Having the barren desert of 10 weeks spent in the scorching heat of Northern India’s supposed winter between the present day and December might make christmas seem like a disproportiantely enormous amount of time for me, but looking back at the bands that have been written about on here, it’s no surprise that some of them haven’t really moved on. Not that staying still is necessarily a bad thing – it’s okay to produce genuinely great music but not really have a marketable niche of which it falls into. however, some bands feel ready made to be transported onto a bigger stage from the very outset. Dummy magazine asked me to cover a band called Fiction before my trip, and upon the many things that I thought may happen upon my return (like getting a job or having a greater sense of purpose), it’s with some shock that Fiction haven’t quite made the transition onto a bigger stage. Well, not yet at least.
On May 31st, the band are having a new 7″ put out by Offset recordings, the people who do the festival of the same name. It’s the first release on the label, and that they’ve got such a weel respected name behind them isn’t in the least bit shocking – the group have been earning rave reviews of their live performances all across the board, partially due to their reluctance to embrace a traditional drummer and, instead, using the whole band to create the percussion using pots, pans and whatever else they can find to do. The passion and energy that the band put in sounds incredible on record as well, with an almost funereal aspect to their dark, poppy stylings. Once the mainstream press pick up on them, it’s like you’ll hear the usual comparisons to Joy Division being throw about, but that’s mainly because there’s a perception that the general public only have one idea what an exciting, downbeat pop band can sound like. it doesn’t take much to realise that Fiction are far from standing in anyone’s shadow.
The b-side has been given away for free, and you can listen to/download it here:
Fiction – Zebra Crossing [download from radarmaker]