Coping with change in a time of near constant flux forms the thematic nucleus of new tracks pounding from the studio of heart-on-sleeve, arena-grade alt-rockers, Simple Fiction, with their welcome return single, Games. Connecting with the acute disorientation of youth in normal times and the distortions of today, frontman and lyricist, James Evans gives himself up, line-by-line, to listeners in songs that cry truths of change and resilience.
Games is released as the first single from a four-track EP, Final Days Of A Phase, set for release in Spring. Simple Fiction have previously won critical praise and radio support for popular singles including 2018’s breakthrough, high-streaming hit, Tall Stories, 2019’s Grey and last year’s Follow.
Admitting to concealing their deep-and-meaningfuls behind a veil of pure, headrushing, festival-friendly indie, the three-piece’s meaningful prose is cut with the band’s own listening preferences, highlighting Vista Kicks, The Magic Gang and Tame Impala as vague influences, while pulling the radio-friendly, venue-filling punches of Catfish and the Bottlemen and Sam Fender. Waiting for the curtain to go back up on live music, Simple Fiction will eventually pick up where they left off, having supported the likes of BLOXX and Vistas before venues went dark.
Reflecting on the personal journey behind Games, Evans says: “Lyrically, ‘Games’ is about the personal struggles of adapting to a new and intimidating world. It’s about battling with your own sense of insignificance and the struggle to know where your place is in it all. Whilst the song highlights the difficulties of a relationship, it is more about our relationships with the world around us.”
Forming nearly four-years ago, Simple Fiction’s story starts at University in the South of England and three friends drifting together to make things happen. The creative catalyst of Evans, working to explain his world as best he can in song, is met by with compositional brilliance of Carlos de los Santos (lead guitar) and Tom Blunt (drums), completing the long-term line-up.
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