October 7th marks the release date of the Fictionist’s new album, Fictionist. In order to generate some hype about the release, the band has released multiple videos. This one features Robbie Connolly’s (guitar/songwriter) “look-a-like nephew.”
Official Press Release:
Utah-based rockers, Fictionist have teamed up with CMJ.com to premiere the video for their new song “Give It Up” today, here: http://bit.ly/1rCs9Mr. The video is the latest in a series of video releases teasing the band’s upcoming self-titled album. The band will release “Fictionist” on October 7th, via Red Owl. Pre-orders are now available on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/1vsa8Q5
Fictionist songwriter/guitarist Robbie Connolly said about the making of the video, “I asked my look-a-like nephew to play a 20-year-younger me. I wanted the video to feel a bit like the 1980s world I grew up in. We all grew up on stuff like Star Wars, Monty Python, and other VHS effect-heavy classics and we wanted to capture that nostalgic feel.”
Connolly continues, “‘Give It Up’ was written about that looming feeling you have when you’re uncertain about how life is going to unfold in front of you. There’s an excitement and fear of the future and it’s about finding that resolve inside yourself to keep going.”
Fictionist has been teasing fans with music off their upcoming LP, releasing a string of new music videos, which their local Provo, UT Daily Herald calls, “a diverse, kinetic, deeply catchy batch of songs.” The band has released music videos for “Lock & Key,” “Cut String Kite,” “Not Over You,” and a live performance video of “Give It Up,” recorded at Rosewood Studios. An additional new Fictionist track, “Free Spirit” was also just featured in a viral video from YouTube Extreme Sports Phenom, Devon “Supertramp” Graham, who jammed to their new song as he chased skaters through 5001 balloons. Check it out here:http://youtu.be/B8imoIn6NUE
“Like Peter Gabriel in a garage” -that’s how Fictionist describes its fourth album, a self-titled surprise romp through the band’s most formative influences. Feeling liberated at the end of a contract with Atlantic Records, the Provo, UT band disappeared into area studios with producer Nate Pyfer, a 2014 Grammy nominee, for an eight-week sonic bender. The result combines Fictionist’s heralded art-rock sensibilities with Cat Stevens songwriting, Phoenix-style glitchy analog electronics, and CHVRCHES electro-pop architecture.
Fictionist formed in 2008 when Maxfield, Connolly, and guitarist Brandon Kitterman were introduced to keyboardist Jacob Jonesand drummer Aaron Anderson, longtime friends and Sacramento natives. Since that formation, the band has toured nationally and played with Imagine Dragons, Vampire Weekend, Neon Trees, Young The Giant, Robert Francis, and Shiny Toy Guns.Fictionist’s previous records include Invisible Hand (2009), Lasting Echo (2010), a self-titled EP (2012), and an unreleased album for Atlantic Records (2013), produced by Ron Aniello (of Bruce Springsteen‘s Wrecking Ball). The Atlantic album, explains Connolly, was “huge-sounding and cool, but neither we nor the label felt settled about it, so we regrouped and recorded the album that we meant to record in the first place.”
10/03 – Provo, UT @ Rooftop Concert Series (w/ The Blue Aces)
10/17 – Provo, UT @ Velour Live Music Gallery
10/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Living Room – Williamsburg (Big Picture Media Official CMJ Showcase)
10/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Rock Shop (CMJ Music Marathon)
10/25 – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 (CMJ Music Marathon)
10/25 – New York, NY @ Pete’s Candy Store (CMJ Music Marathon)
11/3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Viper Room
“Fictionist”-the new, self-titled, full-length album-drops nationally on October 7, 2014. For additional information on the upcoming album and tour dates, please visit: http://www.fictionist.com/.