The Brian Jonestown Massacre release ‘+ -‘ EP TODAY – 10th Nov ’14

 

BJM

The BJM‘s new EP, ‘+-‘ (that’s right: plus minus), is out today – and it’s a cracker. While we’re pretty sure that Anton (Newcombe, the front man and sole consistent member of what has eventually become more of a musical collective and general concept) was just trying to fuck with music writers everywhere when he decided on the internet-unfriendly name for the record, his latest offering shows few other signs of messing about.

+- is a return to the classic, timelessly awesome style that saw the BJM establish themselves as the figurehead for ‘real’, guitar driven, psychedelic rock music way back in 1990. Anton and co have largely eschewed the changing trends and passing fashions of the hits list ever since and the release of their latest full album, Revelations, earlier this year stands as a testimony to their enduring popularity with an admittedly niche but definitely devoted audience.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre for FAULT Issue 11

The Brian Jonestown Massacre, as featured in FAULT Issue 11

The +- EP has since been released off the back of a highly successful European tour, which cemented Anton’s undisputed position as the ‘Granddaddy of Psych’, and exhibits both the trademark tones and wide-reaching diversity of the BJM at their best. A key influence for the likes of the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the Horrors, Tame Impala, the Black Angels and many more, a simple call to action for on-the-fence readers is that all-too-clichéd come-on: “You’ve tried the rest, why not sample the best?”*

*Ed: OK, so we may have overplayed our hand a bit there because there’s no real ‘best’ out of those bands. But the BJM, and this EP in particular, are pretty damn good.

10” – Tracklisting:
 
SIDE A 
1. Heat
2. Everything Was Very Simple
SIDE B 
1. Reconstruction
Have a listen to ‘Heat’ below:
The digital download version contains an extra track called ‘Leave It Alone’.

The Reverb Conspiracy Album Review

Out of the late 60s, drug-induced Woodstock haze in America came the new music/art genre of Psych Rock.  Pioneered by bands such as Jefferson Airplane and The Doors, we at FAULT have been privileged enough to oversee its modern day revival in the form of The Reverberation Appreciation Society.

Austin Psychfest & the Reverberation Appreciation Society in FAULT Issue 11

The Reverberation Appreciation Society, founded by Christian Bland, Alex Maas, Oswald James and Rob Fitzpatrick is exactly what it says on the tin. When you mix lots of reverb, trippy rock sounds and four guys with an appreciation for the people who make them, what do you get? Austin Psych Fest – the festival started in 2008 by The Reverberation Appreciation Society to showcase some of the genre’s best and brightest talent right in the heart of one of its birthplaces – Austin, Texas. Bands that have previously played the festival include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Black Lips and Beach Fossils, with Warpaint, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Black Angels and Acid Mothers Temple already announced to play in 2013.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre in FAULT Issue 11

FAULT interviewed Christian Bland and Rob Fitzpatrick, as well as 2012 headliners The Brian Jonestown Massacre, for our Underground Issue (Issue #11) earlier in the year to delve deeper into the festival’s history and the two founders’ visions for the future of Psych Rock. What they didn’t tell us in the Summer Issue is that they’ve been busy collaborating with Fuzz Club Records on the first in a series of European Psych Rock compilation albums: The Reverb Conspiracy – Vol 1.

The Reverb Conspiracy – Volume 1

The Reverb Conspiracy – Vol 1 is a double LP available as a digital download and also in limited quantity on white vinyl – the perfect format for the album considering the importance of art within the genre. It is also a decision which shows its producers have taken into consideration the unrivalled sound quality of vinyl. The double LP opens with Black Market Karma’s ‘Weightless’ which shares a warm nostalgic resemblance to MGMT’s ‘Pieces of What’. The band, which formed in London in 2007 liken themselves to My Bloody Valentine, Nirvana and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – which is apparent from their song composition. ‘ Weightless’ is taken from their first album Comatose where other tracks such as ‘March’ share similarities with new Indie band on the block Peace with their close vocal and guitar styles.

