We spoke with Utah rockers, Fictionist, about their crazy tour schedule, the possibility of new music, and their preparation for performances! Check out our interview with vocalist, Stuart Maxfield, below!
You guys have been crazy busy over the last 6-7 months. You toured with Neon Trees, released your self-titled album, toured with Mates of State, and performed at South By Southwest. What keeps you guys so driven to constantly be on the road and taking so many things on? Fascination and obsession. Fear of creative claustrophobia. I need adventures.
Fictionist was elected by New Music Seminar as an “Artist on The Verge, Class of 2015,” as well as Salt Lake City Weekly’s “Best Band of 2015” – congrats, by the way. We can only assume that 2015 will be an incredible year for you guys. What are you most looking forward to this year? Some more touring? A new album? We are going to be touring the self titled primarily this year. We’ll be out with Neon trees again, and doing a number of higher profile one offs. We are constantly writing and while we don’t have a firm release date in mind for the next record we defiantly aren’t waiting around to get working on it. The new record is one of our primary focuses.
When you released your self-titled album, you mentioned that the concept of the album art had to do with the “overarching lyric theme” that can be seen throughout the album. Which track off that album was most meaningful to you and why? To me, I like the simplicity of miss you but I also appreciate the imagery and eloquence of can’t get enough. Difficult to narrow that down. I can say that lyrics are important for me
and I have a hard time proceeding with a song until I feel the lyrics are resonating in a cool way.
South By Southwest is filled with tons of incredible acts, were you excited to catch any artists in particular? Did you stumble across any new artists that you are now a fan of? We went to all the Sego shows and had a fantastic time. They are one of ourfavorite up and coming groups.
You’re no stranger to playing festivals, having previously performed at CMJ and South By Southwest last year. Do you guys prepare differently for festivals versus any other show you would normally play? The only thing thats different is how insane take down and set up is. We try to trim down to accommodate to rushed sound checks etc. We make a special point to always do our thing regardless of the venue or festival.
It’s that time of year again and South By Southwest (SXSW) is just around the corner! We’ve decided to bring back our “50 Acts You Won’t Want To Miss” feature, which will run from today until March 16th, the day before the Music section of SXSW begins! Check out our fourth installment (acts 31-40, in no particular order) of artists we think you need to check out below!
*Note: some acts we’ve included are performing at South By So What?! and not South By Southwest. However, since the festival takes place during the week of South By Southwest, we’ve decided to still include them in our list!
Daisyhead These alternative rockers recently released their debut full-length album, The Smallest Light via No Sleep Records.
The album is already receiving tons of amazing feedback from fans,
publications, and everywhere in between. Their music is nothing short of
exceptional and we’re excited to see where there rest of the year will take
this band. Where
to catch Daisyhead: 3.21 – 8pm –
Spartan Records SXSW Showcase @ Bar 96.
Chances are, you’ve heard of Emily Wolfe at least once. If you haven’t,
where the heck have you been? Named one of NPR’s 5 New Bands To Watch At SXSW
last year and referred to as a “sparkling rocker” by the Wall Street Journal,
Emily Wolfe takes listeners on an amazing musical journey that everyone should
experience at least once. Where to catch Emily Wolfe: 3.17 – 1pm – GCJR Showcase @ Empire Control
Room; 3.18 – 7am – KUTX Live Broadcast @ Four Seasons; 3.18 – 1pm – South By
San Jose @ San Jose Hotel (Parking Lot); 3.19 – 8pm – ICM Partners Official
SXSW Showcase @ Icenhauer’s.
When listening to BØRNS the other day, I came across an article that
referred to the band as “an indie prince who was raised by the Beach Boys
alongside unicorns and nymphs.” I have never read anything more perfect. Glam
rocker, Garrett Born, has been receiving praise from artists, including Taylor
Swift, and will surely be taking off before we know it. Incredible vocals with
a unique alternative style keep BØRNS’ music unique and hypnotizing, making us
want to hear even more. Where to catch BØRNS: 3.18 – 12am – Official SXSW Showcase @
I may be a sucker for the acoustic, heartfelt, singer-songwriter types, but
Travis Hayes is one of my new favorite artists that I’ve come across. Having
shared the stage with artists including 3 Doors Down, Daughtry and The Rocket
Summer, Travis Hayes has a promising career of himself. Our recommendation:
crack open a bottle of wine or whiskey (apple juice if you’re not of age), and
sit yourself down with Young Daze
(Acoustic). Where to catch Travis Hayes: 3.17 – 11am – Balanced Breakfast @ The
Jackalope; 3.20 – 7pm – The ATX Overload Festival @ Spinner’s; 3.21 – 7pm –
Tofu BBQ Blowout.
