Fictionist plays Ogden as it works to next level

Jun 10 2010 - 9:48pm

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The Salt Lake City indie rock band Fictionist poses for a portrait on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
The Salt Lake City indie rock band Fictionist poses for a portrait on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

The true story of the Salt Lake City-based indie rock outfit Fictionist is one of hard work and dedication.

The sextet, which performs at the Ogden Arts Festival at 1 p.m. Saturday, has been working to take it to the next level for most of this year.

The band has released its all-original-composition sophomore album, "Last Echo," songs from which have been featured tracks on the last season of the television programs "Real World" and "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."

In February and March, Fictionist also toured cities and indie music festivals in North America -- Los Angeles, Toronto, New York City and Austin, Texas.

"The Canadian Music Festival was really good -- we were very well-received," said Jacob Jones, keyboardist for the band. "And at South By Southwest (in Austin), we got a chance to play three times. It was a really good experience and a good chance to get in front of new people and industry people."

According to a review in Paste, a national rock magazine, Fictionist has "classic rock guitar riffs, prog-rock arrangements, sparkling pianos and intricate rhythms, building up and breaking down like an ever-moving nomad across the album as a whole -- even within individual songs."

The band recorded the album early this year with engineer/producer Scott Wiley of Provo. The goal was to capture the band's live sound, so that is exactly how they approached things in studio.

"We took 11 of our best songs, and just went into one room and played them together," said Jones. "We are pleased at how it came out. We got a lot of good reviews from several sources. We didn't want overdubs, because we want to play these songs as they are in concert. That was important -- not to muddy up the music."

The current lineup, which includes Jones, Stuart Maxfield (vocals/guitars), Robby Connolly (guitars/vocals), Brandon Kitterman (bass/vocals), Spencer Harrison (bass/vocals) and Aaron Anderson (drums), has been together for about two years.

"We started out with different groups, with a folk group and a rock group that was kind of similar to Fictionist. People came and went, but now, everyone fits in very well, and we definitely have a similar vision. We are all mature musicians, and wanting the same things. Being on the same page like this is so important."

The Ogden Arts Festival show is the band's second appearance in Ogden -- the first was this week at Mojos Caffe and Gallery.

Said Jones: "We are really excited to get up there. Arts festivals are a lot of fun."

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