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PSYCHED UP 5TH ANNIVE R S A R Y FA S H I O N I S SUE
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welcome to the psyched up, spaced out, fifth anniversary, new season fashion issue of 1AM - we also celebrate our official lauch into the australian market with a special fashion focus featuring some of the most exciting emerging and established local talent - including a dual cover with rising model superstar maddison brown! read on...
CONTENTS 1AM ISSUE 17 SPRING 2013 UPFRONT 8 1AM l.o.st sydney 14 1AM psyched up 20 1AM dead castle project FEATURES 26 1AM spaced out 54 1AM maddison brown 72 1AM hats off 86 1AM hi-fi lomax 106 1AM cassie 116 1AM bad boy 134 1AM hang loose 150 1AM amanda 162 1AM finn 174 1AM double exposed 184 1AM bubble 198 1AM gold 206 1AM@1.00AM w.i.a @estate of mind
1AM ISSUE 17 PSYCHED UP COVER STAR MADDISON BROWN PHOTOGRAPHED BY TRAVIS GRACE
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m a 1 PUBLISHER/ CREATIVE DIRECTOR GLENN HUNT FASHION EDITORS GLENN HUNT MONIQUE MOYNIHAN JANAI ANSELMI ROSEMARY PANTLING ELLE PACKHAM MICHAEL HARB RACHEL STICKLEY GRETA MENZIES DAYNE JOHNSTON BEN ST GEORGE TARA YOUNG RACHEL KEEN MITCHELL RYAN IMOGEN WILSON
S R O T U B I R CONT PHOTOGRAPHERS
JASON HENLEY TRAVIS GRACE MICHAEL NAUMOFF CHRISTIAN BLANCHARD DAN HILBURN KAREN INDERBITZENWALLER STEPHEN TILLEY RUSSELL KLEYN MARISSA FINDLAY EMMA ANDERSON SARAH BURTON CLAIRE WALLMAN GLENN HUNT ARI PASHALIS AMANDA TSE
MARGO REGAN PETE LENNON SOPHY PHILLIPS NANCY SEA SILER RAE BORIBOUN FRANKIE PIPER UNNA BURCH BENJAMIN JAMES STACY LEE GHIN BEX BRENT KATE BOYD CASEY GORE ASH CROKER CHELSEA WILSON WRITERS BARNEY MCDONALD GLENN HUNT
N D Y S T S . O . L M A 1 while sydney’s once go-to fashion destination of upper oxford st continues to suffer from the dominance of the city’s malls and the convenience of online shopping. with ‘for lease’ signs appearing in many windows, lower oxford st has been enjoying a creative renaissance with a number of boutiques, stores, galleries and cospaces finding a hip, edgy and underground niche. joining american apparel on the corner of crown street in drawing a colourful young urban crowd to back to a zone rich in subculture history,1AM takes you around the block of lower oxford st we’ve dubbed as L.O.ST! photos by GLENN HUNT
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AMERICAN APPAREL, 82 OXFORD ST Celebrating its fifth anniversary also this year, AMERICAN APPAREL opened itâ€™s landmark Sydney store to a huge fanfare, strategically placed on the high-profile corner of Crown St, breathing some much welcomed fashion life back into the area.
Sydney store manager Thina Desancic wears AMERICAN APPAREL.
