The Downtown Fiction

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The Downtown Fiction
The Downtown Fiction.jpg
Cameron Leahy performing with The Downtown Fiction
Background information
Origin Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Genres Alternative rock, Indie rock, pop punk
Years active 2008–present
Associated acts The Ready Set, We The Kings, The Summer Set, All Time Low
Website http://www.thedowntownfiction.com/
Members Cameron Leahy
David Pavluk
Wes Dimond
Kyle Rodgers
Past members Devin Cooper
Eric Jones

The Downtown Fiction is an American[1] pop punk/power pop band from Fairfax, the band consist of guitarist and lead vocalist, Cameron Leahy, bassist and backing vocalist, David Pavluk, guitarist and backing vocalist, Wes Dimond and drummer Kyle Rodgers.

Music career[edit]

Lead singer/guitarist/primary songwriter Cameron Leahy met former drummer Eric Jones at Westfield High School, where they became friends. They had a mutual interest in music, and formed The Downtown Fiction in the summer of 2008. They began to post demos on the band's MySpace[2] page, where their fan base initialized. Needing a bassist, Cameron and Eric added David Pavluk to the band, who also is responsible for background vocals. "The Downtown Fiction" is inspired by the film Pulp Fiction, a favorite film of the band.

The Downtown Fiction toured for a year, and were soon signed to Photo Finish Records, an independent New York record label. They toured on the Bamboozle Road Show 2010 and the Warped Tour 2010. The band was featured that year in the “100 Bands You Need To Know” issue of Alternative Press Magazine.[3] A self-titled EP by the band was released in March 2009, featuring a few of their rising hit songs, including "Is Anybody Out There?" and "Living Proof." This was succeeded by an additional EP a year later in March 2010 entitled, Best I Never Had. Later a compilation was released, The Double E.P., incorporating all of their preceding EP's tracks, and a rough demo of "Keep On Moving." In late February 2011, the band began The Glamour Kills Tour which featured The Ready Set as the headliner, along with Allstar Weekend, We Are The In Crowd, and briefly Marianas Trench.

In August 2010, the band premiered their first music video for the single "I Just Wanna Run," which has become RIAA Gold Certified,[4] later appearing on their first album, Let's Be Animals.

In early April, the band's second single for their debut album premiered, entitled "Thanks For Nothing".[5] In late April 2011, Let's Be Animals,[6] the band's first full-length studio album was released. The Downtown Fiction also embarked on their first headlining nationwide tour with the same album name. The Let's Be Animals Tour featured Amely, Cady Groves, and He Is We.[7]

In Summer 2011, the band joined the Friday is Forever Tour with We the Kings, The Summer Set, Hot Chelle Rae, and Action Item. On September 15, 2011, the band announced on their website that drummer Eric Jones was leaving the band to work in the industry side of music and live guitarist Wes Dimond would become an official band member. Later in December, the band announced Kyle Rodgers would become their new drummer. The Downtown Fiction released their fourth EP, Pineapple EP, on December 20, 2011. On December 31, 2011, they opened for The Ready Set and The Romantics at the HOTFM 2011-2012 HOT New Year's Eve Party in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

On August 5th 2012, All Time Low announced their 'Rockshow at the End of the World' fall tour, with support from the Summer Set and The Downtown Fiction. [8]

The Downtown Fiction announced in April 2012 they'd begun working on their sophomore full-length effort in Los Angeles, CA. The band also toured South America in September 2012. In September 2013, the band signed with Fearless Records. The video for their single, "Some Place On Earth," debuted December 18, 2013 on VEVO,[9] which appeared later on their new record, "Losers and Kings", which was released on June 17, 2014.[10]

In the fall of 2014, The Downtown Fiction toured with fellow musicians Against the Current, The Ready Set, and Metro Station on "The Outsider's Tour."[11] In the spring of 2015, the band accompanied Yellowcard & Finch on the Yellowcard 2015 Tour.[12]

Recent[edit]

In late 2015, RIAA announced the band's single, "I Just Wanna Run" had sold over 500,000 copies and been certified Gold.[13]

On January 29, 2016, The Downtown Fiction released the lyric video for "Let's Fade Away" on VEVO,[14] the first single off their upcoming album, Alligator Tears[15]—out February 26, 2016.

