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.
Kelcey, Ryan, and Nik of L.A.-based band Local Natives visited Salt Lake last week for the Twilight Concert Series. They sat down with Richie on a big inflatable couch backstage and recounted their failure of a first show in Utah back in 2006, why they treat Nik "The New Guy" like a second-class citizen in their band (they're joking, don't worry), and how they came to be the hardest working band of 2013 (according to a study by SongKick).
Kelcey, Ryan, Nik
--- First Show in Utah ---
Kelcey: The first time we ever played in Utah was in Provo at some tiny, tiny club and the promoter forgot we were playing. Somehow we show up, there’s nobody there.
Ryan: Doors are locked.
Kelcey: We get somebody’s number and he’s like, “Oh $%*#!” He’s calling his friends trying to figure out how to make the show happen…I think that was 2006.
--- Band Formation ---
Ryan: Taylor and I met in junior high and then we met Kelcey in high school and so we kinda started the band then…and really started getting serious about it in college and that’s about the time we met Matt. And a few years ago we actually met Nik, and he’s the newest member. He’s the new guy.
Nik: I still don’t fit in.
Ryan: He’s still being hazed.
Kelcey: We definitely make him feel like a second-class citizen.
Ryan: He’s sitting the farthest away from you.
Kelcey: Yeah he wasn’t there, he’s just gotta deal with that, you know? This is what he signed up for and he’s gonna get it.
Nik: I think I have four more years before they’ll call me by my first name.
Kelcey: I’ll never accept you.
--- Hardest Working Band of 2013 ---
Nik: We sadly know that statistic.
Ryan: We thought that’s what everyone did. We thought everyone was just like, you say yes to everything. You just play as many shows as you can before you fall down. It’s nice to realize that that was an insane amount of shows.
Kelcey: It kind of justifies us feeling tired.
Ryan: Yeah, we were all falling apart.
Nik: Granted also, the album came out in January. If someone’s album came out in March, we already had a 2-month head start on them.
Ryan: Getting all technical with it.
Kelcey: Don’t sugarcoat it man!
--- Writing for Album 3 ---
Kelcey: We’re transition in to that [writing]. So we’re doing a bunch of festivals and in between we’re trying to get a new practice space set up in L.A. and trying to make the hard transition in to saying no to shows and actually start writing and stuff. We’re obviously very bad at saying no. That’s our issue that’s holding us back.
--- Living and Writing Together ---
Kelcey: With this last album, Hummingbird, we ended up living together for a couple months, just kinda working out the end of the record, and that was nice. I think we got to rediscover an energy where, like Ryan said – being in the same house, living and breathing and sleeping. This music – I think it really benefits our process. I think maybe at one point we may be together in one place.
If you haven’t heard of the Rooftop Concert Series that's going on in Provo, then what are you doing with your life??! Watching cheese melt? It's a FREE concert series the first Friday of every month, May through October, featuring upcoming bands from Utah. This is a grand opportunity to check out the latest artists from the Utah music scene before they hit Imagine Dragons or Neon Trees status. They got their start doing shows just like this. Here are 7 local bands X96 has ears on:
1. VanLadyLove (Similar to NEEDTOBREATHE, The American Authors, and Mumford & Sons) Strange name, we know. But these guys will be HUGE. VanLadyLove have had several TV appearances. They performed on the season finale of Sister Wives, They have been touring like crazy all through the US and they have hit spot #3 on NMS’ Top 100 Artists On the Verge. They released their new EP, “LoveMatter” back in February. Ironically, on Valentine’s Day. They will be performing at the Rooftop Concert Series June 6th with We Are The Strike & Cory Mon. They'll also perform a Beatles Tribute Show June 27th at the Covey Arts Center in Provo. Here's the new single from LoveMatter called “Neverland.”
Facebook / Twitter: @vanladylove / Instagram: @vanladylove
2. The Young Electric (Similar to Hawthorne Heights, Taking Back Sunday, and Anberlin) Formerly known as The Trademark, The Young Electric guys have been performing around Utah for over ten years. Adding new guitarist, Mat Deason, promted them to leave their old monikers behind and become The Young Electric. Recently, they signed with Tragic Hero Records and hit the road with Hawthorne Heights, Forever Came Calling, and The Animal In Me. The Young Electric just released their new EP, Crows in December. Here’s their latest song from that EP, “Bleed It Dry.”
Facebook / Twitter: @tyeband / Instagram: @tyeband 3. The Moth & The Flame (Similar to Imagine Dragons, Radiohead, and Sparkle Horse) Even though The Moth & The Flame recently relocated to Los Angeles, Their roots are deep in Utah. They started playing shows in Provo, Salt Lake, and Logan, but have moved on to festivals such as SXSW and touring Europe with Imagine Dragons. Not bad. Like all bands these days it goes EP then album, which is due by summer's end. The Moth & The Flame are playing at the rooftop concert series September 5 w/ The Brocks and Coral Bones. Listen to our favorite, “Sorry.”