SHOP! +ESTATEofMIND, 80 OXFORD ST Moving into the basement space on the corner directly opposite AMERICAN APPAREL earlier this year, +ESTATEofMIND is an underground (literally) wonderland showcasing avant-garde designers from around the globe including locals EMMA MULHOLLAND and DI$COUNT, UK’s KTZ, BITCHING & JUNKFOOD and LAZY OAF, W.I.A from Spain, DANIEL PALILLO Helinski and MYOB from the USA. Just like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, +ESTATEofMIND transports you from Crown Street to a conceptual space featuring fashion, graffiti scribblings, a designated ‘selfie’ area and sales queen extraordinaire @holographicserpent (pictured right). +ESTATEofMIND: FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM
SERVICE, 84 OXFORD ST In stark contrast to the modern flashiness of it’s next door neighbour, SERVICE has retained the historic feel of it’s store pictured above as a perfect backdrop for showcasing the culture of the brands it represents. Grainy black and white photos and old Kauri floors set the scene for wall to wall jeans and workwear in every cut and size from Melbourne based denim afficianado’s NEUW, along with their offshoot brand ROLLA’S. They also stock a selection of other local and international labels that share their passion for quality craftmanship and timeless yet modern design, such as MINI TANAKA JEWELLERY, STEVE MONO LEATHER, LONELY BY LONELY HEARTS and R.M WILLIAMS classic boots. SERVICE: FACEBOOK
WORLD FAMOUS WESTSYDE, 58 OXFORD ST Sydneyâ€™s tight-knit skating community have banded together to save the once struggling WORLD FAMOUS WESTSYDE skate shop and paint dispensary, moving from Dullich Hill this year to set up camp mid-block at No 58, complete with a instore skate ramp, pirate radio station and an extensive list of skateboard brands, clothing and accessories. And just last week, as part of a CITY OF SYDNEY initiative to transform vacant shop fronts in the area, opened new exhibition space A KIND OF GALLERY just up the road at No 70. WESTSYDE: FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM
Nick at P.A.M STORE wears tee & pants by P.A.M, trainers by NIKE.
P.A.M, 20 BURTON ST Tucked in down behind the end of the block on a quiet corner where Oxford Street forms a neat triangle with Burton and Riley Streets as it veres across town toward the CBD, is a hidden gem of a building at No.20 Burton housing the CARHARTT store in front, FEIT in the basement, and the wonderful P.A.M up the stairs on Riley St. Home to the internationally renown artful Melbournebased label Perks And Mini, P.A.Mâ€™s magic Sydney hideaway not only stocks their full collection but also a curated selection of some of the most covetable underground fashion labels, books, films and objects from around the world. PAM: FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM
O D E H C Y S P M A 1 as part of our fifth anniversary issue, in true birthday style, we celebrate the colour and craziness of australia’s crop of emerging newrave designers following in EMMA MULHOLLAND’s psychedelic footsteps - MITCHELL RYAN checks out five funky favs on the following pages. NEWSHA, KEELY & ANDRE photographed by ARI PASHALIS.
HENRY GODZILLA Taking inspiration from the worlds of art, music and culture HENRY GODZILLA is the Sydney-based fashion creation of designer Brad Wiseman. Considering himself more an artist than a designer, Wiseman has reflected his lust for art within this collection of explosion psychedelic imagery, expressive painterly prints and strong colours. opposite: Newsha wears HENRY GODZILLA Smile-Dial cardigan, Leigh Must Be silk shirt dress & Smile skirt; this page: Keely wears HENRY GODZILLA Leigh Must Be silk leggings & crop top.
JVP MELBOURNE With trippy fucked up baroque and rococo inspired imagery JVP MELBOURNEâ€™s two visionaries set out create culturally influenced garments, blending elements from both luxury goods and street wear into unique designed and tailored limited edition pieces of wearable art. Andre (centre) wears JVP MELBOURNE The Intervention Tee-Part Two with jeans by KSUBI and trainers by Nike.
DYSPNEA A power stopping collective of Western Australia’s finest creative talent, with unique design, fabrics and cuts, DYSPNEA’s crazy group of designers are definitely one’s to watch - I sat down with the girls to talk a little about their label. Where does the name Dyspnea come from? We we’re up late one night abusing Google terms. Dyspnea popped up, it means “hungry for air”. We enjoyed the difficulty yet versatility of the word. What inspires you as designers? All our mates and their mates-mates. What separates your clothes from other designers? Our textiles, we enjoy throwing shit together. What inspired this collection? We got our hands on holographic material and just ran with it. What are you greatest achievements so far? Getting into Perth Fashion Festival - Meg Gray styling our collection - and being noticed by all you freaks out there. What has been your biggest struggle? Running a mini sweatshop out of a garage! Are there any hints we can have to the next collection? #mermaidsperm How are you getting your name out into the world? It’s all about instagram babes Have you got any advice for designers trying to go down the same path as you? Team up; we don’t know how people do it on their own.
