Utah's own Fictionist are getting to release their new album, "Fictionist" next Tuesday, December 7th. Today, they debuted their video for their song, "Give It Up" on CMJ.
Fictionist songwriter and guitarist Robbie Connolly said about 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."
Preorder the album here.
Ficitonist also has their song, "Free Spirit" featured in the latest video from well-known Utah filmmaker, Devin "Super Tramp" Graham.
Make sure you catch Fictionist on the road:
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
Here are all the ways to keep up with them:
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It's going to be a huge end of the year for these guys. X96 is wishing them luck.
Jon Smith takes on Salt Lake Comic Con! We get Ernie Hudson to say lines from Ghostbusters, we hang with The Aquabats, and have fun with some cosplayers!
Thankfully this time there were no broken bones!
The Aquabats stopped by our booth at Salt lake Comic Con today and talked to our pal Jon Smith
Radio From Hell interviews Jason David Frank formerly known as the Green Power Ranger from The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers and fighter.
Bill: “Looking at a picture of you and looking at your tattoos, you’ve got lots of them you know from what I can see from looking at your pictures talk about all of that. Talk about all of that a little bit. Why you’ve done it and what they mean to you.”
Jason David Frank: “I was never allowed tattoos on Power Rangers maybe I’ve rebelled a bit.. No, uhh, I just like tattoos you know I have my little girl on my chest and I just like the design you know I’ve started a clothing company so I can tap out Tap Out which is the first Christian clothing line ever which is called Jesus didn’t tap. So, umm you know it’s a Christian company.”
Check out his show My Morphin’ Life.
Ellis Ludwig-Leone, the brain behind Brooklyn band San Fermin, sat down with Richie T before their show at Salt Lake's Twilight Concert Series. He explains what San Fermin means, (how to pronounce it), and if Richie can join the band as the 9th member.
--- Classical Music Training ---
I was a music/composition student, classical music mostly…Most people in the band have the similar sort of thing going on...I think there’s a lot of different ways to write music and they’re all equally valid as long as you’re being honest. For us, there’s a lot of training, there’s a lot of intention in how we go about writing.
--- From One Man to Full Band ---
I wrote the record right when I graduated and then I took a while to record it. I just got my friends and random people to play on it. We got a record deal before ever really playing…We played one show with 15 people or something at Pianos, this tiny place in New York. Once we got that record deal suddenly it was like, “Oh, this has to become a band”…Allen and I, Allen’s the singer - the male singer, he and I have been best friends for years, since we were really young. Everyone else it was word of mouth or people maybe I went to college with or just, if you’re a musician in New York there’s a lot of through-the-grapevine sort of recommendations.
--- The Band Name ---
It’s the name of the running of the bulls festival. It’s the patron saint in Spain…I liked the idea of people putting themselves in danger for really no reason. It sort of feels like performing...["San Fermin"] was a lyric before it was a band name. So it was in the song “Torero” I think. Torero is Spanish for bullfighter as well. I was thinking about that and once I finished the record I was like, “Well, we gotta have a band name.”
--- Coordinating an 8-person Band ---
There are upsides and downsides for sure. I mean getting 8 people to Europe is a pretty costly endeavor. But when I wrote the record it was for like 20 something musicians, so I figured if you go any lower than 8, you’re starting to do a disservice to the music. Honestly, I chose the musicians as we were putting the band together such that I knew that they were good enough players that they could actually each do a number of things, in terms of the sax lines now sort of encompass sax and trombone and tuba. I’ve sort of smushed them all together into one player. It was an interesting compositional exercise to do that.
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