These Chicago punks will make you feel as if you’re reliving your teen
angst in the best way possible. Self described as “brewgaze,” the band knows
how to perfectly blend punk with indie rock while still completely enjoying
themselves. Where to catch Typesetter: 3.17 – 7:45pm – Rattle Showcase @ Rattle
Inn; 3.18 – Ground Floor Booking Showcase @ Love Goat; 3.20 – The Music Ranch
No stranger to the road and having previously played large festivals
including Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds Festivals, these UK natives are
making a name for themselves. In fact, they were named one of Rolling Stones’
“10 New Artists You Need To Know: January 2015 edition.” After performing at
South By later this week, you can catch the band on the road again, joining The
Used and Every Time I Die on tour. It’s a set you’ll surely want to see. Where to catch Marmozets: 3.18 – 2pm – British Music Embassy @
Latitude 30; 3.20 – 9:45pm – Audiotree Showcase @ Licha’s Cantina.
If you’re familiar with our site, you would know that we are huge fans of
any artists with both male and female vocals. There’s just something so
hypnotizing and incredible about it – and Great Caesar is another band to add
to our list of favorites. This year marks tremendous growth for the band, who
were recently announced by Billboard as one of New Music Seminar’s Artists on the
Verge 2015. For those of you who get to catch these guys, we are jealous. Oh so
very jealous. Where to catch Great Caesar: 3.145 – 11am – Daybreaker @ Rio Dayclub;
3.15 – 11:30pm – General Assembly x Salesforce @ Old School Bar & Grill;
3.16 – 2am – Red Gorilla @ The Dizzy Rooster; 3.17 – 12:40pm – McDonald’s
Showcase @ McDonald’s parking lot; 3.17 – 3:35pm – Big Picture Media Showcase @
The Blind Pig; 3.18 – 12:45pm – Chicken Ranch Records @ Hole in the Wall; 3.19
– 12:30pm – Doc’s Motorworks Showcase @ Doc’s Motorworks; 3.20 – 11pm –
Official SXSW Showcase @ Esther’s Follies; 3.21 – 12pm – Home Slice Pizza; 3.21
– 4pm – Strange Brew.
Courage My Love
Recent addition to InVogue Records, Courage My Love has a lot going on
right now. The band will be re-releasing their last EP, this time as a
full-length album, later this month and after South By, the band can be found
on the “Stripped Down To The Bone” tour supporting Hawthorne Heights. Where to catch Courage My Love: 3.20 – South By So What?! @ QuikTrip Park.
2014 was a whirlwind for these Utah rockers who hit the road alongside Neon
Trees and released their self-titled album. Now, the band is making 2015 their
bitch and it’s pretty damn impressive. Named Salt Lake City Weekly’s Best Band
of 2015 and elected by New Music Seminar as part of their “Artist on The Verge
Class of 2015,” we’re only expecting bigger and better accomplishments to come. Where to catch Fictionist: 3.18 – 4:20pm – L Rock Entertainment Day
Party @ Darwin’s Pub; 3.19 – 1:45pm – Big Picture Media Showcase @ The Blind
Pig Rooftop; 3.20 – 10pm – Official SXSW Showcase @ The Trophy Club.
After changing their name and releasing a full-length album, Manic Pixi
strive to preserve the Rock N Roll spirit they always knew they had. Referring
to themselves as a “ballsy, genre bending sound all their own,” the band knows
exactly how to grab an audience’s attention with pop-grungey sound. Where to catch Manic Pixi: 3.19 – 1:15pm – Sonic Tonic Showcase @ Amli