Now Playing: My FictionJanuary 15, 2013
I’ve picked up a fair few Australian friends through my travels, and they’re all pretty patriotic about how Melbourne/Sydney/Adelaide/whatevs is the best place to be, but they all agree on one thing – nothing good ever comes out of Brisbane. Even the people I know who live in Brisbane tell me not to really bother coming by.
But, if the music of My Fiction is anything to go by, we’ll soon be eating our geographically-judgemental words.
Apparently the four-piece has been building quite a lot of buzz in their Aussie hometown, buzz that’s finally starting to overflow to American radio success, gigs at LA’s Musexpo and, well, to right here.
The big guitars, bigger melodies and powerful bottom end all combine to make something immediate, but with depth. Lyrically powerful, their songs leave plenty of room for emotional connection. It’s music that speaks of dark and mischievous romance, heartbreak, missing the last train home and taking your BMX for a joyride in the suburbs.
In the music on Fire Romance Fire, My Fiction’s debut album, there’s a strong influence that comes from their British forebears in the fast-paced, modern rock. Their songs wouldn’t be out of place in a sweaty grey underground bar in Camden Town, such is the strong Brit rock influence.
But their brand of modern rock comes from a slightly darker place than most. It’s passionate and somewhat flamboyant, but it’s also urgent and pounding – there’s a beat that needs to escape, and it comes out best in this track off the record:
My Fiction – Shanghai Surprise
As Rolling Stone recently put it: “My Fiction’s music brings to mind less the sun-drenched suburbs of Brisbane and more the cold streets of London. Galloping drums, Morrisey-tinged vocals and Eighties synths butt up against grungey guitars and muscular delivery.”
Okay Brisbane, you win – I’ll come and visit next time, as long as My Fiction is there.australian, download, free, now playing, rock