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!
Kyle Trocolla & The Strangers
Alt-country post-punk pre-future regressive rock n roll from the Moon (USA). Singing songs about love, loss, whiskey and the apocalypse.
Hailing from the dark and dreary recesses of Southern Connecticut, Kate and Anthony formed Passing Strange in April 2017 after Kate performed solo during an open mic at a bar in Seymour. As Anthony looked on, he thought about how drums would bring depth to the talented songwriter’s creations. He suggested they play together at the same open mic the following week, to determine whether they were musically compatible, and the rest is history.
One of the band's defining moments, without which they might never have come to be, was when Anthony told Kate about the movie "Once." The film is about two musicians who meet randomly, and go on to create music together. The title refers to the many talented artists the filmmaker knew who put off their career by saying “once” they get this and that sorted out, but never succeeded because they had put it off too long. Kate has stated that it was upon hearing this that she felt inspired to go out the next day, purchase a piano, and play the open mic that fateful night.
Currently, Passing Strange is in the midst of recording their debut album. This collection of eleven original songs will showcase a range of styles, while highlighting the raw energy conveyed in the band’s live performances.