Local band signs record deal, topping 16 other artists

Published: Thursday, Nov. 10 2011 5:00 p.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY — A local band will celebrate its recent signing with Atlantic Records and the release of its self-titled EP with a performance Saturday, Nov. 12, at The State Room, 638 S. State St. Door open at 8 p.m.

After three years, one Rolling Stone magazine contest, an international tour and two self-released full-length albums, Utah-born rock band Fictionist has signed to Atlantic Records.

The band joined the roster on the heels of Rolling Stone's "Do You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star" contest, in which the magazine enlisted consumer votes to choose the first band or artist not signed with a major label to appear on the cover. Fictionist competed against 16 other artists from around the country and placed among the final four contestants.

"We are very honored to join the roster of legendary musicians at Atlantic Records," said Stuart Maxfield, Fictionist lead singer, bassist and songwriter. "Signing a record deal is something we have worked really hard for over the past three years as members of Fictionist, and most of our lives in our individual musical pursuits. We can't wait to refine our sound and explore new horizons under the artful direction of Atlantic."

Fictionist is Maxfield on lead vocals and bass, Robbie Connolly on lead guitar, Brandon Kitterman on rhythm guitar and synthesizers, Jacob Jones on keys, and Aaron Anderson on drums. Their music is described as "atmospheric space rock" while tipping their hats to classic rockers like Pink Floyd and The Beatles and drawing from modern influences like Radiohead and Wilco.

Maxfield, Kitterman, and Connolly were born and raised in Salt Lake City and played in a band together while attending West and East high schools. Meanwhile, Anderson and Jones had formed their own band in Sacramento, Calif. Fictionist formed not long after Jones and Maxfield met while studying music at BYU in 2005. Since then, Provo has been considered home base as the band has toured up and down the Western United States.

"We are proud to be from Utah and excited to draw even more attention to the phenomenal talent and music scene thriving in this state," Jones said. "We owe a lot of our present success to the help and generosity of Utah's great music venues, promoters, bloggers, radio stations, producers, engineers, and of course, the incredible fans. We know we could not have done this alone."

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