Fiction Plane Vocalist Joe Sumner
Everyone who knows me is aware of how difficult it can be to get me to leave my house to attend a mid-week rock show. Unless food is involved, it is usually not going to happen. The reasons for this are two-fold. First of all, any band whose set time starts later than 9:00 PM is automatically eliminated from consideration, because if I’m not in bed asleep by 11:30 PM I turn into a pumpkin. Secondly, I honestly hate 90% of all music recorded after 1985. Just being serious.
But last night I was coaxed out to see a show at the nearby Mercury Lounge (a 15 minute walk from the Chickpad) under the pretext that the band would go on at 8:00 PM, and I would be back at home drinking a glass of chardonnay and watching reruns of The Office by 9:00 PM. I was also advised that the drummer of this band would knock my little pink socks off and that I could perhaps pitch him to Modern Drummer. Last but not least, I was promised that the band would not suck. I couldn’t really say no.
The name of the band I saw is Fiction Plane, and let me tell you truthfully that they are one of the best live bands I have seen. The show was FANTASTIC! I was so blown away by this band, and you know, as previously mentioned, that I hate almost everything. Lead vocalist/bassist Joe Sumner, (who at 32 is the eldest spawn of Sting and actress Frances Tomelty) is a dynamic front man and it does not hurt that he is so fucking gorgeous, even I was ready to throw my underwear on the stage. He looks like the California surfers I used to drool over when I was 15. Vocally, Sumner sounds quite a bit like his dad, and the band’s songs are flavored with a hard-to-miss Police influence – especially rhythmically – but they go so far beyond that. I was really, seriously impressed and very much entertained by them.
And the club was packed; not just with twenty-something girls all dressed up like they were sure Joe would fall in love with them if they could just sneak up to the edge of the stage and catch his eye, but with regular guys.
Generally with any new band, their songs go right through my brain, leaving absolutely no hook residue whatsoever in their wake. But I left the Mercury Lounge with actual bits of Fiction Plane songs stuck in my head (especially one about being “in love with your sister,” or something), and that just never, ever happens with me. Please do not let the fact that Joe Sumner is related to Sting keep you from seeing this fantastic band! I will sum up my opinion of Fiction Plane now in five words: great great, great great great!
Visit Fiction Plane online to find out when the band will be playing in your town.
8 thoughts on “Fiction Plane at the Mercury Lounge: What a Great Show!”
I agree; he sounds kinda like Sting…though he needs a haircut. And I believe the song you’re talking about says that he’s in love with “two sisters”… thankfully not his sister. Nice.
I see you’ve fallen in love with a band I’ve been obsessing over for the last 5 years! This Mercury Lounge show was by far one of the best live shows I’ve seen from the guys. Pete, Seton, and Joe were all on fire. Glad you had a great time and hope to see you out at another FP gig! 😉
I too fell in love with this band when I saw them the first time in 2007 and I’ve been addicted ever since. But the Mercury Lounge show was BY FAR the best! They were on fire!
Fantastic review! Glad you enjoyed them as much as we do. They really are amazing live!
Just loved what you had to say regarding my fave band. I’ve seen FICTION PLANE 8 times and YES, The Mercury Lounge show was the best I have seen!
Guys, if you’re reading this, come back to NYC REAL soon!
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