Tuesday 16 February 2016


GenresPunk / Emo / Screamo / Hardcore / Skramz
Related artistsSaetia, Olde Ghost and Corrupt Autopilot.
CountryNew York, New York USA
Years Active2001-2005
Song: "A=A"
Album: "I Told Her That I Liked Living in a Box"
Year: 2004
For fans of: Off Minor, Saetia, Sleeper Wave, Ken Burns, Forstella Ford, Four Hundred Years, The Khayembii Communique, Mustaphamond, Foxmoulder, The Exploder, Sleepytime Trio, Montcalm, Bright Calm Blue, Ecorche, Under A Sky So Blue, Hugs, Kidcrash, Logs, The South, Wild Guess, Deers!, Twelve Hour Turn, Transistor Transistor, Part II, Dear Tonight, The Usual, Gaff, Jiyuna and Hot Cross aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released / Level Plane Records / McCarthyism / Waking Records / Artskool Records / Wild Zero / Dark City Records
This post's artist is from the November 2015 Mix. This is track #6.
You can download: the January Mix#1 right here or get the new February 2016 Mix#2 here.

When discussing screamo, a very common early band for most is Saetia. We like. Then we all hear post-Saetia, starting with Off Minor. I loooove. There's also Hot Cross. Sweet. Do many people not know there is more? Colin, the bassist from Saetia, went on to form THE FICTION, moved to guitar/vocals and ended up jazzying the fuck out of THE FICTION, Saetia and Off Minor style. The 3-piece played angular, discordant and jazzy screamy hardcore in New York from 2001 until 2005, releasing a decent amount of material in that time. Although the band is punkier than the other offshoots, THE FICTION are rhythmically pleasing and very playful while also including some sassy parts that are reminiscent of Transistor Transistor. The band was recorded by Steve Roche and Josh Jakubowski so you know it fits that Level Plane style, the label which just happened to release some of the band's albums.

The first album titled 'LP33' is alright. It is more punk and hardcore than playful screamo. Once 2004 hits, the band turns on the jets and really kicks some ass, starting with their full length 'I Told Her That I Liked Living in a Box' which has some really, really good songs, including a bunch of Saetia-esque stuff, like "A=A", the beginning of "The History in Our Name", "You Know, For Kids" and "Don't Just Do What I Tell You To". The band also released a seminal split in 2004 with Birthday Boyz, which I bought because of THE FICTION and was fucking floored by Birthday Boyz (check out their unbelievable song here). THE FICTION songs are okay but nothing to write home about. In 2005 the band released a semi-decent 7" called 'The Titus EP' and the fantastic 'Names' LP. The Four Hundred Years/Bright Calm Blue/The Exploder-esque "Who Dares Question Ryan Dorn?" is great but "Reset" is phenomenal and sounds like Deers! and Saetia on a first date. "Strange Case of Lemmy Caution" is totally Jiyuna. I do believe the last thing the band recorded was the three song 'Euro Tour Tape' that houses some excellent stuff, especially "That Joke You're Killing Me".

In 2012 the band put everything they ever recorded online as free downloads, including all demos, splits and comp tracks! I just found this out a few days ago when I started this review. A fucking goldmine!!!



2001 - Music 4 New Millenium cd compilation (contributed "Angel Dream")

2002 - LP33 12"EP (stream/download here)

2004 - I Told Her That I Liked Living in a Box cd/12"LP (stream/download here)
2004 - Birthday Boyz split 7"EP

2005 - Names cd/12"LP (stream/download here)
2005 - The Titus EP 7"EP
2005 - Euro Tour 2005 cdrEP

2012 - Split.Single.Tour.Comp.Demo digital compilation (stream/download here)


(2005) THE FICTION - "Reset" (from 'Names')

(2005) THE FICTION - "Who Dares Question Ryan Dorn?" (from 'Names')

(2005) THE FICTION - "Understanding By Design" (from 'The Titus EP')

(2004) THE FICTION - "That Joke You're Killing Me" (from 'Euro Tour Tape')

(2004) THE FICTION - "A=A" (from 'I Told Her That I Liked Living in a Box')

(2004) THE FICTION - "Don't Just Do What I Tell You To Do" (from 'I Told Her That I Liked Living in a Box')

(2004) THE FICTION - "You Know, For Kids" (from 'I Told Her That I Liked Living in a Box')

(2004) THE FICTION - "Inside Outsiders" (from 'Birthday Boyz' split)

(2002) THE FICTION - "Predictable Patterns" (from 'LP33')


THE FICTION out of print mp3 discography download

Discography download available for free at the band's Bandcamp page!!!

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