Newsha (left) wears DYSPNEA mirror crop top & white pvc slit skirt; Keely (right) wears DYSPNEA mesh mirror dress.
DON’T WANT NO SCRUBS Is a bespoke collection created by Sydney-sider Joshua Davidson. Thriving on the music of the 90’s Joshua drew inspiration for his first collection from the club kid culture of the period and the avant-garde urbanity that fostered its creativity.
Newsha wears DON’T WANT NO SCRUBS Holographic Quilted Crop & skirt with trainers by Nike.
DI$COUNT UNIVERSE An underground phenomenon,, DI$COUNT UNIVERSE is already firmly on the map as a favourite of club kids, fashionistas and celebrities alike. The passion of two Melbourne beauties, with their sequin sanctuary Cami and Nadi have blasted off into the atmosphere with the likes of Iggy Azaela sporting their expressionistic designs. Music and art have been the main inspiration for the girls, sewn with a social commentary into in their psychedelic range of holsters, tees, pants and jackets until their hands have bled. Keely wears DISCOUNT UNIVERSE Third Eye Sequinned Halter with vintage leather shorts and TIMBERLAND boots. fashion by MITCHELL RYAN, makeup & hair by CHELSEA WILSON
P . C . D M A 1 starting out with just a couple of screen-printed t-shirts, as a side project to his job as menswear designer for GENERAL PANTS, SAM MOORE’s DEAD CASTLE PROJECT has rapidly transformed into a burgeoning fashion label for boys and girls. positioned he says ‘at the darker side of street wear’ with unisex cuts, monochrome graphics and a rock‘n’roll, non-conformist party vibe, DCP’s unique brand of ‘street goth’ has proven a hit with it’s ‘cool kids cant die’ tee quicky becoming a tumblr sensation. MITCHELL RYAN caught up with MOORE on the eve of his fouth season range launch to find out for 1AM where his dark vision is taking him next. photographed by AMANDA TSE.
Sam wears DEAD CASTLE PROJECT 100 mesh football jersey and SnapBack cap, GENERAL PANTS standard suited slouch shorts, AMERICAN APPAREL stripe socks, NIKE slides.
SAM, as an emerging designer can you give us a run-down on the label? I founded Dead Castle Project about two years ago with a vision of transforming ideas of unisex apparel, starting out with just a couple of screen printed t-shirts. Since then we’ve gained a following with our monochrome aesthetic and cult graphics - our ‘Cool Kids Cant Die’ tee quickly became a Tumblr sensation with 120K shares. From here we have gone from strength to strength as our skill set and experience has evolved. DCP is now a fully wearable brand, not only doing tees but crew, trackies, headwear, shorts, tanks, and soon jackets and more for Winter 2014. What differentiates your label from all the other streetwear brands out there at the moment? We seem to be one of the only brands in Australia really pushing a ‘street goth’ vibe, and also being totally monochrome it becomes very recognisable. I have always been big on branding and you will find a lot of our garments with “DEAD” plastered on them. For us this has worked well, especially since monochrome and sportswear are trending so much at the moment! We are actually going to starting using DEAD as our brand name going forward. What’s the inspiration behind this collection? This new collection is our take on classic sports wear with mesh football jerseys, reversible mesh tanks and mesh basketball shorts. We have still tried to add our dark twist on the garments. Our take on the numbers theme was to run the 100 emoji icon, on the front of our footballs. You’re a top designer at General Pants - will we be seeing your range in their stores? No not at this stage, I keep my DCP work separate to my GP life.
