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Pete Wentz for FAULT Magazine Issue 21

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Words NANCY LU
Photography ELISABETH CAREN @ AARDVARK AARTISTS
Stylist MAEVE REILLY @ THE ONLY AGENCY
Grooming COURTNEY HART
Production Otis @ AARDVARK AARTISTS

 

With a career spanning almost 15 years and a discography that includes six chart-topping albums, Fall Out Boy is a band that’s deeply rooted in the American consciousness. Some fans have grown up with the band and witnessed FOB’s constantly evolving sound while never missing a beat. Others are new fans, brought into the FOB fold via their 2013 comeback album ‘Save Rock and Roll’. At the helm of the band is lyricist/vocalist/bassist Pete Wentz, whose personal life at times has eclipsed his musical one. With the release of FOB’s sixth studio album American ‘Beauty/American Psycho’ and preparations for an upcoming Boys of Zummer tour with Wiz Khalifa, it seems that Pete is back on top and ready to charge full steam ahead. We had a chance to chat with Pete about FOB’s new album, their upcoming tour, and much more.

 

What’s one piece of advice you’d impart to aspiring musicians?

I’d say do it because you love it. Doing it to get famous or make money – there’s much easier roads to get those things. I think music can be really cathartic and an amazing experience but you gotta do it for the right reasons.
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What’s your current favourite TV show?

My favourite TV show is probably ‘Game of Thrones’ but they don’t have anyone on there with accents like mine on there. I don’t think I would watch it if I was on it [laughs].

 

How would you say your songwriting and music in general has evolved over the last six albums? Do you find it much easier or more difficult to write tunes at this point?

Sometimes we write pretty well together and it flows easily and sometimes it takes a little bit more time. It’s never not been that way. Everyone has families and different things in their lives that we all have to work around. That way logistically there’s more to deal with.

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Can you tell me more about the inspiration behind ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’?

We’re a band that has an interesting demographic of fans. We have a good group of fans that care about the album, packaging and all that goes with it so it’s important for us to deliver to that. There’s also something to be said about a body of work where it’s a snapshot of that moment in time. I think that ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’ is a take on a modern love story. It’s the idea that we kind of all have these smartphone and social media lives but we’re still disconnected and brightly lit by computer screens.

 

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Lion Babe Exclusive Interview/Photoshoot with FAULT Magazine

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White leather dress : 2nd day
White leather cropped jacket : 2nd day

Lion Babe are an act that seemed to appear overnight, yet had everyone talking. Born in New York, as the lovechild of singer/songwriter and performance artist Jillian Hervey, and instrumentalist and producer Lucas Goodman, they mix a spectrum of sounds, and stunning visuals, influenced by the likes of A Tribe Called Quest and Sergeant Pepper-era Beatles. With a fresh new music video for ‘Impossible‘ released today, an album later this year and a headline show at Heaven on November 24th, we sat down with the electric duo to find out more! 

Who/what are your main influences?

Jilian: Musically I think we both have an eclectic taste.  We’re both influenced by soul music and a lot of the stuff going on in the late 50s to 70s era. One of my favourite artists and performers is Josephine Baker. Our influences are always changing but there is definitely a strong influence from that era. Also, I use Tumblr loads so a lot of times that has introduced me to people that I look at as inspiring. Whether that’s based on their style or the quotes they have.

How do you incorporate these influences into your own music?

Lucas: We are just listening to loads of records and taking elements – like “oh I like that guitar” etc. We’ll either just do an actual sample or maybe listen to those records the day before we go to the studio and it usually just comes out. But, always with a new twist to it. Whether it’s something more futuristic, an electronic thing, or you know, just doing it a little differently than they probably would have back then.

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Denim button-down dress : Guess

How important are visuals to you?

Lucas: It is really important. It is the other half to our whole. For us, it has always been multimedia, in the sense that we want there to be two sides – whether that is in our videos or our shows.

Jilian: I come from a performance background [as the daughter of Vanessa Williams] and performance art was what I was doing before I met Lucas. I could never be just singing as I think visually. When we are writing songs, for me, it happens in unison. That’s my way of bringing to our world what I have been trained to do my whole life.

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Tailored navy blazer : Guess
Tailored navy trousers : Fillipa K
Vintage T-shirt : Lucas’ own

Lucas, before Lion Babe you were producing music as Astro Raw. How is the writing process now you work as part of a duo?

