James Mauri and The Black River Stones
James Mauri is back with his band... James Mauri 4 and their new album PHONOGRAPHIC is as catchy as it is moody. Heavy as it is fun and as rich as it is raw. James has established himself as a dynamic singer-songwriter whose deep musicality is matched by his commanding lyrics, as outlined in his debut EP (James Mauri FOUR, 2013). This time out things are a little edgier and more aggressive. Both lyrically and with the selection of songs. James has a catalogue reaching back through the years that producer Ray Bardani chooses from. With the addition of Rich Rivers on lead guitars and the decision to cut live in studio B at Glenwood Studios, the sound is gelled and heavy. Standout tracks include What Have You Become, Astronaut, Wherever You Are, Aberlin and Sparrow and the Crow. Jm4 performs regularly in and around the northeast and is looking forward to touring this summer in support of PHONOGRAPHIC.
Fiction was formed in early 2015 but the band's roots can be traced back to 2011 where founding members Jimi Mann, Chris Siena, and Joao Joaquim met in the music department at Southern Connecticut State University and formed The High Tides.
After releasing their first album Firewater Zoo on June 4th, 2016, Fiction played non-stop around Connecticut until early 2017 when they enlisted the services of fellow SCSU alum Matthew Gambardella after a chance meeting following a gig at New Haven's Cafe Nine. Matt's refreshing approach to guitar and songwriting proved to be a tremendous source of creativity and new ideas that the band was desperately craving.
In April 2017 founding member Jimi Mann decided it was his time to leave and due to an upcoming high-profile show the remaining members reached out to Ethan James, who they had first met while playing in Danbury the previous summer. Ethan had opened for Fiction as an acoustic act throughout the summer of 2016 and his unique blend of original music and cover tunes as well as his dynamic performances really left an impression so he was unanimously the first choice to fill in. Inspired by the change, Fiction decided to jettison their entire back catalog and start fresh with a completely different sound. The four bonded through a month of exhaustive rehearsals and exploded onto the stage at Foxwoods Casino in June 2017, where it became clear that there was serious potential.
Honing their sound, playing out extensively, and writing new material throughout the remainder of 2017, Fiction started off 2018 by recording a new EP with Sam Carlson of Sans Serif Records to showcase their new sound.
Released on April 20, 2018, 'The Other F Word' is comprised of 6 tracks that the band feels are a solid representation of what they've been working on over the past year. Check it out for yourself on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, and anywhere else you stream music!