to my surprise, it is very interactive. You can get as involved as you want to.

 

 

You’ve had your fair share of demons: drugs, incarceration, negative press attention. How has this shaped you and your music?

Everything that happens shapes you and influences what you do, but I don’t tend to focus on the past. Why would I look back? Difficult things inform my writing but – if you want other people to move on – then you have to move on yourself… I try to live in the now – it’s the only sensible time to live. Living in the past or future is a bit insane: sometimes, in relationships, people spend all their time worrying about what the other person’s thinking or feeling, and get so engrossed in it that they miss living. I think it’s important to live in the now and not focus too much on what went wrong. Just learn from it and move on.

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What else does the future hold in store for you?

[Culture Club} have got a tour coming up in the summer. I’m also doing stuff on my own: I’ve got a tour with Cyndi Lauper in about a month on the East Coast of America. At the moment I’m trying to build my empire, so anything’s possible.

 

Who excites you musically at the moment?

I really like Christine and The Queens. The music they make is really beautiful. It’s in French though, so it’s a bit difficult to understand, but you don’t really need to. I’ve also been getting back into Kate Bush: recently I came home, laid on the floor and listened to Hounds of Love in it’s entirety, and it was wonderful. You can really learn from the way people made records in the past. People had more freedom.

I like Stromae as well: I think he’s the best pop star at the moment. He’s really androgynous, and really out there.

 

Finally, what is your fault?

Where do we start! My weakness is probably…bread! Haha – I have no patience. I’m completely impatient.

 

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