The Reverb Conspiracy – Vol 1 has been carefully put together with no songs feeling out of place. From the first track there is a consistent flow through soundscapes, samples and a build up into heavier sounds towards the end of the first LP. The second LP has been approached more delicately and features one of the best songs on the compilation: Lola Colt – ‘Diamonds’, as well as The Underground Youth – ‘I Need You’ – both of which will appeal to fans of The Cure, Sonic Youth or early New Order. The Underground Youth, a Manchester-based band inspired by Shoegaze and Psychadelic Rock that have been described as “combining psychedelic and raw garage sounds with a hauntingly beautiful twist”, are particularly worth checking out.

The compilation album’s epic 19-track list is a great documentation of the Psych Rock genre, coming to a head with Dead Rabbits’ dreamy, Oasis-reminiscent ‘When I’m Blue’ with Hammond organ interludes and strong influences of early 90s Rock. Although this LP is primarily aimed at devoted followers of the Psych Rock genre, given that both so-called Indie and Pop music have always taken varying levels of influence from psychedelic music it is a great entry point for more mainstream listeners to hear some brilliant bands that are still playing under the radar in the UK and Europe.

The Reverb Conspiracy – Vol 1 is on sale now from austinpsychfest.com and fuzzclubmusic.com with 25% of proceeds going to Child’s i Foundation that help abandoned children in Uganda: childsifoundation.org

 

WORDS BY REBECCA HOPKINS

Rico’s last post for FAULT this Summer – and the best of your music suggestions

Hey guys, I’m overdue for some updates. So here goes!

Well the past three months have been – Kraazy! Except for a 3-week break, the summer screamed by – seems I have been “flying” much of the time.

In early July (3-11), I was on the runway in Berlin with my bro Shaun Ross as we opened the Mercedes Benz Berlin Fashion week. Think Denim and that was the kind of organic stuff we wore for the designers. But the music and cultural scene in Berlin is amazing! I opened that week with some DJ jamming fun!

Photo: Colin Singer for FAULT Issue 11

All that summer heat makes me want to listen to something old school…like Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You” is such a 50s classic! Hawkins is an insane rock legend. Check him out!

After Berlin I was on the road to the Comic Convention in San Diego July 13-16. Could you believe my new collectible Zombie Doll sold out in one day:D? After that party, we headed north to the Venice Beach Freak Show and I’m not gonna hide the reality: this gig was dope fun!

More recently, I was in Switzerland to work with Giahi Tattoo and Piercing, the largest players in the Jewellery and Body Piercing business before I came down for New York fashion week where I attended the usual mix of amazing shows and after parties.

I was in Vancouver these past two days and now I’m back in Montreal for some much-needed downtime after all the fashion week craziness. But I will stay in touch! – I’ve got some great surprises for you guys so watch out and check the web site www.rickgenest.com for updates :DX

This is my last post with the great team at FAULT so I’m gonna give a heads up on a couple of my fav music submissions over the last couple months.

First up, some cool digital beats from Germany-based electro artist Lumadroid:

I could drop this as an opening track to one of my sets so listen out for it!

Next up is last year’s winner of Pittsburgh’s Under 21 Best Hip-hop Artist award, LiL-D Da Prince. Check this kid out – he’s really going somewhere!

http://youtube.com/lildanakin

…and finally, a great recommendation from Thale Marie – thanks for sending in this Saint Thomas track:

Thanks for your support guys! Hope you all got to check out my interview and exclusive shoot in the
Summer issue of FAULT. If not, you can get your copy of FAULT Issue 11 from here – http://www.fault-
magazine.com/issues

Stay Fresh!

Photo: Colin Singer for FAULT Issue 12

By popular demand… Sauli Koskinen for FAULT Issue 11

One FINAL teaser from Sauli Koskinen‘s feature in FAULT Issue 11! Issue 11 (the Underground Issue) is available to order in print now, with copies being dispatched LATE THIS WEEK. The digital version is currently with Zinio and we are awaiting their confirmation for an on-sale date – or you can get a full year’s digital subscription NOW for just £12.00 .

Sauli Koskinen for FAULT Issue 11

Sauli was shot by Liis Anton and styled by Ashley Gomila for FAULT Issue 11

Sauli Koskinen, Finnish media personality, smoulders in this stunning shoot in sun-baked L.A. Although a known name in his native land for his reality TV fame, Sauli proved to all of us with this shoot that he has many other strings to his bow…

FAULT: When did you decide that a career in the entertainment industry was the right thing for you?

Sauli: I’ve never made that kind of a decision. Life has led my path to this through many twists. I believe in faith so I’ve embraced the possibilities life has given me and have just seized the challenges.

What does it mean to you to be able to make your voice heard?

I endorse diversity, so I’m honored to be able to give my support to people in being who they are and in expressing themselves.

Your partner is a public figure as well. How does that influence your personal and professional life?

Keeping my personal life private becomes more challenging because of that. In my professional life it makes things sometimes more challenging, too, in a way: sometimes I need to convince people that I’m actually more than only someone’s boyfriend. Publicity, however, isn’t in itself a factor in our personal life, it has more to do with public professions. After all, I don’t care if my partner is a celebrity or not – it’s the private relationship that matters.

 

SEE THE WHOLE SHOOT AND READ THE FULL INTERVIEW IN FAULT ISSUE 11, AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER HERE

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FAULT Exclusive: Soulja Boy stars on the FAULT Issue 11 Men’s Fashion cover

Soulja Boy was shot for FAULT Issue 11 by Miguel Starcevich and styled by Avo Yermagyan

FAULT caught up with Soulja Boy and his crew on one of our most fun and memorable shoots this past Spring. We spoke to him about his view on the entertainment industry at large, his passion for designing and fashion, and what his fans should look forward to from him in the coming months…

FAULT: Soulja how are things? How was the European Tour?
Soulja Boy: Things are good. Europe was great, the tour was a blast, we hit up France, Germany, Netherlands. UK etc.

So can you tell us more details about PROMISE, when can fans expect that out and who are some artist your collaborating with on the tracks?
Well, I’ve been working with a lot of different producers for my fourth album. Promise is about growth and maturity for me. I worked with Sean Kingston,Yung Ill and Vinny Cha$e. Actually Vinny and I are coming out with a collaboration together called Double Cook City, watch out for that.

Soulja, some people have one clothing line – you have two: S.O.D.M.G and OCG. Can you tell us more about those lines?
Well I actually started S.O.D.M.G at 17. I’ve always been into fashion. OCG is a movement, inspired from the love of the ocean really. That label took off very quickly and infiltrated the market, we received lots of positive feedback and sales with both lines.

How would you describe your personal style?
I always keep it fresh. I try to work in vintage and customized pieces. Really love Louis Vuitton, Versace and Balmain.

 

SEE THE WHOLE SHOOT AND READ THE FULL INTERVIEW IN FAULT ISSUE 11, AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER HERE

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Production and interview by Leah Blewitt

Behind the Scenes: Soulja Boy Exclusive FAULT Men’s Fashion cover

Watch to the end for a first look at Soulja Boy’s Men’s Fashion cover, a FAULT Exclusive, and available only in FAULT Issue 11 (release: July 30th)

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FAULT Exclusive: Marina & the Diamonds for FAULT Issue 11

Marina and the Diamonds was shot by Jennifer Endom and styled by Tallulah Harlech

Right now, at this very moment, on iPods, radios and computers all over the country, the opening strains of the newest single by Marina and the Diamonds can be heard: “… Primadonna girl, yeah/All I ever wanted was the world/I can’t help that I need it all…” It’s fresh, it’s fun, it’s irresistibly catchy – it’s ‘Primadonna’ – and as the latest offering from the UK’s most interesting female pop star (together with a bubblegum-pink new image), it’s the perfect track to herald Marina’s eagerly awaited second studio album, Electra Heart.

“It [Electra Heart] is a lot more decisive about its identity as a record. The Family Jewels was really about me experimenting with different sounds, and my voice; I was very much a beginner. So, it’s nice to have a record that actually feels like the sound is coherent throughout. The song writing is more mature as well.”

“I look like this because I wanted to evoke an image of someone who personifies love – it’s a grown-up, bubblegum pop and ultra-feminine style. I like playing with the idea of innocence, and exploiting that very Middle American image of the squeaky clean housewife; it’s fun. I just don’t think the songs would have made as much sense with me singing as brunette Marina from The Family Jewels.” 

See the whole shoot and read the full interview in FAULT Issue 11, available to pre-order HERE