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Fictionist performing at the Velour in Provo, Nov 2016.jpg
Fictionist performing at the Velour
Background information
OriginProvo, Utah
GenresAlternative rock, Progressive rock, New Wave
Years active2005–present
LabelsRed Owl (2005-2011)
Atlantic Records (2011-2014)
Independent (2014-present)
Associated actsGood Morning Maxfield, Robbie Connolly, The Killers
MembersStuart Maxfield
Robbie Connolly
Brandon Kitterman
Aaron Anderson
Past membersSpencer Harrison
Jeremy Bowen (Good Morning Maxfield)
Jacob Jones

Fictionist is an American alternative rock band from Provo, Utah, United States, with origins in Salt Lake City and Sacramento. The band consists of Stuart Maxfield (lead vocals, bass guitar), Robbie Connolly (lead vocals, guitar), Brandon Kitterman (guitar, bass guitar), and Aaron Anderson (drums).[1] They have toured nationally and have opened for acts including Imagine Dragons, Vampire Weekend, Neon Trees, Young the Giant, and Shiny Toy Guns.


Background and overview[edit]

The band began in its earliest formation as Good Morning Maxfield in 2007 and released an eponymous album under that name. Fictionist formed in their current configuration to release their first album Invisible Hand in 2009.

Invisible Hand (2009)[edit]

Fictionist released their first studio album, Invisible Hand, in January 2009.[2] The band won an Independent Music Award for Best Pop/Rock Song for the eponymous single "Invisible Hand".[3] Another song, "Noisy Birds", was featured in Seasons 6 and 7 of PBS's program Roadtrip Nation.[4]

Lasting Echo (2010)[edit]

Lasting Echo unveiled the band's first official music video which was directed and animated by artist Eric Power.[5] 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.[6] In 2011, they received another Independent Music Award for Best Pop/Rock Song for "Blue-Eyed Universe" from their second album, Lasting Echo.[7] The album cover to Lasting Echo was also nominated for Pop/Rock Album and Best Album Art.[8]

On February 15, 2011 it was announced on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon[9] that Fictionist would be one of 16 bands to participate in the Rolling Stone Magazine "Do You Wanna Be A Rock 'n Roll Star?"[10] Contest. During Round 2 they recorded two new tracks with producer David Bendeth (Paramore, Bring Me The Horizon, Kaiser Chiefs).[11] They were eliminated in Round 4 of the competition as semifinalists.

Fictionist EP with Atlantic Records (2011-2014)[edit]

Fictionist signed with Atlantic Records and released a 6-track EP titled Fictionist - EP in September 2011.[12]

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.

Fictionist supported Imagine Dragons on two occasions in 2013 and 2014. Robbie Connolly also appears in the Imagine Dragons music video for "On Top of the World".[13]

FICTIONIST and Free Spirit EP (2014-2016)[edit]

Following artistic disagreements with the label and a sense of stifled creativity, Fictionist ultimately chose not to release their final recordings with Atlantic Records. Instead they recorded a new independent self-titled album produced by Nate Pyfer (Kaskade , The Moth & the Flame, Mideau).[14] FICTIONIST was released in Provo, UT, on October 3rd, 2014, and nationally on October 7th. [15]

After parting ways with Atlantic Records, Fictionist took advantage of their new freedom to include new and unconventional sounds in their tracks. Robbie Connelly began to actively compose and sing along with Stuart Maxfield, an arrangement the band had not had previously.[14]

In 2015, they toured with Mates of State and on a summer east-coast tour with Neon Trees. They scheduled a 2015 Tour to coincide with the "An Intimate Night With Neon Trees" Tour on various dates. Concerts with the Neon Trees ran between June 13th through July 26th finishing up in Boston, MA at the Paradise Rock Club, before heading to Salt Lake City, UT for a show with the Kills & Metz for the Twilight Concert Series.[16]

On July 29, 2016, Fictionist released a four track EP titled Free Spirit.[17] Toward the end of the year they toured in central and south-western United States with Minnesota indie rock band Step Rockets.[18]

Fictionist performing at their Sleep Machine release concert in May 2017

Sleep Machine (2017-present)[edit]

On May 12, 2017 Fictionist released a ten track album titled Sleep Machine and started a west coast tour with Eric Robertson accompanying the band on the keyboard.[19] Sleep Machine is a shorter album with more interconnected songs compared to previous releases by Fictionist.[20]


  • Fictionist was the subject of a The Song That Changed My Life episode on BYUtv.[21][22]

Band members[edit]

Current Members

  • Stuart Maxfield - lead vocals, bass (2007-present)[1]
  • Robbie Connelly - lead vocals, guitar, keyboards (2007-present)[1]
  • Brandon Kitterman - lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (2007-present)[1]
  • Aaron Anderson - drums (2007-present)[1]

Past Members

  • Jacob Jones - keyboard (2007-2015)[1]
  • Spencer Harrison - bass (2008-2010)[2]
  • Jeremy Bowen (2007-2009)(Good Morning Maxfield)



Studio albums[edit]

  • Invisible Hand (2009)
  • Lasting Echo (2010)
  • Fictionist (2014)
  • Sleep Machine (2017)

Extended plays[edit]


Year Nominated Work Organization Award Result
2010 "Invisible Hand" Independent Music Awards[8] Best Pop/Rock Song Won
2011 "Blue-eyed Universe" Won
Lasting Echo Best Pop/Rock Album Nominated
Best Album Artwork Nominated
  • 2015 Salt Lake City Weekly Best Band Winner[24]


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  2. ^ a b "FICTIONIST". Linescratchers. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Fan Favorites Revealed In The 9th Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Poll - Independent Music Awards". Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Artists". Roadtrip Nation. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  5. ^ Power, Eric. "Fictionist - Blue Eyed Universe". Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Fictionist Band Press". Sonicbids. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  7. ^ "10th Annual Independent Music Awards Winners Announced! - Independent Music Awards". 29 March 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
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  9. ^ "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon -". Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  12. ^ Stilson, Carson (14 September 2011). "Utah Band Fictionist Signs With Atlantic Records". Dixie Sun News. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Sold-out Imagine Dragons concert brings WSU to its feet". The Signpost. Weber State University. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Fictionist preps homemade album after parting with Atlantic". Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Fictionist". Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  16. ^ "AN INTIMATE NIGHT OUT WITH NEON TREES". Neon Trees. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  17. ^ a b "FICTIONIST - FREE SPIRIT EP OUT JULY 29!". Harbour Records. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  18. ^ "Fictionist Tour Dates, Concerts, and Tickets". Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  19. ^ "Fictionist Sleep Machine Album Release". Twitter. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  20. ^ Mann, Court (11 May 2017). "On 'Sleep Machine,' Fictionist leans into its own idiosyncrasies". Herald Extra. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  21. ^ Clark, Cody (27 May 2012). "The Song that Changed My Life on BYUtv". Daily Herald. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  22. ^ "Fictionist: "I can't make you love me" by Bonnie Raitt". The Song that Changed My Life. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  23. ^ "Fictionist - EP by Fictionist on Apple Music". Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  24. ^ Stonehocker, Kolbie. "Best of Utah Music 2015 Winners". Retrieved 16 November 2017.

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