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Fiction Plane

Fronted by singer/songwriter Joe Sumner -- who is the adult son of pop/rock superstar and former Police vocalist Sting -- Fiction Plane is a mostly British alternative pop/rock outfit that started to acquire a U.K. following in the early 2000s. The fact that Sumner is Sting's son has inevitably been mentioned quite a bit in the British press, and yet, Fiction Plane's members have never gone out of their way to exploit the Sting connection. If anything, they have downplayed it; when MCA did a promotional mailing for Fiction Plane's debut album, Everything Will Never Be OK, in 2003, the official bio didn't even mention that Sting was Sumner's dad. Thus, no one can accuse Sumner of trying to ride his father's coattails. Nor can Fiction Plane be accused of going out of its way to emulate Sting or the Police; even if Sting has affected some of Sumner's singing and writing, U2 is actually a more noticeable influence. His voice, in fact, has a somewhat Bono-ish quality. But while the highly sociopolitical U2 can be very idealistic, the words that are typically used to describe Fiction Plane's lyrics include cynical, dark, melancholy, and world-weary -- and it should be noted that Sumner has cited '90s angst-rockers like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins as influences.

Born in England in the late '70s, Sumner was only a baby when the Police recorded their 1978 debut, Outlandos d'Amour. As a child, Sumner rebelled against music; he hated taking piano lessons and was more interested in video games. Nonetheless, he began studying the guitar at the age of ten and went on to learn the drums as well. It wasn't until 1991 -- when Sumner was 14 -- that he really became passionate about music. That year, Sumner heard Nirvana's amazingly influential Nevermind, which inspired him to start writing songs. A few years later, Sumner was jamming with his bass-playing friend Dan Brown, who shared his love of Nirvana and went on to become part of Fiction Plane. The start of Fiction Plane came in 1999, when the band was still called Santa's Boyfriend; subsequently, former art student Seton Daunt was hired to play lead guitar.

In 2001, they recorded a demo called Swings and Roundabouts, but their first official album, Everything Will Never Be OK, wasn't recorded until after they had signed with MCA and changed their name from Santa's Boyfriend to Fiction Plane. When David Kahne (known for his work with everyone from Tony Bennett to Sublime, the Bangles, and Sugar Ray) produced Everything Will Never Be OK in 2002, Fiction Plane didn't have a full-time drummer -- and the person who ended up filling in on that album was session player Abe Laboriel Jr., who had been a member of Paul McCartney's band. After that, Sumner and Brown hired an American drummer, Paul Wilhoit, to go on tour with them. MCA released Everything Will Never Be OK in the United States in March 2003. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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They bite. Thumbs down
Seeing them in a venue that holds less than 600 people was incredible-I t turned out to be one of the longer 'reviews' I ended up writing because I was so impressed that I had to keep noting awesome stuff they did.. A $15 well spent on my part!
Wish they were a little more popular in the USA...I've only found ONE person who has actually heard one of their songs. And it was just a song int he credits of that Disney movie 'Holes'. I'm sure they'll eventually get over here as long as Joe keeps doing what he's doing. ^_^
Saw them many times opening for The Police in '07 and in small clubs. They've got a great sound and are great guys. I hope they get the recognition they're due.
Fiction Plane playing Monday night 11/15/10 in NYC at Mercury Lounge... I'll be there, and it will most certainly be a Jay Porks Experience
i could of sworn they had left side of the brain a few months ago on pandora...
awsomeness
fantastic band. Newest cd Left Side of The Brain is brilliant.
Fiction Plane is will take hold in the US soon. BTW, the drummers name is Pete Wilhoit... not Paul. I worked with Pete when he drove to New York to audition for the band. This group received one of the best drummers on earth when they hired him.
caseyward390
Sadr City Blues is a amazing song, trouble is finding it. Fiction Plane made me a fan at Summerfest, July 6th. These guys are so underarted and will be blowing up in america soon.
band sounds like a Cure-biter to me
can't wait to see you guys in Juanitas, Little Rock,AR!!! Love the song CIGARETTE.

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