Fiction Reform is a female-fronted American punk rock band from Orange County, CA. The band was formed in 2009 by Dan Powell (bass) and Danny Baeza (drums), who then recruited ex-Civet drummer Brenna Red (vocals/guitar) and Aaron Chabak (guitar). They released their debut Revolution In the Palms of the Weak on Basement Records in 2010. But, Powell was replaced by Danielle Lehman for their second album Take Your Truth (2012). They cite as influences bands like Bad Religion and The Descendents, and, as such, they are recommended if you like A Pretty Mess, whom I’ve posted about recently. But, Fiction Reform‘s punk is more pop-oriented, and Brenna Red’s voice is more Brody Dalle-esque. In fact, Brenna told MTV that she was an outcast and became a drummer, originally, because of her low voice. So, this band is also recommended if you like The Distillers. Sadly, Fiction Reform is currently on hold saying that they have “decided to continue without Brenna in the band.” Hopefully, we’ll hear new music from both Brenna Red and Fiction Reform soon.
Fiction Reform‘s excellent debut, Revolution In the Palms of the Weak (2010), was actually recorded, sans vocals, before Brenna Red was even recruited. “Small Silhouette” was featured on ESPN‘s SportsCenter, and other songs have been featured in MTV‘s The Dudesons in America and Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory. My 10-year-old daughter Gaby loves Fantasy Factory and Ridiculousness. Anyway, videos were released for “Small Silhouette”, “Whites In Their Eyes” and “Cancerous Gold”. Other cool tracks on the debut include “Mr. Eva Braun”, “Drugs In The Kitchen” and the acoustic ballad “Come Back Home”. Watch the videos released from this album here: