XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
KARL: We just put out our debut full length record “Let It Destroy You”, which we are really proud of. We will be on tour starting next week, like August 19th, for the remainder of August and the first half of September. We are hitting a good majority of the US and really looking forward to getting out and seeing everyone.
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
KARL:New Fiction has only been together for a few months now, but all of the members were in a band together before.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
KARL: We have all been playing music since we were little kids. We were all in our first bands in high school and from there it was just kind of part of life. We love to make music, we love to perform, we love to tour; it is just kind of what we do I guess.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
KARL: That is a tough question because they are both such different sensations. Creating something new is obviously an incredible feeling. Seeing what you’ve got in your head come to fruition in a tangible way is extremely rewarding. But there is also nothing quite like being on stage. They are both equal for me honestly.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
KARL: Too many to count, most of which I could not possibly tell here for fear of being arrested or burned at the stake. If ever come to a show and you really want to hear some crazy ones, ask and maybe I’ll ruin your life with a few good stories. Here is a PG one though. My old band was playing a festival in like northern Canada on a literal farm, stage in a literal barn. It was a super sick show with a ton of people, and kids were going nuts. So I got hyped and climbed up the side of the barn during our last song. One of the slats broke and I fell like… twenty feet or something, and caught myself on a beam which I felt really good about for a second. Someone helped me down the rest of the way and I realized that both of my shoulders were totally sunken down below my collar bones and I could barely move them. Somehow I toughed it out through the end of the last song and walked off and went straight to the hospital where I learned I had torn my rotator cuff and both labrums. So I spent the rest of the tour in a sling, got home and after much struggle, eventually got some pretty serious surgery. Then I had to do a whole tour in the surgery sling. Rough.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
KARL: Uhhhh, I can’t really think of anything off the top of my head to be honest. I am sure there is some interesting ones, but nothing comes to mind at the moment.
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
KARL: At first no, not really. But now definitely yes. I can see why they would have reservations about some of it, but I think they know what it means to me now.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
KARL: They are all pretty new so it is fun performing all of them still. I really enjoy Down, Lost Boys, and Giving Up though!
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
KARL: Underoath was a big one for me because they were one of my favorite bands growing up. But I went to so many shows as a kid that it is kind of hard to say.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
KARL: Haha I don’t know. I am going to go with the My Chemical Romance reunion tour.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
KARL: In music, probably touring UK a few years back.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
KARL: For me I think maybe a teacher or a journalist. I am sure I’ll do some other things along side this.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
KARL: We keep it pretty simple these days for practicality. Cabs, heads, drums, microphones. We don’t currently have any equipment relationships with anyone, but if anyone is interested, hit us up haha!
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
KARL: Its ever-changing. There are things that I hate and I wish they would go back to the way there were at one point, and there are things that I love and I think are better than ever. One observation I’ve got though is that, thanks to the internet, we live in an age where everything runs on hype. Being able to put out one viral video, or one edgy gimmick which garners enough attention will propel you much further than years of practice and honed talent. This hands off the microphone to a whole crowd of people who might never have gotten it otherwise, for better or for worse. It amounts to a lot of flashes in the pan, but few big fires, if you will.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
KARL: Personally? Well I travel a lot. I’ve been to like 27 countries and almost every continent. As a band? I guess the fact that our drummer Ryan is closely related to THE big foot. If you see him at a show, ask if you can guess the number of hairs on his chest. Legend has it that if you guess right you will be blessed with seven bountiful harvests. If your corn fields are looking sparse this year, come out to a show and try your luck.
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
KARL: Always a tough question. I think it is really honest, emotional rock with some really heavy elements and some really not heavy elements. I’ll tell you what, you listen to it and tell me how you would describe it.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
KARL: Thanks for supporting what we are doing. We are really proud of this record, and we love to be on stage. There is no way to say it without sounding corny (especially if you’ve correctly guessed the number of hairs on Ryan’s chest), but we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Go check out and follow any bands that you really want to support on Spotify, make it out to their shows, buy their tee shirts and their hats and their posters and if you’re under the age of 13, their fidget spinners. Talk about those bands online and show them to your friends. You can easily get the music for free. As musicians in 2018, we know that, and no one is going to hold that against you (right Metallica?). But if you want good music to keep coming out, find some way to support those bands so they can keep making it. Thanks!