Do you try to swim against the mainstream? Not here at GP where I’m paid to design commercial product but definitely with DCP, it’s a great outlet for me to do more non-conformist, directional garments. Where is the label headed and where will we be seeing DCP in the future? I have picked up one of Australia’s best agencies the “Writers agency” who sold my range to great success last season, selling into 15 stores and 1 major (45 stores), so am pretty happy with the Australian distribution at the moment. I have big plans to pick up agents in markets like Japan and the US but again I can’t grow too fast, so I am keeping my retailers tight at this stage. What advice do you give to other young designers from a relatively young perspective yourself? I would have to say its all about networking, the fashion industry is not very big and you soon figure that out pretty quickly. Don’t burn your bridges, look and listen, listen, listen; you can learn so much from other people’s mistakes! Also make sure you have your systems in place before you take on lots of stores, otherwise you run the risk of being very badly organised and this will leave a permanent bad taste in the buyers’ mouths. Don’t rush it! You already have collaborated with some amazing celebrities and design teams, but who would be your ultimate dream person to collab with on a product? I have been super lucky to work with so many talented people this early in my career, but the brands I would love to work with in the future would be the guys from KTZ (Kokontozai), Alexanda Wang and that crazy man Jeremy Scott! More DEAD CASTLE PROJECT: WEBSITE TUMBLR FACEBOOK
Sam wears DEAD CASTLE PROJECT Zero tee and SnapBack cap, GENERAL PANTS standard hoodie, TUESDAY NIGHT BAND PRACTICE leather jacket.
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MADDISON @ CHIC wears shorts & jacket by SHAKUHACHI, NASA cap stylist’s own.
14 PSYCHED-UP MODEL CADETS TAKE OFF IN SPACED-OUT STYLE AS 1AM BLASTS OFF THE NEW SEASON FASHION ISSUE WITH THIS DEFINITIVE AUSTRALIAN DESIGNER SPECIAL. photographed by JASON HENLEY fashion by MONIQUE MOYNIHAN makeup & hair by MARGO REGAN using ELLIS FAAS & KEVIN MURPHY
EMILY @ IMG wears dress & vest by ELISSA MCGOWAN, shoes by SHAKUHACHI, socks by OK!OK!
BREANNA @ PRISCILLAS wears top & skirt by ALICE MCCALL, bracelet & rings by POMS.
JULIETTE @ IMG wears bomber & skirt by LEROY NGUYEN, socks by OK!OK!, vintage shoes from U-TURN, rings by TONIMAY & POMS.
ASTRID @ IMG wears top & shorts by BLESSED ARE THE MEEK, choker by CELESTE TESORIERO.
GABRIELLE @ VIVIANS wears bomber & shorts by KINOAK.
ANIA @ IMG wears vest & skirt by ROMANCE WAS BORN. peace ring by TONIMAY, pom rings by POMS.
AMBER @ WORK wears dress by KSUBI, ring by TONIMAY, earring by POMS.
MAJA @ CHIC wears top & pants by GARTH COOK.
REBECCA @ WORK wears singlet & shorts by CELESTE TESORIERO, Air Huarache shoes by NIKE, bracelet by POMS, necklace by TONIMAY, ring by CELESTE TESORIERO.
CHLOE @ WORK wears dress by MICHAEL LE SORDO, rings by AMBER SCEATS & POMS.
TABEA @ IMG wears dress, bomber jacket, raincoat & headpiece by LIMEDROP.
STEPHANIE @ CHIC wears dress & belt by ANTIPODIUM, bra & brief by LONELY HEARTS, necklace & rings by POMS, peace ring by TONIMAY.
BIANCA @ LONDON wears bomber & dress by EMMA MULHOLLAND, necklace, peace rings & turquoise ring by TONIMAY, silver claw ring by CELESTE TESORIERO.
MADDISON BROWN @ CHIC photographed by TRAVIS GRACE fashion by ROSEMARY PANTLING makeup by MARGO REGAN using ELLIS FAAS hair by PETE LENNON @ COMPANY ONE digital by ROGER KNIGHT photo assistant PEARL SPRING-VOSS
shirt by ROKIT LONDON, necklace 2 by LYN & TONY, earring and rings worn throughout by SPORTSGIRL.
bra by CALVIN KLEIN .
shirt by INSIGHT.
jumper by SOMETHING ELSE, knickers by KATE SYLVESTER.
top by INSIGHT, jeans by NEUW.
top by INSIGHT, jeans by NEUW.
jacket by LIBERTINE, dress by KSUBI, socks by OK OK, shoes by SHAKUHACHI.
dress by SHAKUHACHI, cardigan stylist own.
dress by LEE, jacket by ROMANCE WAS BORN.
