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Fiction Reform / Press

“Fiction Reform finally yanked people away from the bar and brought the crowd to the stage. The punk quartet from La Habra delivered an all-killer-no-filler set, with vocalist/guitarist Brenna Red, though small in stature, proving herself a mighty frontwoman in the raspy vein of Courtney Love and Brody Dalle. They actually looked like they were having fun, prompting lots of audience interaction while letting loose on tracks like "Smoke and Whiskey," "Whites in Their Eyes" and a fast-and-furious cover of the Jefferson Airplane’s "White Rabbit."”

““We are Fiction Reform! Get ready to have a good f***ing time!” yelled Brenna Red, the front woman of one of the best Orange County punk rock bands out there. I think in all honesty when it comes to venues like Norwalk Moose Lodge, Fiction Reform is way out of their league. in a good way. This punk rock band ranks higher than most and can outstage any hole in the wall venue. On another note, it’s lucky when fans get to catch them performing at more intimate places like these where they can get up close to the band. Rock out with Fiction Reform at the Old Towne Pub in Pasadena on June 30th and you’ll know what I mean.”

“One thing is for sure: no one can call this group stagnant. Take the DISTILLERS, a little STRIKE ANYWHERE, and a beer and sweat soaked pit and you’ve got FICTION REFORM. Just in the last year they’ve released Revelation in the Palms of the Weak on Basement Records and were featured on a number of MTV and ESPN shows. Also just recently they were nominated for an OC Music Awards ‘Best Punk’ Award. Sound like a band you should be listening to yet?”

“Like a bottle of brown-bagged whisky in the back of a tour van; like a night of full-fledged mischievous debauchery; like streaking naked and rebellious through the cold night air. Orange County hardcore punk revivalists, Fiction Reform, come at the listener with liberating confidence and brazen confrontational energy. They embrace the positive effects of ego without losing in their lyrics the visionary social roots of traditional hardcore punk rock–a sound that became long-ago became definitive to the Orange County music scene. Aggressively assaulting the senses with husky screams and punk rock power chords, Fiction Reform is one of those cult-following bands who snares the listener with raucous energy and a generous amount of addictive growl–the kind that makes you feel like a fearless, feckless teenager bent on starting a revolution against societal disenfranchisement.”

"The Birth of a New Lifestlye With Fiction Reform" - Cover Story Fiction Reform hadn’t even put out their first record, and they were getting the kind of word-of-mouth buzz that punk veterans would have killed for. ESPN grabbed their single “Small Silhouette” off the band’s not-yet-released debut to feature the song on Sportscenter, and the phone started ringing. In quick succession, GC Records called to get permission to use the single on a benefit compilation; then XM/Sirius called to get a copy to start playing on the radio. All this before the record was ever pressed. With the album Revelation in the Palms of the Weak finally out on Basement Records, guitarist Aaron and singer Brenna spoke recently about the band, working with Basement founder Chuck Dietrich and why they’re glad they’re not on “Cops.”

““The Distillers and Bad Religion have Offspring?!?” Fiction Reform’s debut album, Revelation in the Palms of the Weak, has everything you could want in a punk record. Loud guitars ripping rockabilly blues solos atop a raucous rhythm section, while raspy blonde-shell Brenna Red barks out more “whoa-whoas” and “hey heys” than are legal in some states. The only problem is, sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. On sizzlin’ cuts like album opener “Whites in their Eyes,” Fiction Reform brings it better than some of their SoCal brethren. “Cancerous Gold” is Fiction Reform’s perfect storm. This track shows the potential of Fiction Reform and how they can take a tried and true formula and still make an exciting product (despite some bumps along the way). Their unplugged experiment proves that Fiction Reform could be more than just another punk rock band.”

“A bit less than a year ago, Fiction Reform performed its inaugural set at The Vibe. In the time since, the female-fronted punk act’s already released its first album and even embarked on some out-of-town dates. Next week, Fiction Reform will play The Vibe once again. It’s almost déjà vu, as vocalist/guitarist Brenna Red jumpstarts memories of her band’s initial foray—and how things might also be memorable for this installment. "This time around we’re more cohesive and expect to pack the place, tear up the stage, and rock the hell out of our fans. Also, we’re direct support for The Adolescents. So yeah, I expect this to be a night to remember.” Look for the fine-tuned Fiction Reform to own The Vibe’s stage. And expect “a sexy hot mess,” says Red. “Imagine your favorite punk band you used to go see when you were a kid. Then turn it up to 11 and keep the music tight and professional. Like that.””

“If you love edgy female fronted bands then you’re in for a treat this week. Led by the feisty lead vocalist Brenna and accompanied by Aaron on guitar, Dan on bass, and Danny on drums, Fiction Reform, take up-tempo punk rock to the next level. With influences like Guns’N’Roses and Rise Against, it’s obvious this band sure knows how to rock! Newly signed to Basement Records, the band just released their debut album “Revelation in the Palms of the Weak” on April 20th and have been generating buzz everywhere with their single “Small Silhouette.” Now this is the kind of song that will be stuck in your head for days after the first listen! With such a catchy hook that is begging you to sing-a-long to, it’s hard to fight the urge to rock out to this jam! Fiction Reform is full of energy and you can tell by the passion in Brenna’s voice that they are here to stay.”

“Every month, Ernie Ball selects one winner from one music channel to be the recipient of a years supply of free strings. Each month, a different genre is chosen and axe wielders of all shapes and sizes get the opportunity to win. We caught up with winners Fiction Reform and The Worsties to learn a little more about their playing style, major influences and favorite guitarists among other things. Check out their responses at the link below.”

“It was only a matter of time until someone took a stab at filling the void that was left by The Distillers. Fiction Reform are definitely a flash back to female fronted street punk ala Teen Idos (when Heather was singing), Tilt, and most obviously The Distillers. Solid production on this record and plenty of sing-a-longs. Fiction Reform definitely isn't reinventing the wheel, but with the lack of strong female fronted aggressive bands these days they could be onto something.”