THE MADDEN BROTHERS – TASTER FROM OUR EXCLUSIVE SHOOT FOR FAULT ISSUE 19

 

 

The Madden Brothers were shot in London by photographer Miles Holder exclusively for FAULT Issue 20 Click here to order your copy of this issue!

The Madden Brothers were shot in London by photographer Miles Holder exclusively for FAULT Issue 19
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FAULT Magazine Issue 19the Millions Issue will feature instantly recognisable rock siblings the Madden Brothers inside its Men’s section. Fresh from their reincarnation as a double act after their successes as founding members of Good Charlotte, Benji and Joel have released a new album – Greetings from California – under their own name.

FAULT: Why have you decided to fully focus on the Madden Brothers project?

Benji: I think it was a natural progression… it would be easy to sit back and say “we can go around the world and get paid just doing stuff we’ve done for years “– but it’s not fulfilling. I want to make something new and relevant to now, and that was where the real desire was – that’s what we set out to do with this record.

Joel: [When we started Good Charlotte, aged 16] we were kids making music about shit we were going through. Well, we’re not going through that any more – I’m married with two kids and we’re living life… We’re full-grown so we have to make music which is relevant to our lives now.

 

Miles Holder

Interview by Kevin Lyster

 

FAULT: What direction do you see Madden Brothers going in with Greetings from California and beyond?

Benji: When people heard ‘We Are Done’, most said, “Who is this?!” It doesn’t sound like anything we’ve ever released. It can go anywhere we want it to – we were talking about it recently, one of the things we’ve always loved doing is harmonies – it’s one of the things people remembered about Good Charlotte – so we decided we were going to do it properly. We worked a lot with Pharrell on the record – we wrote two songs on the record with him – he really gets the vision and supports it. Three years ago, when we decided to do this Madden Brothers thing, we told him how we wanted it to be and he was like, “Yeah the Eagles, I can see that shit.” He’s a visionary and then we started writing songs [together].

Joel: We listened to The Beach Boys, The Eagles and then, as teenagers, Sublime and then Dre’s Chronic and all these hip hop records – we’ve been in California for 10 years and while we are from the East Coast, it was [always] our dream to get to California.

Miles Holder

 

FAULT: What brought you to the decision to split the album into two sides?

Joel: The thing that brings both sides together is that California vibe. Whereas one side is more Phil SpectorBrian Wilson, the other side feels like The Eagles, Steely Dan, Steve Miller Band – it’s a trip but it oddly works!

 

The Madden Brothers’ debut single ‘We Are Done’ and album ‘Greetings From California’ are both out now on Capitol Records.

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The Pierces – INTERVIEW AND PHOTOSHOOT FOR FAULT ONLINE

American sisters Allison and Catherine Pierce are The Pierces, who came to the forefront in 2011 with their album You & I. Three years in the making, The Pierces are back with their brand of catchy melodies
and strong lyrics. The first two singles Believe in Me and Kings have whet the appetite for their much anticipated release of ‘Creation’, which is scheduled for a 1st September release. Back here in London, The Pierces sat down with FAULT Online to discuss the album and their plans for the future.

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FAULT: How have the last three years been for the two of you?

Allison: It’s had its ups and downs, but it’s really gone quickly, we still can’t believe it’s been 3 years. We moved to LA, and we made a new record. It’s been good, we started making the record and we had a slight false start; we started with one producer, and the chemistry just wasn’t right…so we had a little moment of ‘What are we going to do? Are we going to get dropped?’, because the music industry is so shaky these days, you never know what’s going to happen – but then we got back on track and we started recording with Christian ‘Leggy’ Langdon and it just started to feel right, it just started to feel natural and that’s when you know it’s the right thing.

 

Have you found your careers change since the release of ‘You and I’ in 2011?

Catherine: I think our comfort level changed emotionally – we struggled for so long and then when we finally had that success it feels really good, really rewarding in every way – it was a nice, satisfied feeling…but then there was a lot of pressure to follow that up

 

What inspired the name ‘Creation’ for the album?

Allison: It’s one of the songs on the record and also we felt it was a really big, beautiful word that holds a lot of different meanings to different people and a lot of different meanings in general – the record is a creation of ours and life is a constant creation, we’re all constantly creating and I think it’s a really beautiful word.

 

What are your biggest musical influences and have they changed since you first started out?

Catherine: I think we still love a lot of the music we grew up listening to and we had a really broad range. We listen to what our parents love – they love The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Simon and Garfunkel, so we grew up on that. We also loved what was on the ‘Top 40’, like Madonna, Prince, Michael Jackson – so I think we drew from lots of different kinds of music, and I still enjoy tons of different genres. If you ask me what kind of music I like, I say ‘good music’!

