Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Fictionist

Utah rockers Fictionist dropped their new self-titled record on October 7th (available for download here). Ahead of its release, A Music Blog, Yea? had the opportunity of speaking with the band to discuss recording with no limits, dream tours, Peter Gabriel, and an unfortunate event with a table saw. Here’s what they had to say:

AMBY: Hey Fictionist, welcome to AMBY. To get acquainted, how would you describe each member of Fictionist in one word?

Fictionist: Aaron – Animal, Jacob – Doctor, Brandon – Jesus, Robbie – Heart, Stu – Nerve

AMBY: You soon release your self-titled fourth album, congrats! What was the experience like recording Fictionist?

Fictionist: This Fictionist album was especially fun to record because we recorded it with no limits. On our past records, there were more established roles that we did away with on this album. We embraced all ideas and ended up running with the best ones. It made for a creative sounding album, with crazy tape recorder tricks, line-in guitars, and great production that is still very centered around the songs.

AMBY: What inspired the album’s cover artwork of being painted in white?

Fictionist: There is an overarching lyrical theme to the album that deals with the human experience and the relationships with all those around us. Our graphic designer, Andrew Beck, really caught that vision, and came up with the idea to use our bodies as the canvas for the text. We love how it turned out.

AMBY: With four records under your belt, which three songs are the quintessential Fictionist?

Fictionist: We’ve had so many discoveries along the way that it’s hard to say. On the new record, the standouts to me that are quintessential of the Fictionist sound are ‘Give it Up’, ‘City at War’, and ‘Statue in the Stone’.

AMBY: You’ve shared the stage with artists like Imagine Dragons, Vampire Weekend, and Neon Trees. Who would your dream tour be with?

Fictionist: Well, we’d split it up like this: one for active artists and one for past. For past artists: Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Beatles and Parliament/Funkadelic. For current acts, it would be Tame Impala, Radiohead, Black Moth Super Rainbow and Arctic Monkeys.

AMBY: If the band could invite any two people to guest on an album, who would you pick?

Fictionist: At this point, we’d pick Peter Gabriel. We were inspired by his depth and exploration in his own work, we tried to give ourselves that same freedom in our record. Plus we understand he has a studio in Bath and that seems like the coolest place on earth to make a record. The second would be Annie Clark of St Vincent. Mostly she seems really cool and we like her music.

AMBY: Which other artists from Utah should we keep our eyes on?

Fictionist: Utah is full of amazing artists and bands that still have yet to be discovered nationally. We’d definitely say that some artists to be on the lookout for are The Moth and The Flame who just signed with Elektra Records, a hip hop group called Connection, and a folk band originally from Las Vegas that are now based out of Provo by the name of Brumby.

AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Fictionist that nobody knows yet?

Fictionist: Although Fictionist isn’t full of too many surprises, one that may surprise people is that our guitarist is missing half a finger after an unfortunate event with a table saw, and to top it off played a show 3 days after the occurrence. Pretty hard core!


Thank you Fictionist, for giving us your answers!

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Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout

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