Fighting Fiction

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Fighting Fiction are a British punk rock band based in Brighton, driven by core members Jacob Glew and Andrew Cooke.

The band received notable attention from Mike Davies (broadcaster) (BBC Radio 1's Punk Show) and Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 6 Music) at BBC Radio, BBC Introducing, Rocksound and Big Cheese Magazine after the release of their first EP 'A Lesser Of Two Evils' (2009), and continued to gain positive media reception beyond the release of their debut self-titled album in 2012.[1] [2] [3] Fighting Fiction released their first two albums on Xtra Mile Records, whose roster includes Against Me!, Frank Turner, Sonic Boom Six and The Rifles. The release of album two in September 2013 was followed by a sizable European tour, spanning 10 countries.[4]

Discography and History[edit]

A Lesser Of Two Evils (EP - 2009)[edit]

Fighting Fiction met whilst studying in Bath, United Kingdom, in 2007. Jacob had briefly met Andrew at a party during their first week and later, after meeting Matthew Roffe, they started writing music together under the name 'Cojack'. Drummer Rob Ballingall joined a number of weeks later, having known Andrew through the music scene where they both grew up. Throughout 2007 the band wrote, demoed and gigged relentlessly whilst studying, focusing mainly on the South West region of England. In the summer of 2008 the band were booked to play a small festival in Normandy, France, which is where they met their manager Matthew Wood. Matthew and his company, Dead Planet, based in London would become a large part of the forward momentum to come, and he subsequently aligned them with highly credited record producer Mark Williams (Biffy Clyro, Oceansize, Million Dead, Yourcodenameis:milo, Enter Shikari). The band formed an ongoing relationship with Mark, who has since worked on every record the band has released.[5] [6] [7]

We Will Not Forget (Single - 2010)[edit]

Releasing 'A Lesser Of Two Evils' EP (recorded at Miloco's The Pool in Bermondsey) in November 2009, drummer Rob Ballingall left the band in April 2010 to move to Brooklyn, US after having recorded drums on the single 'We Will Not Forget' (recorded at Leeders Farm in Norfolk). Ballingall was replaced by Adam Wells, who toured with the band through 2010 and 2011 until he was also replaced by Nate Davenport after the band relocated from Bath to Brighton, United Kingdom. [7]

Self-Titled (Album - 2012)[edit]

Fiction hit the studio with new drummer Nate, and recorded their self-titled album including single 'Rock N Roll is Dead and It's Corpse Is for Sale' and iTunes only acoustic releases. The album was tracked at Envy Studios in Petersfield, mixed by Mark Williams and was their first record released on Xtra Mile Recordings. All previous recordings had been released on Dead Planet Management subsidiary 'Dead Planet Records'. It was released on February 12th 2012 to relative success, gaining good reception from the numerous Radio networks and music magazines.[8] [9]

The Long And The Short Of It (Album - 2013)[edit]

The Long And The Short Of It was released on September 16th 2013 on Xtra Mile Recordings, and stands as a testament to the strife of the band thus far. The album was recorded in a number of different locations including a barn in the middle of West Sussex and the recording studios at Guildford University. There are also numerous different players on the album, among them are short-term bassist Jamie Carl Moody, who temporarily replaced Matthew Roffe after he left in 2013, drummer Alex Davis, singer Laurie Bolger. In the days and weeks following the release of the album the band are due to undertake a sizable European tour spanning 10 countries.[10] [11] [9]



Jacob Glew - Guitar and Vocals
Andrew Cooke - Guitar and Vocals
Will Bright - Bass
Douglas Hunt - Drums


Robert Ballingall - Drums (2007 - 2010)
Adam Wells - Drums (2010 - 2011)
Nate Davenport - Drums (2011 - 2012)
Alex Davis - Drums (2012 - 2013)
Matthew Roffe - Guitar, Bass and Vocals (2007 - 2013)
Jamie Carl Moody - Bass (2013 - 2013)


  1. ^ Davies, Mike. "Fighting Fiction from Maida Vale and Dead To Me Under The Influence". BBC Radio One. BBC. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Robinson, Tom. "With Erin K and Tash and session tracks from Jake Morley". BBC 6 Music. BBC. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "STREAM THE NEW FIGHTING FICTION ALBUM WITH ROCK SOUND!". RockSound Website. RockSound. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Fighting Fiction". Bandsintown App. Bandsintown. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "FIGHTING FICTION - THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT". Oktober Promotion Website. Oktober Promotion. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Blanden, Chris. "Jacob Glew". CM Grads. Word Press. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Pool Session Video". Miloco Website. Miloco. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Wood, Matthew. "Dead Planet Productions". Dead Planet Website. Dead Planet. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Fighting Fiction". iTunes. Apple. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Artists". Envy Studios. Envy Studios. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Artists". Xtra Mile Recordings. Xtra Mile Recordings. Retrieved 17 September 2013.