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Published on March 29th, 2014 | by Alan Cross

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A Band Reveals What It’s Like to be Unceremoniously Dropped from a Label

What’s it like to  have your hopes dashed after finally getting that big major label record deal?  A group called Fictionist knows all too well. After competing in the “make the cover of the Rolling Stone” a few summers ago (Canada’s Sheepdogs eventually won), they managed to grab that brass ring–or so they thought.

This article (via Greggory) appeared in the Herald Extra of Provo, Utah.

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on Fictionist’s parting with Atlantic Records. Part II will be online later this week and in Sunday’s “Religion & Entertainment” section.“I told you so.”

Those were Fictionist singer Stuart Maxfield’s words to an Atlantic Records representative five months ago. Almost exactly two years after the famed record label signed Fictionist to a multiple-album deal, the rep called Maxfield and told him Atlantic was dropping the band. Fictionist only recorded one album with Atlantic, and it was never released. From the beginning, it was clear that things weren’t gelling between Atlantic and band members Maxfield, Robbie Connolly, Brandon Kitterman, Aaron Anderson and Jacob Jones.

Finally freed from their contract, Maxfield and guitarist Connolly sat down with the Daily Herald, opening up about the grueling, disheartening ordeal that was their Atlantic experience.

“In hindsight, everything about how things came together was wrong,” Maxfield said, sitting in the dining room of his Springville home last week. “But at the same time, we had to see the thing through. I think we owe it to our family members and our loved ones to do the very best with what we have at any given moment.”

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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