HAIM announce UK & EU Summer tour dates

Fresh from their Best International Band win at Wednesday’s NME Awards and their nomination for Best International Group at next week’s BRITs, FAULT Favourites HAIM have announced their UK & EU summer touring schedule with a glorious Spice Girls tribute at London’s Alexandra Palace:

The FAULT Issue 15 stars released their sophomore record, Something to Tell You, last year as an eagerly awaited follow-up to the sound of our Summer 2013, Days Are Gone. The latter has since gone on to be recognised as one of the best albums of the decade so far. Something to Tell You also made the Top 10 charts in both the UK (#2) and the US.

The LA trio’s UK & EU tour dates follow on from a 21-date US leg of the ‘Sister Sister Sister’ tour, which includes a spot at both weekends of Coachella festival on Saturday April 14th and April 21st. Their UK/EU tour will be bookended by appearances at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound on Friday June 1st, following their surprise late night appearance at the festival last year, and Lisbon’s Rock in Rio on June 23rd.

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The siblings’ UK & Ireland leg will kick off at Glasgow’s O2 Academy on June 10th, finishing up at London’s iconic Alexandra Palace on Friday June 15th. Tickets will go on sale from February 23rd, with a pre-sale from February 21st.

HAIM UK/EU dates:

Fri 1st June
Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound

Sun 3rd June
Milan, Italy – Fabrique

Mon 4th June
Zurich, Switzerland – X-tra

Tues 5th June
Cologne, Germany – E Werk

Thurs 7th June
Warsaw, Poland – Stodola

Fri 8th June
Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle

Sun 10th June
Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy

Mon 11th June
Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo

Tues 12th June
Dublin, Ireland – Olympia

Fri 15th June
London, UK – Alexandra Palace

Mon 18th June
Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso

Tues 19th June
Copenhagen, Denmark – Tap1

Weds 20th June
Stockholm, Sweden – Annexet

Thurs 21st June
Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene

Sat 23rd June
Lisbon, Portugal – Rock in Rio

Get your tickets via http://www.haimtheband.com

 Something To Tell You is out now on Polydor Records

FAULT Future: Broods

It was the razor-sharp electro-pop sound of “Bridges” that set the blogosphere on fire. For New Zealand’s BROODS, it took no time at all before Capital Records and Polydor came knocking on their door, least of all landing a highly coveted offer to support the second leg of Haim’s recent UK tour. Siblings Georgia and Caleb Nott continue to ignite the embers of intrigue surrounding their young band, especially when they tell us they were working café jobs some three months ago. Quite simply, they seem to have emerged, fully formed, out of nowhere.

BROODS’ highly introspective songs are as catchy as they are delicate, employing an array of synthesizers—and the production of Joel Little, the jewel in Lorde’s crown—to make confessional moments full and sometimes shake a venue. Although Georgia and Caleb stake their claim on the inspiration of such ethereal artists as Bat for Lashes and Oh Land, their meteoric rise to the top can’t help but bring to mind a burly wide receiver charging down the field. They’re taking that pigskin all the way to the end zone.


How did music come to you?

We grew up with music all around us. Both of our parents play music and our extended family members are very musical as well. They’ve always been really supportive of anything that we did creatively. From early on, they always encouraged us to paint and play music. We have awesome parents and we’re very lucky to have that support system. But it wasn’t until we got to high school that we really took it seriously. We had a very cool music teacher who always encouraged us to write and record our own stuff.

Can you name some of the more iconic artists who have inspired you?

People like Thom Yorke and James Blake. Outside of that, Georgia’s influences are very strong, female vocalists such as Lykke Li and Natasha Kahn from Bat for Lashes. She definitely gravitates toward women vocalists who are fearless in the way that they write music and perform.

How do you divide up duties between Georgia and yourself? For instance, are you very involved in writing lyrics yourself?

With the EP, our writing process changed all the time. Sometimes we would go into the studio and write from scratch, and we would have equal input during the process. Other times, Georgia has a full written demo that she will bring into the studio that consists of vocals set to piano. She starts by recording in her bedroom and we build the track from there.


What is it like to work so closely as siblings in a creative field?

People always ask if we fight and things like that. It’s very easy when it comes to writing music together because we understand each other’s strengths, back to front and inside out. It’s very easy to communicate our ideas to each other, so it proves to be really easy when we get into the studio. We tell each other if we don’t like something and no one gets offended. It’s a lot of fun writing as siblings.

In our past conversation, you brought up the influence of Oh Land.

I’m personally a huge fan of Oh Land and everything she does. It felt so different when she first started writing music. I was so captivated by her production and melody lines. I find her so interesting. I love a lot of Scandinavian music. I’m a big fan of anything that comes out of that part of the world.

Bridges” and “Never Gonna Change” is very much pop, but they do have this introspective, dark center to them in the lyrics especially. Where does that darkness come from?

Both of those tracks came from Georgia’s demos. She has always been more of a darker writer. I guess she feels most inspired to write songs when she feels like she needs closure about something.

How did you first meet Joel Little, a producer that you guys share with Lorde?

We first met Joel three years ago. We were doing a high school Battle of the Bands in New Zealand and Joel, along with his manager, approached us. They wanted to write a song with us and produced a song for the band that we were in at the time. I guess our relationship kept going and evolved over time from there. When that project didn’t quite work out, we decided to keep writing together. We all get along so well. It’s great to see him experiencing all this success.

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The same can be said about BROODS. How are you processing everything that’s happening right now?

It’s really crazy. Georgia and I were working in cafes just three months ago. I was at university and things like that. Now we’re traveling the world and playing these shows. People want to come to these shows and we’re selling out shows. It’s crazy to think where we were just months ago and where we are now. It’s happening very fast and something new pops up every day. It’s super exciting, man.

Does anything scare you while you’re on this journey? There’s a lot riding on the choices you make at this stage of your career.

We have no idea how things will unfold. It’s happening so fast that we have to take things day by day. I think the most important thing is to stay true to who we are. As cheesy as that sounds, we have to remain humble about the whole thing. Our parents would probably slap us in the face if we didn’t.

What is your FAULT?

I get stressed out quite easily. That’s probably my biggest fault. And it’s usually due to Georgia because she’s often in her own world.

BROODS self-titled EP is out now. The duo’s debut LP is slated for release this fall.


Words: Kee Chang
Photography: Victoria Stevens
Styling: Shandi Alexander
Make-Up/Hair: Kelsey Morgan

FAULT Favourite Sky Ferreira reveals UK release date for ‘Night Time, My Time’

Sky Ferreira’s debut LP was delayed by numerous setbacks before finally being released in the US last October. Now, the album has had its long-awaited UK release date confirmed as March 17.

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Creative struggles and disputes with her record label were just two of the things that delayed ‘Night Time, My Time‘ being released in the UK. Now, Ferreira has announced her impressive leftfield-pop debut is finally ready to hit our shores. Executive-produced by Ferreira herself and including songs recorded with legendary producers Ariel Reichstadt (who’s worked with the likes of Plain White TsHaim and Vampire Weekend) and Justin Raisen, the album is an honest, emotional and evocative debut that showcases Ferreira’s impressive songwriting and artistic vision.

We featured ‘Night Time, My Time‘ as one of our favourite albums of 2013, and Ferreira’s star is set to rise further this year, with her having landed a support slot on Miley Cyrus‘s upcoming tour.

In the run-up to the release date, Ferreira will be performing live at London’s Tax Free at The Basement on January 30.

Watch the video for lead single ‘You’re Not The One‘ below:


FAULT Presents: Our Top 20 Albums of 2013 (part 2)

Part 2 of our Top 20 Favourite Albums of 2013 feature. You can find part 1 HERE. Remember, these are just our personal favourite albums of the year, in no particular order. Let us know if you think we missed anything!

10. John Legend – Love in the Future

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John Legend inside FAULT Issue 13

Remember John Legend’s first album? Well, this is absolutely nothing like that. For a start, it’s executive-produced by Kanye West and features songwriting collaborations with Rick Ross. It’s unashamedly sexy, dramatic and soulful, and even manages to make schmaltz sound cool.‘All Of Me’ is a pop ballad in the truest sense, and wouldn’t sound out of place being sung by One Direction. It’s a polarising point on the album, but Legend’s smooth soul flows throughout, and he’s incredibly good at it.

