1. Who are Fiction Reform?
(AC) Fiction Reform is made up of Brenna Red on vocals and guitar, Danny on drums, Danielle on bass, and myself.
2. How did the band get together?
(AC) A few years ago Danny and I were in a band together that called it quits. We decided to stick with music, but try to take a more realistic approach to the music business. When Chuck at Basement started working with us, we knew we could really dial in a sound we’d always wanted to do and to this day stick with it. I met Brenna years ago when she was playing with Civet and was the first person that came to mind when we started the search for a front person. She was our first audition and the only because we knew she was a great fit right from the start. Danielle joined us almost a year ago after we went through a few bass players and we all feel that she’s in it for the long haul.
3. How would you describe the sound of the band?
(AC) We’re a bit of a throwback sound because of the influences we all share. I’m always a little hesitant to call us a punk band because we aren’t as aggressive as a lot of music on the scene today, but it’s really where our roots are. I can’t really pinpoint what our sound is exactly, but it’s equal parts roaring guitars and drums, and pop-sensibility. All of us are big fans of the Descendents, Bad Religion, Alkaline Trio to name a few. But individually we all bring other influences to the table. I’m an on-again, off-again metal fan, Danielle has a ton of local favorites like The Offspring and The Vandals, Brenna is big on The Clash, and Danny likes everything from James Brown to Slayer. At one point or another, you can hear the influences from these bands show up in our songs.
4. How did you come up with the name?
(AC) It goes back to the earliest stages of the band. We tried to be aware of the music we were writing and didn’t want to get too far into story telling because it can easily lead to exaggeration. There’s a lot of great bands in many scenes today but I think the amount of liberties being taken with song lyrics has gotten a bit out of hand. I think being a little grounded in your approach to music really helps channel what comes naturally and in the end you have a better product.
5. You've recently had your debut album Revelation in the Palms of the Weak released over here in the UK on Headcheck Records (under license to Basement Records). Can you tell us all about the album and how you got involved with Headcheck?
(AC) “Revelation” came from a very raw and emotional place for all of us. We were able to take our time with the music before we even had lyrics or vocal melodies and that meant a lot of attention to detail. I like to think the songs turned out just how we had envisioned them in the demo period and we were very proud. Brenna really took what we laid out for her and ran with it. We couldn’t have asked for a stronger performance because she really raised the bar when it came to carving out our signature sound. I also am proud that we did an album without any filler in our mind. Each song is part of the bigger picture and helps with the up’s and down’s along the way which is something I love in an album. If I’m going to set aside the time to listen to an album front to back, I need to notice something new and different in each song. We don’t focus on trying to sound punk or trying to sound poppy, but it’s all there. It’s also got enough angst thrown in to start a good circle pit. As for Headcheck they approached Chuck about licensing the record for a UK release and we were stoked to get the album out over there as we get lots of emails from our UK fans. They have been a help in getting our music out and we are grateful for that.
6. You have a new album out next month in the US and in January over here in the UK. Can you tell us all about your forthcoming release?
(AC) It’s going to be a lot of fun for fans that liked “Revelations”, and I have a feeling it will win over quite a few new fans. Chuck from Basement produced the album again, but let us take a lot more chances and I really think it pays off. The overall tempo is up, and that’s just where we like it.
7. Does it differ much from your debut?
(AC) “Take Your Truth” is a much more mature album, and it’s a little more basic in the overall sound. Unlike the first record, the songs had ideas from all of the members and were ironed out live and in person rather than by demos sent back and forth. We even played a number of the songs live before we had really settled on the final version. It lead to a lot more creativity and risk taking, along with an overall feeling of a live album rather than a studio album. We can play every song live and still maintain the same level of intensity. There’s also a lot more room for Brenna to carry a tune on this album. Part of having a “live” sound on an album is not relying on heavily layered guitars, but instead getting the most out of a few takes. I think Brenna was able to play off this and do more with her performance. Instead of going from whispers to screams, she was able to to a lot more in the middle. A lot of the background melodies you’ll hear really change the vibe of a song now.
8. Any plans for a UK tour?
(AC) Plans? Unfortunately nothing at the moment. Do we want to be there? Absolutely. Do we want to be there often? Even more so!
9. What does the rest of the year hold for Fiction Reform?
(AC) Shows, shows, and more shows. It’s a really rough time economically in the US at the moment, so we’ve had to take any stage time we can get. We’re hoping through a lot of determination we can get enough momentum going to launch us to a national and international touring level.
10. Anything you would like to add?
(AC) We’re really grateful to have Headcheck Records and Basement Records on board with our band. It’s great to see that musicians and bands can still find partners to help them reach the masses. The support from both labels and the fans we’ve gathered so far has been amazing.