Lucas: I love it. It is so nice to have collaboration. When you are making beats by yourself it is totally cool because you’ve got your own vibe, but, as a duo we can turn it into something more than a beat and transform it into a song. Jilian is a naturally awesome song writer. The first time we ever really worked on something together it felt really good. When two brains are working on something twice as much happens. Sometimes we collaborate with another artist or producer and it’s amazing because three times as much is happening. It’s just more fun than being by yourself all the time [laughs].

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White faux fur jacket : Guess
Black leather peplum skirt : Guess

At the moment you are touring around the UK – how has that been?

Jilian: Last night we played in Manchester, at the Ruby Lounge, and it was a lot of fun because the crowd were so into it. It was so funny because people seemed to know the lyrics to new songs, and I have no idea how they know but they just know! [laughs] Maybe we have spies in the studio!

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Leather shirt : AG
Tailored navy trousers : Fillipa k

You are both from New York, what would you say were the main differences between the American and British music scenes?

Jilian: There is definitely a difference in the pacing of things. Things move faster here. The fact that Lion Babe is being played on the radio in the UK now is pretty exciting. When we first started we never thought our songs were going to be played on the radio. It is pretty cool to know that a country is embracing your sound and helping people discover you.

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Gold & Black fringed jacket : Tim Ryan
Black lace-up stiletto’s : Alexander White
Black silk jumpsuit : Dagmar ‘Romance
Never Dies’, gold ring : Meghan Farrell
Jewellery Black heart gold ring : Meghan Farrell Jewellery

Lion Babe has been collaborating with some big names (Pharrell, Mark Ronson etc.) who have strong recognisable styles. Did you ever worry that your own developing sound would be overlooked?

Lucas: Not really because the process of how these records were made involved so much conversation between us and them. With Pharrell we had a two day writing session with him in Miami. It was so surreal and exciting, especially for it to happen so early on for Lion Babe. He would be like ‘put together a riff and I’ll be back in two hours’. Then he’d come back and we would work out a rough song which we would then take back to New York add other elements to. It is a mix of flavours- you can hear Pharrell, but in the end it is definitely Lion Babe.

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What is your FAULT?

Jilian: I hate to admit this, but I am not the best at time management. Marilyn Monroe was also a Gemini and she had the same issue!

Lucas:
Just management in general (laughs)

The new single ‘Impossible’ out August 28th in the UK, preorder now http://po.st/WWiTYT . Out now ex UK. Listen to LION BABE on Spotify http://po.st/LBEPSpotify

 

 

Words  HENRIETTA SCRINE

Photography DANIEL SACHON

Fashion Editor RACHEL HOLLAND

Hair BIANCA SIMONE SCOTT

Make Up NICKY WEIR @ SARAH LAIRD USING BOBBI BROWN

NAILS KIONE GRANDISON

Fashion Assistant BELDA CHUNG

Frank Turner Releases 6th album – Positive Songs for Negative People

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It’s been years since Frank Turner has been on the bill for all the major festivals worldwide, all while filling venues like Wembley Stadium and Royal Albert Hall. Most artists nowadays can only hope for a second album, yet singer-songwriter Frank Turner is at his 6th and still going on strong. He played SXSW earlier this year, only to start the summer with 3 shows at Glastonbury to be followed up with the release of his much-anticipated record Positive Songs for Negative People in August.  FAULT caught up with the singer on his favourite tracks, recording on the road and everything that’s been going down in his career lately.

You’ve just played Glastonbury haven’t you? How was it? Word of mouth is that you’ve made quite the impression. 

It was hard work, I didn’t really get to hang out and enjoy the festival for what it was. I had three shows: one at the Other Stage and then I had one at Strummerville Campfire and another one at The Leftfield. And I can say that all of them were great.

What do you prefer most? Performing or recording? 

Performing definitely. I find recording very stressful.

Speaking of recording, you’re releasing your 6th album now. That’s an impressive number. Could you tell me in a few words how you’ve evolved as a musician over the past years? Who were you before your debut album release and who are you now before your 6th one? 

That’s hard to say in just a few words. Hopefully I’ve changed over the years. Probably the main difference is that I’ve gone better at writing songs and recording them and realizing ideas that I had in my head. That’s the main thing. I also collaborated with other musicians and I was also completely on my own, either on stage or in the recording studio. But over time, the band that I play with has solidified since 2008 and we got to know each other as musicians and we’ve become really tight as a band.  It made a big difference to my sound and my songwriting as well because I now know exactly who are my people.

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How did you go about putting it together? 

Well, the songs were kind of written on the road. So they came together slowly over the course of 2013-2014 really. We recorded the songs in Nashville, which was fantastic. It took me a long time to find the right producer; I had like this exact idea in my head.  We recorded kind of quickly and raw, in this sort of aggressive field trip.  I was thinking a lot about my debut album, cause it’s quite interesting. So, as I was saying, it took me a long time to find a producer and I finally got in touch with Butch Walker to get him to Nashville and make the record.