Read John’s own thoughts on the album inside FAULT Issue 13. Excerpts from our interview (and some shots from inside the issue) are available here and our behind the scenes video from our shoot can be found here

John Legend – ‘All Of Me’:


9. Haim – Days are Gone

Haim inside FAULT issue 15

Haim inside FAULT issue 15

2013 was undeniably Haim’s year. They’ve been universally praised by the likes of The Line of Best Fit and The Guardian as well as garnering extensive airplay on Radio 1. Instant classics like ‘Falling’ and ‘Don’t Save Me’ secured their debut’s position as one of the most anthemic and memorable records of the year.

We spoke to the sibling trio in FAULT Issue 15 while they were recording Days Are Gone, in which they told us what to expect from the album (needless to say, it didn’t disappoint): “Be prepared to have some fun! We had a lot of fun making it, so I hope it sounds fun. There are a bunch of new songs as well as songs that we released before.”

Read more from the interview, or get the full feature in FAULT Issue 15 from here

Haim – ‘Falling’:


8. Bass Drum of Death – Bass Drum of Death

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While Black Lips fans await their next album, they’ll probably be filling the gap with Bass Drum of Death. The Mississippi outfit’s honest, fuzzy garage-rock may not be particularly pioneering, but they demonstrate an excellent grasp of the genre in their second full-length offering, with infectious melodies and a purposefully under-produced sound. They also really, really like reverb. Who doesn’t?

Bass Drum Of Death – ‘Crawling After You’:


7. Charli XCX – True Romance

Charli XCX inside FAULT Issue 16

Charli XCX inside FAULT Issue 16

She’s had a fantastic 2013 by anyone’s standards – the past year has seen Charli XCX tour with other FAULT Featured artists Ellie Goulding and Marina and the Diamonds, as well as Paramore. She’s gone from underground sensation (her first album, ‘14’ was an acclaimed underground hit in 2008, but never commercially released) to the potential ‘next big thing’ of leftfield quirky-pop. Her vocal tone is strikingly similar to Marina Diamandis but her songwriting and grasp of melodic devices is phenomenal for her 21 years.

 In her recent interview for FAULT Issue 16, Charli revealed that she “always see[s her] music in colours. , my first record, was purple, whereas this [upcoming] album is going to be red. I’m inspired visually by red lips, blazers and things that blow up!…It’s going to be much more alive than True Romance.”

Read more excerpts and see more shots from the shoot here – or get the whole story in FAULT Issue 16, available from here.

Charli XCX – ‘You’re The One’:


6. SUUNS – Images du Futur

suuns Slightly freaky but wholly compelling, ‘Images du Futur’ really is something of a masterpiece, juxtaposing the heady sound of electro-indie (think Holy Ghost, Cut Copy) with what can only be described as futuristic lo-fi garage. FAULT Favourites SUUNS are carving their way through multiple genres with this impressive second album, and as a result, saw themselves nominated for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize.

Check out our interview with the Montreal four-piece in full on FAULT Online here

SUUNS – ‘Edie’s Dream’:


5. Jessica Sanchez – Me, You and the Music

Jessica Sanchez inside FAULT Issue 16

Jessica Sanchez inside FAULT Issue 16

The American Idol runner-up showed she’s not just a pretty face with her impressive debut album. After a stint on Glee, it would have been easy for her to continue down the squeaky-clean teen pop route, but she shakes off any preconceptions with the R’n’B-influenced ‘Me, You and the Music’, which includes a collaboration with Ne-Yo and songs co-written by Tom Petty and Sia.

Read Jessica’s own thoughts on the album inside FAULT Issue 16. Excerpts from our interview (and some images from inside the issue) are available here, along with our exclusive behind the scenes video. Get the whole story in FAULT Issue 16, available from here.

Jessica Sanchez – ‘Tonight’:


4.Big Sean – Hall of Fame

Our (in)famous shoot with Big Sean inside FAULT Issue 15

Our (in)famous shoot with Big Sean inside FAULT Issue 15

If you miss Notorious B.I.G as much as we do., Big Sean is there to fill the void. His unashamedly retro hip-hop, with song titles like ‘MILF’ and ‘Freaky’ borders on being a pastiche without crossing the line into ‘Trapped In The Closet’ territory. Collaborations with Li’l Wayne, Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz make this one of the most noticeable new hip-hop releases, and Sean’s lyrics segue between the humorous and the filthy with ease.

 Big Sean told us in FAULT Issue 15 that Hall of Fame featured “the best music [he’d] ever made”. Read more from the interview, and see more shots, here – or get the full story in FAULT Issue 15 – available from here.

