Show Review – Fictionist at Irving Plaza (New York City)
There’s something of a buzz every time I go to a show at the Irving Plaza. It’s not as heralded as Terminal 5 or the Music Hall, but being one of the most conveniently-located venues in Manhattan, It’s a venue that attracts a good turnout. The last show we went to at the Irving Plaza was New Politics, so a little of the NYC indie rock crowd and a very youthful presence was sure to be seen.
During a night that was filled with joy over Neon Trees newest album, and local favorites COIN, I don’t imagine many geared up for the fun rager that would be caused by Fictionist.
The group, composed of 5 from Utah: Stuart Maxfiel, vocals and guitar; Jacob Jones, keyboard; Aaron Anderson, drums; Robbie Connolly, guitar and vocals; Brandon Kitterman, guitar and synth; Spencer Harrison, Bass and vocals.
Coming of the gate, the band seemed funky in ever sense of the word. Stuart came out to a Utah Jazz shirsey while the other bands suited up in regular old t-shirts and jeans. These guys looked like they had no worries at all. It gave a very, “fuck it, let’s just play some good tunes and dance” vibe. I liked it and actually got me pretty excited.
The band played a very short set, but throughout it all, it was just enough to make me anticipate more music coming soon. During the performance, there was enough interaction that they werne’t dull – they just really rocked every song. They finished with what’s probably their best and most danceable song: “Free Spirit” – and just like the name, that was what their is all about. Just being free and enjoying a good performance.
New or old fans, you couldn’t really tell which ones were jumping up and dancing. It’s the sort of thing that makes me enjoy not just writing about, but experiencing shows in person. Maybe I wasn’t a fan before, but I’l definitely be filled with joy for them instead of a headliner at the next Fictionist show.