What was the most challenging bit that you’ve encountered while songwriting/ recording? 

Well, I think the most challenging bit was finding the right studio and producer. The songwriting was quite easy this time.  The previous record I did was quite introspective and there was a sense of liberation when I started writing on this album, it’s a record about survival, about standing up.  And we made the record in 9 days, totally smashed it out, which felt really good.  The difficult bit was just getting the right conditions in place to make the record.

It’s also a very personal album. Which track is your favourite? 

Every song has kind of an emotional aspect to it, I find it really hard to choose a favourite.

Not necessarily picking a favourite, but of the whole bunch, is there one in particular that you’re emotionally attached to?

Well, let me think. My favourite set of lyrics on the record is from a song called Josephine. Sometimes I write songs that I find hard to explain what they’re about, which strikes me as a good thing. But that implies that it’s a piece of poetry that needs to be written, if you can’t explain what a song’s about without listening to it, it’s proof that it needs to exist.

Of all your discography, if you were to choose two songs that would nearly fully introduce people to yourself and your sound, which ones would you go for and why? 

Again, that’s a hard question. But I guess that one of the songs that’s very special to me is the first song on Love Ire & Song, my second album, which is called I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous. That song captured a moment in time and it was one of the first songs that I released on which I felt like a proper songwriter. It just felt like I achieved something that was worthwhile. And then it’s, probably still one of my most popular songs, I Still Believe. People enjoy it and it’s a celebration of music

What else do you have in store for the rest of 2015? 

Well, once the album is out, I’m basically gonna be on tour for the rest of my life. I’m already booked until the beginning of next summer. And probably for the whole of next year as well. So once the album is out, I can’t wait to go back to what I think I do best and certainly what’s my favourite part of it all, which is go out there and tour.

Lastly, what is your FAULT? 

So many to choose from.  Well, my mate for quite a while called James is currently dying and he wrote a poem about his impending death. One of the lines said, “I should have been more kind.” And I think that there are definitely times when I could be more considerate to the people in my life and I feel bad for not doing that.

Words: Alina Ilie

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.
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Bad parenting. Public school. Being a failure. What’s yours?…

Photography: Miles Holder
Words: Juliana Piskorz

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LXN – FAULT MAGAZINE – STANDON CALLING

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When you take a look at the sheer calibre and diversity of the acts performing at Standon Calling this year, it’s easy to see why independent festivals have boosted the UK economy by £1bn in the last four years alone. That’s quite a sobering thought to let hang over your head for a minute – especially when you consider that it’s largely born of our love for hanging out of our arses being anything but sober for a weekend.

This is a festival that we’ve not been to before, so we don’t really know what to expect. What we do know is that after beginning life as a Birthday BBQ for founder Alex Trenchard back in 2001, it’s evolved into the weird and wonderful, 5000 capacity spectacle that awaits us.

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Standon celebrates its official 10th anniversary this year, and has settled on a Wild West theme they’re calling: ‘The Town of Two Faces’. By day we’re promised dog shows, a Hillbilly Hoe-down, creepy Taxidermy classes, sweaty Rockaoke and the chance to mosaic our own Tombstone thanks to the boundary pushing art collective, The Treatment Rooms.  By night, we hear it will be a very different story in their resident Cowshed nightclub, where we’re hoping to catch sets from The 2 Bears and Bondax.

The line up is a mixed bag, covering everything from the alt-rock of The Dandy Warhols, rap artist Roots Manuva and the scuzzy rock sounds of Kieran Leonard. Witness the fitness, indeed. We’re going to embrace the pick n mix vibe and try to take it all in as it’s such a small festival – but we’re putting a bit of time aside to make sure we’ve got the stage times for Basement Jaxx, The Horrors, Staves and Prides down.

All we can hope is that the Wild West theme doesn’t mean that we’re going to find ourselves standing in a sea of glittery Stetsons, feeling like we’ve accidentally stumbled upon a flash mob of middle aged women on a Hen do in Blackpool – or worse still, like we’re in a 90s Steps video. Which we’re 99% sure it won’t.   

Either way, it’s a good excuse for us to dust off those leather chaps and get reacquainted with the idyllic Hertfordshire countryside and dance away the effects of the Giant Filled Yorkshire Pudding that we’re almost certainly going to be smashing our faces into on a daily basis.

It’s safe to say that we’ll definitely be giving the outdoor pool a miss.

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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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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