RYAN MAUST @ BOSS MODELS photographed in Brooklyn NY by EMMA ANDERSON fashion by RACHEL STICKLEY
opposite page: cap by TOPSHOP, shirt by VIVIENNE WESTWOOD; this page: all stylists own.
this page: customised t-shirt stylists own., jeans by APC; oppoiste page: hat custom madeÂ bt Gina Schiappacasse, boxer shorts by UNIQLO.
oppoiste page: cap by TOPSHOP, shirt by DIOR HOMME, towel stylists own; this page: cap by TOPSHOP, shirt by VIVIENNE WESTWOOD.
opposte page: cap by TOPSHOP, boxers by UNIQLO; this page: shirt by DIOR HOMME, boxer shorts and socks by UNIQUO.
this page and opposte page: beanie stylistâ€™s own, t-shirt by ACNE, sneakers by CONVERSE.
beanie stylistâ€™s own, t-shirt by ACNE, jeans by APC.
singlet by CHEAP MONDAY, Tropical bikini top by ROMANCE WAS BORN, track pant by JEREMY SCOTT for ADIDAS ORIGINALS, tassels by ARLINGTON MILNE, necklace by EBONY FLEUR, beanie by M.Y.O.B from ESTATE OF MIND.
CAITLIN LOMAX @ IMG photographed by MICHAEL NAUMOFF fashion by JANAI ANSELMI makeup & hair by MARGO REGAN using ELLIS FAAS & KEVIN MURPHY
Vintage basketball vest, Leopard boilersuit by STOLEN GIRLFRIENDS CLUB, Classic Jam trainers by REEBOK, earrings by ALEXANDRA BLAK.
this page and previous: mesh crop top by BEC & BRIDGE, coat by LEROY NGUYEN, black leather peplum belt by PETER LANG, vintage lace shorts from GRANDMA TAKES A TRIP, Hunter chain by SPORTSGIRL, cap by BOY LONDON.
Eye See You jacket by HAYLEY ELSAESSER, Back to December bra by FINDERSKEEPERS, faรงade skirt by ANTIPODIUM, leopard print cap by SHAKUHACHI, leather peplum belt by PETER LANG, necklace by SPORTSGIRL.
Orca Snow Globe tee by EMMA MULHOLLAND, Paradisiac pants by BEC & BRIDGE, jacket tied round waist by STELLA MCCARTNEY for ADIDAS, cap by SPORTSGIRL, Lagoon Lovers platform shoes by HOUSE OF CARDS.
hat, top and pants all by P.A.M, jacket by PUMA X MIHARA, sneakers by PAM X DIEMME, Neptune tube necklace by METTLEFAIR TRADE, Chloe cuff by ALEXANDRA BLAK.
this page: board shorts by VERNER, Giraffe Bonded crop top by SHAKUJACHI worn under denim bodice by LEE, jacket tied round waist by SARA PHILLIPS, chain by SPORTSGIRL; opposite page: bomber jacket by ROMANCE WAS BORN, sports bra by REEBOK, leather pants by MLM, ‘32’ socks from BERNHARD WILLHEIM, sandals by SKIN, necklace worn on head by EBONY FLEUR, watch by MAGNUS KOMONO.
bra by CASLAZUR, track suit by JEREMY SCOTT for ADIDAS ORIGINALS, Joust Lo III sneakers by ALEXANDER MCQUEEN X PUMA, cap by ADEEN from ESTATE OF MIND, gold chain by AMBER SCEATS.
vintage mesh singlet and basketball vest, Sauna skirt by ROMANCE WAS BORN, Nirvana pants by COOP, socks by HAPPY SOCKS, Maya sandals by STOLEN GIRLFRIENDS CLUB, chain by 8 OTHER REASONS.
bustier by LP33.3, briefs by KOWTOW, shirt tied around waist by CHEAP MONDAY, jewellery worn through out by DARK HORSE.
