You guys. This is big news. Fictionist officially goes into the studio THIS WEEK to record their first full length album that will be released on atlantic records!! Yahooo! I have been anxiously awaiting this day for months (years!) and now that it has come I am filled with eager anticipation, excitement, and yes, a nervousness too.
I meet a lot of people that can't believe we've been pursing this rock band dream for the past 6 years of our life. We have dedicated countless hours, late nights, road trips, education, and given everything to follow this dream. Surprisingly, there hasn't been a day that I have regretted it. It's been a fairly easy choice for me because I always felt really peaceful about this decision. However, now that we're approaching this HUGE moment, I have mixed emotions.
The past few years have been filled with trial and error. New songs, new ideas, new albums, etc. With everything you try you know it will be accompanied by some to-be-expected failure - people won't like songs, no one will come to the show - etc, and that's okay! Now that we're getting ready to release an album on a major label it feels different, it feels more intimidating. I think about all the times I walked the aisles of my local CD store growing up thumbing through newly released albums and looking at posters of major bands plastered to the walls. I think of new singles that get played on the radio. I think about new bands that open up shows for huge bands. And then I realize... this could be us really soon. (side note: really soon = a year or so in music world) The weight of this moment is exhilarating and completely frightful. I begin to panic... what if no one likes this music? What if the album doesn't sell well? What if there isn't a strong single to push on the radio? We have given our lives to this dream and these are fears that dance through my mind on occasion.
But then I have to remind myself to find that peace that I have felt all along. Things will work out. The have written amazing music, rock and roll is not dead, and there are people who will love Fictionist, and they have everything in their bones to be an amazing band. This is what my heart tells me and I believe it is true.
So, let me try this again - the boys start recording on Wednesday and I am thrilled. They have written amazing songs, they get to work with a great producer, and this is an opportunity of a lifetime. Wish them luck on their facebook page, and wait patiently until we can share the new album with you in the fall of winter of this year!
>> These photos are from an ultra secret show Fictionist played at Muse a week or so ago. They sent out encrypted anagram tweets to "announce" they planned a show at a tiny venue in downtown Provo. It was really amusing to watch people pass around victory tweets, texts, and facebook messages as they figured out that these guys were playing a show. A pretty good size crowd showed up to support the band and their secret show, a big thanks to everyone who came!
>> Want to see if you can solve of the the anagram Fictionist tweets (on May22)?
>> I love that photo above because Brandon has two faces.
>> Who would you like to see Fictionist open up for? I would love to see them tour with Elbow, St. Vincent, Wilco, or... let's be honest... any band with a crowd full of people!