I went to a couple shows at this wonderful place called the Dojo while attending BYU. Its spacious interior was well-furnished with comfy couches and plenty of floor space; ideal for hosting mellow concerts. (I believe the building was recently renovated as an entrepreneurial office space. You can read about it here. If I’m wrong, someone tell me. Otherwise, I’m thrilled to see this place back in operation, even for a different purpose).
Around November 2000, I went to the Dojo to hear this band I had read about in the Daily Universe called Infrared. They were reputed to sound very different from what was typical in Provo. Infrared was described as “sedate, even reverent.” I was intrigued. Soon after I read about Infrared, they changed their name to Coastal to avoid name conflict with another band (I think they actually announced this at the show I was at). Their melancholy sound was a good fit for my final days in college. It launched a psychic process whereby I have sought out recordings by other slowcore and shoegaze bands and grafted them into my college memories. (I don’t know how I missed their later show with Low – good grief!)
Later, I found out that Coastal’s drummer, Jim Harker, married the sister of a childhood friend of mine in Minnesota. Just recently, I found out that Jim is related to a distant cousin-in-law, not to mention my own wife! Oh, small Mormon world! Jim agreed to share his perspective on Coastal and what he has been up to lately.Continue Reading →
In a recent YouTube video released by the Provo-based band Fictionst, members of the band browse a record store. After picking up albums by various artists and mentioning each by name, the camera zooms and focuses on the Atlantic logo. At the end of the video, Fictionist frontman Stuart Maxfield finds a Fictionist album in the Local Music section. He picks it up and looks at the camera…
… proving you can say much more without saying anything at all.
Fictionist plans to make their big announcement at the Velour Live Music Gallery in Provo, Utah on September 21st. Until then, we would like to congratulate them on signing with Atlantic Records. Congratulations, Fictionist.
Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story
of that man skilled in some ways of drumming,
the wanderer, in search of new gigs,
after he wowed the crowds
behind the proud red drums of Pilot. He saw the Pink House,
and learned the minds of several different men
and weathered difficult rehearsals
on his hard chair behind the skins, while he fought only
to play good drum parts, to bring his bandmates honor.
But not by will nor valor could he save them,
for their own bickering destroyed the band. Continue Reading →
Some bands “explode” onto the local music scene; others are merely on the verge of “blowing up”. And some bands let the kinetic energy of their music speak for itself. Provo band Fictionist eschews such metaphorical pyrotechnics, focusing instead on honesty within the creative process, as well as creating a sense of community within the 6-member band. Continue Reading →
Why is Provo’s music scene so fertile right now? Provo band Fictionist will be discussing that along with Velour Live Music Gallery and Isaac Russell tonight at 6:00 (MDT) on KRCL 90.9 FM’s RadioActive.