CASSIE @ THE AGENCY photographed by CHRISTIAN BLANCHARD fashion by ELLE PACKHAM makeup by NANCY SEA SILER @ RPR hair by RAE BORIBOUN @ RPR lighting by THE FRONT
bra LONELY by LONELY HEARTS.
dress by KATE SYLVESTER
bra LONELY by LONELY HEARTS, PANTS BY ELISSA MCGOWEN.
dress by KATE SYLVESTER, underwear LONELY by LONELY HEARTS.
top by SYLVESTER.
blouse and shorts by ROMANCE WAS BORN.
sunglasses by AM EYEWEAR, tights by FOREVER 21, trainers by GUCCI.
ANDY FOX photographed by DAN HILBURN fashion by MICHAEL HARB makeup by FRANKIE PIPER
sunglasses by AM EYEWEAR.
sweater by MR GUGU & MISS GO, underwear by AUSSIEBUM.
hat stylists own, shirt & shorts by WRANGLER.
shirt by VIVIENNE WESTWOOD from GRANDMA TAKES A TRIP, chino’s by DR DENIM.
hat & swimwear stylists own, t-shirt by GIVENCHY, trainers by ASOS.
hat & swimwear stylists own, t-shirt by GIVENCHY.
denim vest by WRANGLER,
swimwear by ANDREW CHRISTIAN.
shirt by TOPMAN.
hat stylists own, dungarees by VIVIENNE WESTWOOD from GRANDMA TAKES A TRIP, trainers by GRAM.
sweater by VIVIENNE WESTWOOD from GRANDMA TAKES A TRIP, shorts by AMERICAN APPAREL, trainers by JEREMY SCOTT for ADIDAS.
ELLA & NATARSHA @ KIRSTY BUNNY MANAGEMENT photographed by RUSSELL KLEYN fashion by GRETA MENZIES makeup by UNNA BURCH @ THE EMERALD PARLOUR hair by BENJAMIN JAMES @ WILLIS YORK photography assistant ZISHEN JIA
Ella (left) wears vintage VIVIENNE WESTWOOD blazer, skirt by CAMEO. Natarsha (right) wears jumpsuit by MAURIE & EVE, sunglasses by COLAB X ELKE KRAMER.
flash medallion by NINA FLASH GORDON, bikini top by SURFACE TOO DEEP, top by OTSU.
dress by CAMEO.
t-shirt & shorts by FINDERS KEEPERS, Goldie ring by NINA FLASH GORDON, wedges by CHAOS & HARMONY.
pants by KSUBI, bikini top by SURFACE TOO DEEP.
sleeveless top by KSUBI, pants by KOWTOW, wedges by CHAOS & HARMONY.
dress by SALASAI. necklace by JACQUE SHAW.
5 panel cap by AS COLOUR, necklace by Otsu, bra and skirt by CAMEO.
Flash chain by NINA FLASH GORDON, bikini top by SURFACE TOO DEEP, ‘Dylan’ jeans by LEE.
singlet by LEE, shorts by Ksubi.
bikini by SURFACE TOO DEEP, vintage DOLCE & GABBANA blazer, bone pendant by YESYES.
vest by JACQUE SHAW, top by FINDERS KEEPERS top, bike shorts by KOWTOW.
sunglasses by COLAB X ELKE KRAMER, necklace by JACQUE SHAW, jumpsuit by OTSU.
dress by KOWTOW, bikini top by SURFACE TOO DEEP, bone print cap stylist’s own, wedges CHAOS & HARMONY.
dress worn as top by JACQUE SHAW, shorts by MAURIE & EVE.
AMANDA @ CLYNE photographed by STEPHEN TILLEY fashion by IMOGEN WILSON makeup & hair by SOPHY PHILLIPS @ STEPHEN MARR
top by ZAMBESI, sunglasses by PRADA from SUNGLASS HUT.
this spread: top by NYNE, pants by ZAMBESI, sunglasses by MIU MIU from SUNGLASS HUT.
this spread: top by KATE SYLVESTER, pants by GEORGIA ALICE, sunglasses by SABRE.
pants by GEORGIA ALICE, embroidered top by WORKSHOP over long sleeve top by ZAMBESI, sunglasses by MIU MIU from SUNGLASS HUT.
top by KATE SYLVESTER, blazer by GEORGIA ALICE, pants by ZAMBESI, sunglasses by MIU MIU from SUNGLASS HUT.
sleeveless top by STOLEN GIRLFRIENDS CLUB over long sleeve top by RUBY, sunglasses by SOMETHING ELSE.
top by ZAMBESI, sunglasses by SABRE.
top and pants by GEORGIA ALICE, sunglasses by SABRE.
