Fictionist

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Fictionist
Origin Provo, Utah
Genres Alternative rock, Progressive rock, New Wave
Years active 2005–present
Labels Red Owl (2005-2011)
Atlantic (2011-2014)
Associated acts Good Morning Maxfield
Robbie Connolly
Website www.fictionist.com
Members Stuart Maxfield
Robbie Connolly
Brandon Kitterman
Jacob Jones
Aaron Anderson
Past members Spencer Harrison
Jeremy Bowen (Good Morning Maxfield)

Fictionist is an alternative rock band from Provo, Utah, with origins in Salt Lake City, Utah and Sacramento, California. The band consists of Stuart Maxfield (lead vocals, bass guitar), Robbie Connolly (guitar), Brandon Kitterman (guitar, bass guitar), Jacob Jones (keys), and Aaron Anderson (drums). They have toured nationally and have opened for acts including Imagine Dragons, Vampire Weekend, Young the Giant, and Shiny Toy Guns.

History[edit]

Background and overview[edit]

The band began in its earliest formation as Good Morning Maxfield in 2000. Fictionist formed in their current configuration and name to release first album Invisible Hand (2009).

Invisible Hand (2009)[edit]

Fictionist won an Independent Music Award for Best Pop/Rock Song for their single "Invisible Hand" off their first album of the same name.[1] The Fictionist song "Noisy Birds" was featured in Seasons 6 and 7 of PBS's program Roadtrip Nation.[2]

Lasting Echo (2010)[edit]

Lasting Echo unveiled the band's first official music video which was directed and animated by artist Eric Power.[3] The music video for the single "Blue-eyed Universe" was featured at the 2010 Tucson Film & Music Festival.

Lasting Echo was selected by Paste magazine to be the April 2010 VIP bonus album.[4] In 2011, they received another Independent Music Award for Best Pop/Rock Song for "Blue-Eyed Universe" from their sophomore album, Lasting Echo.[5] The album cover to Lasting Echo was also nominated for Pop/Rock Album and Best Album Art.[6]

On February 15, 2011 it was announced on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon[7] that Fictionist would be one of 16 bands to participate in the Rolling Stone Magazine "Do You Wanna Be A Rock 'n Roll Star?"[8] Contest. During Round 2 they recorded two new tracks with producer David Bendeth (Paramore, Bring Me The Horizon, Kaiser Chiefs).[9] They were eliminated in Round 3 of the competition as semifinalists.

Fictionist EP & Forthcoming Album (2011-Present)[edit]

Fictionist signed with Atlantic Records and released a 6-track EP titled Fictionist - EP in the fall of 2011.[10]

In 2012 the band announced that it had recorded an album produced by Grammy nominated producer Ron Aniello (Bruce Springsteen, Lifehouse) and engineered by Nick DiDia (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Stone Temple Pilots) for Atlantic Records. The new album was recorded at the historic Hollywood Sunset Sound Recorders. The band also announced that they used a guitar which Elvis Presley played on one of his albums during the album recording sessions. The band ultimately chose not to release the recordings and instead to record a new album independent of Atlantic Records, produced by Nate Pyfer (KASKADE, The Moth & the Flame, Mideau).[11]

In 2012, Fictionist was the subject of a The Song That Changed My Life episode on BYUtv and performed a cover of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me".[12]

In 2013, Fictionist toured with The Technicolors, Midas Whale, Ryan Innes, and Amy Whitcomb. They also supported Imagine Dragons on two occasions. Robbie Connolly also appears in the Imagine Dragons music video for "On Top of the World".[13]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Invisible Hand (2009)
  • Lasting Echo (2010)
  • TBA

Extended plays[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Nominated Work Organization Award Result
2010 "Invisible Hand" Independent Music Awards[15] Best Pop/Rock Song Won
2011 "Blue-eyed Universe" Won
Lasting Echo Best Pop/Rock Album Nominated
Best Album Artwork Nominated

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