 

Given that the two of you don’t write your songs together, how does the writing process unfold?

Catherine: We put forward what we have, and see what works together and see what makes a complete picture – a lot of the songs I wrote, we were like ‘this is good but it’s not right for the record’ – so we bring it together and see what fits

 

What led you to choosing Kings and Believe In Me as the first two singles?

Allison: It was a really difficult decision trying to pick the first single, and everyone has an opinion – and you just never know what’s the best song to choose – you just kind of have to pick one and see what happens! Because nobody really knows what is the best song to put out first or second, or third.

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What direction would you like to see the two of you head towards musically?

Catherine: You always go in with ideas, and then they always change so we could tell you something now – I think we both want to do solo records, and I feel that’s where we feel we could probably veer off a little bit more.

Alison: I would probably do something folkier and Catherine would do something a bit experimental.

 

How do you reflect back on your journey, and what lessons do you take going forward?

Catherine: I think you learn over time that something can come into your world that seems great and turns out to be not so good, or vice versa – so I think we’ve learnt to not take anything too seriously and just know it’s going to pass and it kind of gives you a Zen perspective on life – don’t take the highs with the lows too seriously

 

How have you found it as sisters working together?

Catherine: I think it’s probably the most challenging thing we’ve ever experienced, but it’s also really beneficial and if you’re in a relationship with someone and you’re being creative with someone, you’re going to be met with challenges and you have the opportunity to say ‘Fuck you’, ‘you’re pissing me off’, ‘I hate you’ and backing down from that and not growing, or the option of facing it and rising and growing – and it’s really hard but it’s good because it pushes us to be better people, because we do see each other’s faults! – and we challenge each other and call each other out on stuff…

Is there anyone you would like to collaborate with?

Allison: I would love to work with Daniel Lanois, if I were to make a solo record – or Rick Rubin

Catherine: I find the best stuff that we’ve made have been with our friends – the last 3 records we made were with people we knew and love

Allison: They happened to be very talented friends C: (laughs)Yeah make sure your friends are highly talented and you’re good! – But then you have a connection and if you’re in the room with someone that you idolise, you might be intimidated and not be able to give your best – you need to work with people that draw out your best, and I don’t necessarily know who that is until I’m working with them….so try them all!

 

What is your FAULT?

Catherine: I worry too much, but I’m working on it!

Allison: I could probably push myself harder in some ways!

 

Photography- Miles Holder

Words: Kevin Lyster

Makeup – Emma Miles using MAC Cosmetics 

Hair – Natalie Viner

Ameriie – exclusive interview and photoshoot for FAULT Online

 

American-Korean artist Amerie Mi Marie Rogers first hit the airwaves back in 2002 with ‘All I Have’ – although it was 2005’s ‘1 Thing’ that really pushed her to international prominence, reaching number 8 in the Billboard Hot 100 and number 4 in the UK.  Fast forward to 2014: the name is now Ameriie (spot the extra ‘i’), and she’s back with a bang.

After a few years experimenting with different musical styles, Ameriie has been keeping a beady eye on the pop industry in recent times. New single ‘What I Want’ is a punchy, 80’s inspired song that feels right at home in today’s music climate. With a plethora of different projects on the way, both within music and outside of it, she found time to chat to FAULT about her new single and plans going forward.  ‘What I Want’ is available as a lyric video on YouTube now, while Cymatika Vol. 1 and Because I Love It 2 are the next projects to look forward to. FAULT Online got an insight into Ameriie’s creative process in this exclusive London interview:

 

Dress : Julien MacDonald Earrings: Maria Black

Dress : Julien MacDonald
Earrings: Maria Black

 

FAULT: What have you been up to in the last 5 years?

Ameriie: The last 5 years I’ve been constantly creating new music, it’s something I always do. I was recording for Cymatika, which is Part 1 of a Trilogy, that I’ll be releasing in the future and also simultaneously recording songs for BILI [Because I Love It] 2.

I’ve been recording songs, writing and co-producing as well – and then depending on the sound of the song, that dictates which project the song will be landing on because Cymatika has a very distinctive sound, sonically it’s very tight. BILI 2 has a certain sound as well, but the sound is not as extremely specific as Cymatika is.

I’ve been doing that, and I’ve also been writing – because when I was younger, I used to write little short stories and I would staple them together and make little books and newsletters and see if neighbours would buy them, which some of them did because they were very nice!