IF THE PARTYING HAS DIED DOWN FOR THE VEILS, THE FANS CERTAINLY HAVEN'T, WITH ALBUM NUMBER FOUR GETTING THEM EXCITED FRONT ROW, BACK STAGE AND EVERYWHERE IN BETWEEN. CATCHING UP WITH THE LEAD SINGER SINCE FIRST PUTTING HIM ON THE COVER OF PAVEMENT MAGAZINE, TWO ALBUMS AGO, BERNARD MCDONALD TAKES US UNDER THE MUSICIAN’S SIGNATURE BRIM TO SEE HOW ROCK’N’ROLL THE BAND HAS BECOME. EXCLUSIVE 1AM PORTRAIT OF FINN ANDREWS PHOTOGRAPHED IN AUCKLAND BY KAREN INDERBITZEN-WALLER.
this spread and previous: FINN wears shirt, pants, jacket and boots by ZAMBESI, hat his own.
this spread and previous: FINN wears shirt, pants, jacket and boots by ZAMBESI, hat his own.
this page: FINN wears shirt, pants, jacket and boots by ZAMBESI; opposite page: FINN wears shirt, jacket and trousers by CRANE BROTHERS, hat his own.
MORE THAN A DECADE down the track and four albums into an illustrious career, London-based New Zealand band The Veils has hit a lanky stride. Latest album Time Stays, We Go is packed to the brim with memorable, melodious songs and on stage they’re a force to be reckoned with. In fact, at their recent Wellington and Auckland shows they stunned crowds with the majesty of their music, with a couple of fans at the Auckland show even praying to the band in the front row. Founder, singer, songwriter and guitarist Finn Andrews is getting used to the adulation, with much of it directed his way. Still shy and unassuming, despite his attention-grabbing penchant for round brimmed hats, tightly cut suits and Winklepicker boots, he has exuded a quiet confidence as an artist since recording and releasing stunning debut album The Runaway Found 13 years ago. Coming from a musician still in his teens based at the bottom of the world, that album took fans of heartfelt, intense, uncontrived songwriting by surprise. A great, big, emotional rollercoaster of a surprise. Subsequent albums Nux Vomica in 2006 and Sun Gangs in 2009 consolidated The Veils’ appeal, both proving that the debut wasn’t a strange, unrepeatable accident. Since then the band has toured relentlessly, relocated permanently to London, lost and gained a few members and finally departed from indie stalwart Rough Trade to release the new album on their own label, Pitch Beast. Time Stays, We Go is the sound of a band reaffirming its past and stamping its enduring appeal. The album doesn’t stray too far from The Veils’ signature style yet the band appears to be comfortably poised to craft even more albums to make people swoon. Watch them live and it’s apparent they inhabit the music without losing touch with the audience. With Andrews as a form of indie shaman, leading his band to the edges of honesty and artistry, the band will never be boring. After all, boredom equals death.