Big Sean – ‘Guap’:


3. The Black Angels – Indigo Meadow

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Not only did they use some seriously Sixties cover art for ‘Indigo Meadow’, they also showed that they’re still one of the American underground rock scene’s forerunners with an album that’s as melodic, lyrically dark and introspective as you’d expect from the Texan five-piece.

Read our interview with the psych-rockers in full on FAULT Online here

The Black Angels – ‘Indigo Meadow’:


2. Beyonce – Beyonce


One morning, we all awoke to a new Beyonce album. No media fanfare or indeed any clues at all preceded the release of Beyonce’s self-titled fifth album, which began as an iTunes exclusive. Following the release, she announced that she ‘sees’ music, explaining the fact that each track came with its own music video. Throughout the course of the album’s accompanying visuals, she portrays an exploited pageant queen (‘Pretty Hurts’, which is co-written by Sia), a happy theme-park goer (‘XO’) and sings an entire song about having sex with Jay Z (‘Drunk In Love’).

Beyonce – ‘Drunk In Love’:


1. Mac Miller – Watching Movies with the Sound Off

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Mac Miller described his second album as ‘introspective’ and he certainly lived up to that promise with ‘Watching Movies with the Sound Off’. His previous style of playful party anthems has been shelved in favour of deeper lyrical content and a clear desire to make music for no-one other than himself – although the lead single is officially ‘Somebody Do Something’ (abbreviated to S.D.S) there is no particular standout track. Taking this approach is a risk, but one that’s paid off for Miller.

 Look out for more of Mac Miller in FAULT Issue 17 – more info announced this Friday 10th January!

Mac Miller – ‘S.D.S.’:


Read the rest of our Top 20 FAULT Favourite Albums of 2013 feature:

Part 1

Part 2


Words by Thea de Gallier

HAIM for FAULT Issue 15

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HAIM shot by Bella Lieberberg exclusively for FAULT Issue 15

Hailing from the San Fernando Valley in California, HAIM — Este, Danielle and Alana— grew up playing rock music with their parents in a family band called Rockinhaim.
Bundled up in the sonic power of Kate Bush and Stevie Nicks, not to mention the distinct sounds of ’90s R&B, they eventually set out on their own.

HAIM has been shaking things up in Los Angeles for the past four years now, which has led to one of many crowning achievements: the title of BBC’s Sound of 2013, an honor rarely bestowed on an American band. They pride themselves on switching from instrument to instrument with complete confidence, all while singing in perfect three-part harmony. And to think, all of this glory without a full-length album, which will be released this fall. FAULT sat down with Este, HAIM’s eldest sister, for a closer look…

FAULT: What can you tell us about the sister dynamic in the band?

Este: We’ve been doing this together for 15 years now. We started out playing with our Mom and Dad even before we had our own band. I thought every family had a band with their parents. Over time, we just learned how to best work together so it’s more conducive to creativity. If there’s ever a tiff or an argument, we try to work it out during rehearsals. In the end, if it works, it works. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t.

What is the writing process like when there are three people involved?

It really depends on the song. We don’t really have a formula, and it’s not like each of us brings a specific thing to the table. We all sit together and, if one of us has an idea, we’ll think about it in terms of the lyrics and melodies. It’s a constant back-and-forth with feedback. We’re all in it together, and we’re all responsible for the whole thing.

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Words by Kee Chang

What can you reveal about your full-length debut album?

Be prepared to have some fun! We had a lot of fun making it, so I hope it sounds fun. There are a bunch of new songs as well as songs that we released before.




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FAULT Summer ’13 (The EDGE Issue) – now available to pre-order

We are pleased to announce that FAULT Issue 15 – The EDGE Issue – is now available to pre-order.

Official release: 15/07/13

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FAULT Summer ’13 cover star Ben Barnes was shot by Sinisha Nisevic and styled by Avo Yermagyan. Reversible cover – featuring Michael Shannon – was shot by Alexandra Leese and styled by Chad Burton.

  FAULT Magazine  – the EDGE Issue – proudly presents exclusive shoots and interviews with:

Ben Barnes


Tyra Banks

Ellie Goulding

Big Sean


Tyler Shields

Rockie Fresh

Plus a FAULTless selection of the best Film, Fashion, Music & Photography that has had an EDGE over the competition in 2013 so far.

This is your FAULT