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SALT LAKE CITY -- Local indie rock band Fictionist has come a long way from playing music in their basement and trying to pay attention in their jazz classes at BYU.
The quintet from Provo has made it through the second round of Rolling Stone Magazine's"Do You Wanna be a Rock & Roll Star" contest. Fictionist is now just one of four bands vying for the coveted spot on Rolling Stone's cover. It's something no other unsigned band has ever done.Rolling Stone points out that all five band members are Mormon, "but they try to keep overt religious references out of their songs." The magazine's website quotes Fictionist lead singer, Stuart Maxfield, as saying, "Music is an area in life where there aren't religious things and secular things that separate us." He went on to say, "Everybody can go to a concert and enjoy it."
If Fictionist makes it through the final four they will perform live at the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee in June and the performances will later be posted to Rolling Stone's website.
From there the votes will continue to come in and one lucky unsigned band will be on the cover of the world's largest music magazine.
Cover or no cover, Fictionist is making a name for itself. The band just won the 10th annual Independent Music Award for best song in the pop/rock category with Blue-Eyed Universe. The little local band is quickly gaining fans across the country and making a splash on the indie music stage.
A fan posted a video of Fictionist on YouTube titled, "Why you should vote for Fictionist - Rolling Stone Choose The Cover Contest." The video has some shots of the band playing live and gives five reasons why you should vote for them: Stuart Maxfield, Aaron Anderson, Robbie Connolly, Jacob Jones and Brandon Kitterman. These are the five members of the band. And if you've heard their music, that's five pretty good reasons.
According to Rolling Stone.com the finalists will be announced on May 13th at 11:59 p.m. EST. That will make it 9:59 p.m. locally.
That only gives you a few weeks to get online and help this well deserving local band become the first unsigned act to ever grace the cover of Rolling Stone.
In the last story we posted on Fictionist's road to Rolling Stone's cover we posted a video for their award winning song Blue-Eyed Universe. So, I thought I'd give you another sampling of their music. Below is a video for their song Treasure These Moments. Also take a look at their song, Still Reaching, and see drummer Aaron Anderson play the suitcase like an expert.