 

How does it feel to be releasing music, and what made you decide that now was the right time?

Whenever I’m about to release a new album, I usually feel like a new artist, maybe because I’m constantly creating and so I’m always used to hearing it and I usually keep a lot of the music to myself. I don’t really give it out or play it for a lot of people, it’s just something I create and put away and so it’s kind of the first time people are really hearing it because it’s not like I play it for a lot of my friends, everything feels very fresh.

It feels like the right the right time because both projects are close to being complete.

 

The single What I Want is a your lead single – what made it the choice for your first single, and is that indicative of the sound we can expect to hear from you on future music?

It came about because my husband who produced the record, he really knows what I love and gravitate towards. I love percussions and break beats, so he had the idea and I loved it and so he ended up creating the track and I was like ‘wow this is really great!’

It’s a bit of a departure for me because for the most part I’ve been recording these new songs, creating the track around the melody, coming up with the melody, lyrics and everything, so in this instance, it was amazing!

The song took a long time – sometimes I can create a song in literally 5 minutes and it just comes but you never know if that will be the case. In this instance it took 8 months because I didn’t want to force it. I never sat down and said ‘it’s time to write the song and let’s just do this’, it had to be organic, it had to come to me, I didn’t want to think about it, and I wanted it to be driven very much by feeling and nothing cerebral. One day the pieces really started falling together and it just came.



Black Leotard: Reckless Wolf Coat: Daniel Pillott

Black Leotard: Reckless Wolf
Coat: Daniel Pillott

 

What kind of music have you particularly been listening to and do you feel that’s changed since you first started out?

No I pretty much listen to the same music, the thing about it is I don’t actually listen to a lot of music – and when I do listen to music, I tend to get into a zone and I listen to the same few songs over and over.

I love Kanye’s music, I really enjoyed his ‘Yeezus’ album – I wouldn’t say it necessarily inspired this project but I think everything is an inspiration…whether it’s television, films, paintings, music, books…just ideas.

I’m inspired a lot by things that aren’t usually related to what I’m doing, to me this was more of an aura of energy and I was inspired a lot by human energy of the frantic sort. I did a lot of running, and a lot of exercising while I was listening to it –I’ve really been listening lately to Lorde, Lana Del Ray, Kanye and lots of instrumentals, Hans Zimmerman, a lot of scores.

 

Do you feel the music industry for you has changed since you began?

I think everything changes. I think that right now it’s a great time because there’s so many opportunities. I think the mixing of genres, as far as in the music we listen to is so much more open to different genres. Mixing genres isn’t strange, and you have people that listen to Taylor Swift and Lorde, who also listen to Kanye and they listen to everything.

I can appreciate that – I think that’s changed a bit – but I think that’s not just music, I think it’s just what happens with the world, it’s globalisation. People in NY are eating sushi and people in LA are eating Ethiopian food and we’re all enjoying everyone’s culture, and that includes music, food, film, clothing and style. There’s less division with people now, which I think is good, and an appreciation of different things.

 

Black Leotard: Reckless Wolf Coat: Daniel Pillott Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Black Leotard: Reckless Wolf
Coat: Daniel Pillott
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

 

Is there anyone you would want to collab with in the future?

Doing something with Kanye [West] would be really cool, I really have a lot of respect for him as an artist. I hear what he’s doing and I feel like, without speaking to him about it, I know where he’s coming from artistically and so I feel a certain kinship with him, sonically with the things he puts together so he’s someone I would like to work with.

 

What do you feel the future holds for Ameriie (both musically and also outside of that)?

I’m just riding the wave. I look forward to everything that life has in store for me and I’m in a really great place, and I’m open.

Leotard: Zeynup Kartal

Leotard: Zeynep Kartal

What is your FAULT?

I’ve got better at it but  one of the things I’ve always struggled with is that I’m a perfectionist and a lot of that has to do with my personality. I’m a little OCD, certain things will bother me if they’re not in the right place.

Recently I’ve realised that everything does not have to be perfect. You can be as precise as you want when you’re creating a song or you’re designing something, but you have to accept that everything will always be imperfect because we’re human beings.

Now I strive for things to be perfect in their imperfection. As an artist, you have to know when to stop. You can continue to do something over and over again, do a vocal over and over again, over think something, a video treatment, anything – and sometimes that can stagnant and stall you, and you have to know when to let it go.

Ameriie on the web: Twitter/ Facebook/ YouTube

Photography: Miles Holder – www.milesholder.com

Words: Kevin Lyster

Styling: A+C Studio

Grooming: Patricia Obaro Odje