Facebook / Twitter: @TheMothTheFlame
4. Coral Bones (Similar to Coldplay, Radiohead, and Foster The People) Another band playing the rooftop concert series on September 5 is Coral Bones. This Provo-born, indie-pop outfit has crafted a bunch of piano-driven, pop-rock songs on their latest album, “Youthemism” and is currently working on a new album, including this new song, “Queensway.”
Facebook / Twitter: @icechrisb
5. Can’t Stop Won’t Stop (Similar to The Beastie Boys, Wu Tang Clan, and Macklemore) Let's change things up to keep it funky fresh. Can't Stop Won't Stop is a Hip-Hop duo bound to make you get off your lounger and Dougie around the room. They are Provo-based, but relocated to Los Angeles (where dreams are made, right?). They'll be performing at the rooftop concert series August 1st. The new album Wildebeest is out now. Check out “Scrape The Sky.”
Facebook Twitter: @CSWSmusic / Instagram: @CSWSmusic
6. Westward The Tide (Similar to The Lumineers, Of Monsters & Men, and Mumford & Sons) Winners and supreme champions of City Weekly's Music Awards Band of the Year Showcase, Westward The Tide will be opening up for Local Natives at the Twilight Concert Series. Their sound is something very similar to the folk-rock that's been trending lately by the likes Of Monsters & Men, Twin Forks, Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, etc. However, you'll appreciate less banjo and more melodic vocals from Westward the Tide. You can catch their latest album “Sorry Soul” with this calming piece, “This Heart I Know.”
Facebook / Twitter: @westwardthetide / Instagram: @westwardthetide
7. Better Taste Bureau (Similar to Schoolboy Q, Macklemore, and Ab-Soul) Masters of City Weekly’s Music Awards Rapper of the year showcase, Better Taste Bureau are loved by those who know for their energetic rap melodies and aggressively hip live performances. A must see if you're interested, but always complaining, that Utah doesn't represent when it comes to hip-hop. Better Taste Bureau makes it their mission to help bring Utah’s music scene out of obscurity. Their new album Outliers is out now. Makes it loud and bother your neighbors with “Out West.”
Facebook / Twitter: @btbslc / Instagram: @btbslc
Written by: Zach McEntire (Intern; twitter: @McEntireZach)
Edited by: Richie T
(Photo of Beck performing at the 2014 Coachella Music Festival by Corey O'Brien)
One of the most anticipated events of the Summer has finally been announced and here's the line-up!
July 10 Ms. Lauryn Hill & Thunder Cat
July 17 TV on the Radio & Twin Shadow
July 24 Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires & The Budos Band
July 31 Wu-Tang Clan & Run the Jewels
August 7 Local Natives & TBA
August 14 Beck & Furture Islands
August 21 De La Soul & TBA
August 28 The Head and the Heart & TBA
The Twilight Concert Series is held Thusday nights in Pioneer Park in downtown Salt Lake City. Admission is $5 and tickets are on sale now by clicking here.
You can also visit the Twilight Concert page here.
-Corey O'Brien and on Twitter @coreyx96
I have a love/love relationship with Local H. "12 Angry Months" has always been such an underrated album it keeps me up at night and causes anxiety deep in my heart that the world has yet to recognize the album's genius. Local H played the Big Ass Show some years ago and were great. A few months later they played Bar Deluxe and Scott Lucas, the guy on the mic, mentioned the Big Ass Show performance claiming, "I don't know why they invited us to play. It's kind of fucking stupid"...or something along those lines. After a couple of songs he recanted and said it was very nice of X96 to invite them. Thoughtful.
I was a bit crushed since I was the one who pushed to have them on the show. Just ask Todd Nuke'em - I wouldn't shut up about it. I wanted to say something to the band after the show, but who gives a shit? I love their music.
(Local H in Seattle at Chop Suey 2013/Photo by Corey O'Brien)
I also saw them play "Pack Up the Cats" in its entirety at Urban Lounge. I saw them perform last year at Seattle's Chop Suey (that city's version of Urban Lounge) where Scott proceeded to duct tape the microphone to his face and have the fans carry him to the merch booth as he wailed away, closing out the show. In the words of The Narrator in "Fight Club", "Please return your seatbacks to their full upright and locked position." This is how it's done.
So tonight I bumped in Local H's version of Lorde's "Team" and am pretty god damn happy about it.
Enjoy and if you like it you can purchase it here.
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