FARIS BADWAN OF THE HORRORS TALKS SUBCULTURE FOR FOXES MAGAZINE

 

PHOTOGRAPHY  Wanda Martin
FASHION  Kamran Rajput
HAIR  Emma Tierney     MAKE-UP  Verity Cumming


     Faris Badwan, frontman of UK band The Horrors, fronts one of the covers of our latest "Subculture Issue" currently available here at our online store, or on newsstands worldwide. In the issue's feature we decided to ask Badwan to pen an article discussing how subcultures influenced him, the band and his style, an excerpt of which you can read below.

 
"The idea of subculture is particularly enticing to a kid waiting for something to click. It implies freedom of choice, the door to an alternative path. The possibility of rejecting what is immediately available to you rather than just accepting it and ignoring the nagging sense of discontent. Subcultures are created through a mixture of accident and design - by a group of people pursuing their interests or looking for a support system.
 
I remember going to school aged 8, wearing a pair of destroyed leather gardening gloves and a bandana, looking ridiculous, like some kind of impoverished Karate Kid on the set of Mad Max, but feeling like Ralph Macchio himself. I was obsessed with gangs such as the ones depicted in The Warriors or The Outsiders, even West Side Story - anything with ripped leather and denim. I devoured David Wilkerson’s autobiographical book, 'The Cross and the Switchblade', about an evangelist who converted New York street gangs to Christianity. I was willing to endure 200 pages of religious propaganda for the promise of a few paragraphs of knife fights.
 
As a child trying to establish your own identity, you grasp at any means of expressing yourself, whether that involves raiding the garden shed or finding God. 
 
The idea of bands as gangs hadn’t entered into my head at this point - I discovered my parents’ 'Sounds of the 60s & 70s' cassette tapes and was making compilations, but didn’t know what any of the bands looked like. I loved the Ronettes and the Shangri-Las - and the way they clashed biker imagery with teenage romanticism.
 
My first exposure to distortion in a song was the two-chord guitar hook from 'You Really Got Me' by The Kinks, which even now wouldn’t sound out of place on a Royal Trux record. Reading in the cassette insert about Dave Davies getting the guitar sound by slashing his amp speaker cemented the track’s status as my favourite for several years. 
 
In the same liner notes I saw the Kinks for the first time: all in black with white shirts, matching haircuts. 
 
Aged 16 I remember Tom [Furse] from the Horrors saying to me, 'When we move to London we’re going to start a garage band, and we’re all going to wear black.'"
 
 
 
 

SAINT LAURENT DEBUTS NEW CAMPAIGN FEATURING LENNON GALLAGHER

 

     Saint Laurent has just released a new MFW18 teaser campaign featuring Lennon Gallagher accompanied by The Velvet Underground's "Venus In Fur". Anthony Vaccarello's designs capture the spirit of rock n roll meeting fashion in a way that only the Saint Laurent fashion house can. Both the video and the accompanying images were shot by David Sims in the familiar bright, white studio which has recently seen Vincent Gallo and Zoe Kravitz among others in its place. Video and imagery below:

 
 
 

Another MFW18 campaign video was released earlier in the week also featuring Lennon, among other boys including Noé Martin, Lenny Diaw, Eduards Kraule & Erin Mommsen. Vaccarello tapped into the project as Art Director with Director Nathalie Canguilhem. See the video below:

 
 

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TRACK PREMIERE: DARK POST-PUNKERS NUMB.ER RELEASE "WE HIDE"

 Photo credit: James Sakert.

Photo credit: James Sakert.

 

     You may recognize Numb.er from an editorial we did with founding members Jeff Fribourg and Laena Geronimo for the Glam Issue and now they're about to release their first full length LP. They are in the middle of a free Monday night residency at The Echo in Echo Park - tonight's bill includes Pow!, Hit Bargain and Circuit Break. In regards to this track "We Hide" Jeff gave us a bit of a back story to where it came from. "This is one of the first progressions I came up with on a synth. I wanted it to sound like spill over from a club in an alley in Berlin. Being a fan of darker bands like Bauhaus and Primal Scream I looked to fuse those musical cultures with some straight-forward punk ideals and thrown it on it’s ass; slow it down and simplify it to add a club feel and an aggressive approach to an extremely sensitive theme." Listen to the track below and don't forget to catch them live tonight and next Monday at The Echo's free residency!

 
 

Preorder the album here: https://numb-er.bandcamp.com

ICONIC: AN EXPRESSION OF PUNK IN A MODERN AGE

 

DIRECTOR  Tommaso Ottomano     TALENT  Lorenzo Sutto
GROOMING  Erica Vitulano     DRAWINGS  Aurora Manni


     Model Lorenzo Sutto and director Tommaso Ottomano came together for a special project in Italy that strayed away from the norm of the "average" fashion film. Iconic is more of an expression of modern day punk rock where the brand clothing didn't matter, only the passion behind the creative endeavor and the music which drives the short film. "We had no idea what this would look like but we didn't care, we just went for it." Watch the full video below as well as their explanation for the project.

 
 

JARVIS COCKER X THE ROOFTOP AT THE ACE HOTEL

Jarvis Cocker DJs a Desert Daze event on the rooftop of The Ace Hotel in Downtown LA.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY  Lindsey Arth