Here are the facts: Fiction Writer’s debut single ‘No Rumour’ is a fuzz-drenched, sass-filled stomper of a dance-rock tune. Squished guitars, sizzling hats and belting drums mince through a propulsive racket falling somewhere between Queens of the Stone Age and Royal Blood, as the lead singer’s distinctive voice yelps of hurts and emotion.
The lead singer is Sydney-based vocalist/guitarist and songwriter Gideon Bensen who released a debut EP of experimental ‘80s influenced new-wave pop under his own name in late 2015. He then departed from The Preatures in March 2016 and has been stealthily working on a brand new guise. Bensen has now drawn a stark line between both his previous band and self with his new band: Fiction Writer.
No Rumour was Produced alongside Dave Hammer (Washington/Thundamentals) and mixed by Chris Collins (Middle Kids/Gang of Youths) and is Track 1 of a forthcoming EP.
The striking video – which premiered on CLASH (UK) – was choreographed by Richard House, dancer and choreographer for The Australian Ballet and shot and directed by cinematographer, Tim Glastonbury. “Having ballet as a visual to Gideon’s sound emphasises the drama in the track in a unpredictable way, pairing ballet and “No Rumour” has created something unique”, says Richard. The nourish tale depicts an uneasy parallel between dancers, with each facet of their relationship a masquerade of ulterior motives.
‘No Rumour’ is OUT NOW on Puncture Records with Fiction Writer’s live debut announcing soon.
PRAISE FOR GIDEON BENSEN
“FICTION WRITER’s crisp, fuzz-fuelled return is the start of something big”!
“One of this year’s most hyped artists …infusing rock with pulsing electronic beats, he has created an exciting new sound that harks back to the 80’s industrial movement”.
“this is such an exciting record. YOU’VE DONE WELL GIDEON!”.
Jacob Rickard (Annie Mac Producer) – BBC Radio 1 tweet
“A mix of Jack Ladder, David Byrne and Jarvis Cocker, this is the sound of cool”.
Dom Alessio, triple j