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!
I'm Andrew Biagiarelli. I started playing guitar about 15 years ago, and I honed my skills over the years as I traveled around the American West. Sitting around bonfires in Alaska, the Rocky Mountains, and the Caribbean Isles, I was exposed to so many musical styles and tastes, and it forced me to break out of my comfort zone, both socially and musically.
Playing gigs around Connecticut, I've been discovering my voice anew, and I am so excited to be getting in the recording studio this fall with Eric Lichter at Dirt Floor Studio in Haddam, CT!
This upcoming album will be called "Old Photographs," and it will essentialy be a series of musical "snapshots" of my experiences as a young man. Some of the songs are autobiographical while others encapsulate my emotional landscape in specific moments of life as a traveling musician, artist and husband.