Current members[edit]

Past members[edit]

  • Devin Cooper – bass (2008)
  • Alan Scarpa – rhythm guitar (2008-2010; touring member)
  • Eric Jones – drums (2008-2011)

Appearances in media[edit]

Discography[edit]

The Downtown Fiction (EP) (2009)[edit]

  1. Your Voice
  2. Is Anybody Out There
  3. Hold My Breath
  4. When You're Around
  5. No Typical Thursday Night
  6. Living Proof
  7. Living Proof (Acoustic Version)
  8. Forgot It Was Christmas
  9. Keep Moving (Rough Demo)....

Best I Never Had (EP) (2010)[edit]

  1. Best I Never Had
  2. Oceans Between Us
  3. I Just Wanna Run
  4. Take Me Home
  5. You Were Wrong
  6. Where Dreams Go to Die

The Double (EP) (2010)[edit]

  1. Best I Never Had
  2. Oceans Between Us
  3. I Just Wanna Run
  4. Take Me Home
  5. You Were Wrong
  6. Where Dreams Go to Die
  7. Your Voice
  8. Is Anybody Out There
  9. Hold My Breath
  10. When You're Around
  11. No Typical Thursday Night
  12. Living Proof
  13. Living Proof (Acoustic Version)
  14. Forgot It Was Christmas
  15. Keep Moving (Rough Demo)...

Let's Be Animals (2011)[edit]

  1. Thanks For Nothing
  2. Freak
  3. Stoned
  4. I Just Wanna Run
  5. She Knows
  6. Let's Be Animals
  7. Wake Up
  8. Medicine For You
  9. Alibi
  10. Tell Me a Lie
  11. Losing My Mind
  12. Sierra
  13. A Wonderful Surprise
  14. Hurt Me So Good

Pineapple (EP) (2011)[edit]

  1. Out in the Streets
  2. Get It Right
  3. Happy (Without You)
  4. Feeling Better
  5. Circles

Losers & Kings (2014)[edit]

  1. Some Place on Earth
  2. Hope I Die on a Saturday Night
  3. Don't Count Me Out
  4. Kiss My Friends
  5. Santa Cruz
  6. No Generation
  7. Cool Kids
  8. So-Called Life
  9. Big Mistakes
  10. Right Where We Left Off
  11. Sometimes

Alligator Tears (EP) (2016)[edit]

  1. Let's Fade Away
  2. Dream Within A Dream
  3. Van Gogh Colors
  4. Is This The End
  5. Hepburn Shades

References[edit]

  1. ^ Artist of the Week: The Downtown Fiction. Quadnews.
  2. ^ (April 20, 2011) Dani Tauber, Interview with Cameron Leahy from The Downtown Fiction: In The Moment. The Aquarian.
  3. ^ http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/300_bands_we_told_you_sothe_best_of_aps_100_bands_you_need_to_know_special
  4. ^ https://www.riaa.com/gold-platinum/?tab_active=default-award&ar=DOWNTOWN+FICTION&ti=I+JUST+WANNA+RUN
  5. ^ (April 28, 2011) The Downtown Fiction Explain New Single. Alternative Addiction.
  6. ^ (April 28, 2011) Disc Break: The Downtown Fiction. The Daily Herald (Utah)
  7. ^ (April 21st, 2011) Sean Derrick, The Downtown Fiction kicked off their tour in St. Louis at the Firebird Tuesday Missouri State News
  8. ^ http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/all_time_low_announce_fall_tour_with_the_summer_set_the_downtown_fiction_an
  9. ^ "Some Place on Earth video". 
  10. ^ http://www.fearlessrecords.com/artist/77
  11. ^ http://fearlessradio.com/8-news/662-the-downtown-fiction-announces-tour-with-the-ready-set-metro-station
  12. ^ https://www.punknews.org/article/56991/tours-yellowcard-finch-one-ok-rock-the-downtown-fiction
  13. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum Database/url=https://www.riaa.com/gold-platinum/?tab_active=default-award&ar=DOWNTOWN+FICTION&ti=I+JUST+WANNA+RUN". 
  14. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRKoTylvfAg
  15. ^ http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/the_downtown_fiction_announce_ep_release_date_and_premiere_album_opener_let
  16. ^ http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/300_bands_we_told_you_sothe_best_of_aps_100_bands_you_need_to_know_special
  17. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/take-action-compilation-vol./id515561428
  18. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/punk-goes-pop-vol.-4/id474300432

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