Did you select Los Angeles studio Seedy Underbelly in which to record the new album because of its name? It’s a pretty appropriate name for the place. We found a dead opossum in the swimming pool once. Is it a relief to get back into a studio you’ve worked in before? Yeah, the place is owned by an eccentric microphone collector, so the equipment there is pretty incredible. Getting to drive around Mulholland Drive every night was a major draw too. What’s the seediest thing you’ve seen or done since getting on the rock’n’roll rollercoaster? I’m not sure I’d call it a rollercoaster. It’s more like that log flume at Rainbow’s End. I don’t know. There have been many strange things. Who’s the seediest thing you’ve seen or done since getting on the rock’n’roll rollercoaster? I’m pretty bored of the ‘seedy rock‘n’roll band’ thing. The bands that appear on magazine covers with bottles of vodka and visible hangovers just look like total pendulous dicks to me. Surely that thing has been done enough times now and it’s time to move on, or at least actually appear with a crack pipe up your ass and needles in your eyes. That would at least show some dedication toward something interesting. Four albums into your career, what’s the biggest highlight to date? That time I appeared on the cover of Pavement with a crack pipe up my ass of course, ha ha! Which song(s) have you done that you think could or should be considered great? Well now, that’s a hard question to answer for any New Zealander or Englishman. They’re all shit. I wish I was dead. Of your original musical heroes, who have you met and what impression did they leave? Wow, the name drop section! I don’t know. I’ve met some great people but I don’t think I ever come across particularly well. I’m certain the second I walk away they turn to their mate and ask, ‘Who the
fuck was that guy in the hat? Don’t ever leave me alone with him again’. Some people have the gift of the schmooze but I, sadly, do not. Other than you, fellow Takapuna Grammar School student Sophia Burn is the only other longstanding member of the band left. Does it anchor you to have an old friend alongside you during the madness of recording and touring? Yeah of course. She’s the reason this whole thing still manages to function at all really. We used to be in the same English class at high school and so much mad and unbelievable shit has happened since then. It’s great to have each other around when times get strange. Has it been challenging for the two of you to transcend the romantic relationship you both shared once that ended? Nah, we were always friends above all else. There was a shitty few months coming out of it but nothing much in the scheme of things. I’m dating Ubi now. Sorry ladies. What things do you dig about her as a musician and friend? Well, I think her bass playing is amazing. It’s hard for her because she’s such a babe and people assume it’s for that reason she’s in the band rather than just because she’s awesome. We’ve always felt a bit like siblings really and you don’t find many people like that. Still adore the performing side of the band? Fuck yeah! I’d like to learn how to not keep accidentally breaking my guitars all the time. It makes me feel like a total dickhead. And still enjoying the band after making four albums? Well, we played the Bowery Ballroom in New York City a couple of months ago, then did a lap around Europe before heading back to New Zealand for some shows. I literally can’t imagine a better few months than that.
The Veils’ fourth album, Time Stays, We Go, is out now on Pitch Beast.
fashion by DAYNE JOHNSTON for ZAMBESI & BEN ST GEORGE for CRANE BROTHERS lighting and digital by DELPHINE AVRIL PLANQEEL
FINN wears shirt, pants, jacket and boots by ZAMBESI, hat his own.
Bayley wears dress by X, bikini by SURFACE TOO DEEP, watch by ICE WATCH, rings by KAREN WALKER, hair tie (worn throughout) by DIVA.
BAYLEY & KELSEY @ CLYNE MODELS photographed by MARISSA FINDLAY fashion by TARA YOUNG hair & makeup by STACY LEE GHIN
Kelsey wears bra top by JULIAN DANGER, pants by JEREMY SCOTT for ADIDAS, shoes by KATHRYN WILSON, bracelet by RUBY; Bayley wears crop top by ZAMBESI, pants by JEREMY SCOTT for ADIDAS, shoes by KATHRYN WILSON, bracelets by KAREN WALKER JEWELLERY, watch by ICE.
Bayley wears top by ZAMBESI, swimsuit by SURFACE TOO DEEP, heels by CHAOS AND HARMONY, necklace by DIVA.
Bayley wears dress by JULIETTE HOGAN, bikini by SURFACE TOO DEEP, necklace by KAREN WALKER JEWELLERY; Kelsey wears robe by ZAMBESI, crop top by JIMMY D, bikini by TIGERLILY.
Bayley, right, wears coat by X, mesh top by ZAMBESI, bikini by SURFACE TOO DEEP, ring by KAREN WALKER, sunglasses by KAREN WALKER, shoes by RUBY.
Kelsey, left, wears top by STRANGE LOVE, bra by LOVEABLE, pants by KINGAN JONES, sunglasses by KAREN WALKER, braclets by DIVA and MEADOWLARK, shoes by RUBY.
Kelsey wears dress by OMPANY OF STRANGERS, swimsuit by TIGERLILY, cuffs by JIMMY D, sunglasses by HOUSE OF HOLLAND.
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Published on Oct 3, 2013