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Strange Fiction

Austin, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Rock Pop





First up was Strange Fiction. Fresh on the Austin scene, they just released their first single, “Josephine”, back in October. At 9:30 PM they took the stage, introducing themselves, and thanking the crowd for coming out “so early” to hear them play. As they started their first song, I was surprised to see that floor space was about two-thirds full, unpacked. People chatted throughout their performance or looked at their cellphones, clearly waiting for one of the later bands to take the stage. A handful of others listened eagerly, crowded around the stage. Personally, I liked their sound. They reminded me of something you’d listen to on a lazy Sunday morning drive, a combination of classic pop and heavy synth, mellow but upbeat. The vocals reminded me of Morrissey with the same dreamlike elements. My favorite part of their set was probably when they did an excellent cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.” They had talent, that’s for sure- with strong melodies and poetic lyrics, I wouldn’t be surprised if we heard more of them in years to come. - Austin Fusion Magazine

"Swan Dive Show Review"

Strange Fiction, an indie/pop-rock five-some from Austin, brought their established sound to Swan Dive to headline the evening. The five handsome men executed a clear, futuristic sound with the use of classic instruments and synthesizers–creating an unusual yet starkly human sound. Strange Fiction turned Swan Dive into Madison Square Garden, as they played with grandiose conviction and confidence. Each track was uplifting and spunky. The elegant synth tones and rock ‘n roll leverage that possesses Strange Fiction gives them a formidable sound and reputation. - ATX On Record


Strange Fiction released their EP Strange Fiction in January of this year, and new music has been anticipated by their fans in the recent months. Well, wait no longer (okay, maybe just a little longer) because the band will be releasing their new single “Ready for You” next week.

Strange Fiction produces a futuristic yet uniquely down to earth vibe that intrigues the listener just enough to make one wonder what genre they are actually listening to. The band’s EP in January gave us a taste of their unique indie/pop rock sound as they couple electronic synth with classic instruments. Whatever you make it out to be, it is easy, fun listening that is of the highest caliber.

All that to say, Strange Fiction set the bar pretty high for their newest single, and the current writer sits here in astonishment. For such a young band, the sound that Nathan Medina, Colin Campbell, James Blair, Chris Applegate, and Nathan Rabold create together is beautifully mature and well established.

“Ready for You” is a song about a man opening up to the idea of love. He has found someone who is worth ending the “games” for, someone who he believes in. Don’t get the wrong impression though, this story is done the Strange Fiction way with the perfect mix of almost tangible vocals and lyrics that we connect with so well and the fun and upbeat electronic rhythms that are iconic of this genre.

The song begins with a driving synth bass line and solo vocals by the crystal clear, delicate, and yet strong voice of lead singer Nathan Medina. He intros the song perfectly before soaring into a stellar falsetto for the chorus and the entrance of the backing vocals. The backing vocals have a very interesting effect on them that adds to the psychedelic feel that we love to get out of this band.

This small post production effect is just another example of how detail oriented Strange Fiction is when it comes to their music. Nothing is released without the icing being spread just right.

Both verses are very strong with great lyrics. This is rather heartfelt song and it just makes you smile. The bridge breaks down to a simple snapping rhythm and builds back up to the falsetto that we are graced with time and again throughout the track. After some vamping, the song ends on a simple downbeat and you can almost hear the applause that this single will receive in the silence that follows. - ATX On Record


Strange Fiction - Self Titled EP - To Be Released Early 2016



After dusting off an old Roland synthesizer at a neighbor’s garage sale, Nathan Medina acquired an unexpected new source of musical inspiration. At the core, the songs draw from Medina's long love of narrative songwriting and appreciation for songwriters like Ryan Adams, Ben Gibbard, and Patty Griffin. He began to blend in the new, other-worldly sounds that sprang from the Juno-60’s oscillators with these songs. 

The result was a brew of post-americana, nostalgic storytelling in a bed of synth-laden and reverb heavy soundscapes, a sound that Nathan and his collaborators, Colin Campbell, James Blair, Nathan Rabold & Gabriel  quickly dubbed “Strange Fiction”. 

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