Huntington Beach-based pop/punk band Static Fiction released their debut EP, Introducing, last Saturday with a great gig at the Mint.
The EP features five songs of high-energy pop/punk that the band created with the help of noted punk/rock producer Ryan Greene.
If you need an idea of what to expect, think of bands like Sugarcult mixed with crunchy, well-written pop punk along the lines of Simple Plan, No Use for a Name, and the Offspring - that's a good start.
Lead singer/vocalist Paul Lapinsky has a unique voice that fits the music well - and on songs like "Ashes" (which features a slick guitar lead) and "Stop and Look" (the catchiest song of the five), it's evident that the band really took their time when crafting this set of songs.
The story of their conception is pretty cool, too. According to their Facebook page, acquiring the services of Ryan Greene was no easy task:
You drive to Tempe Arizona, sneak backstage at an Authority Zero show and beg the lead singer for Ryan Greens number, so thats exactly what they did (thanks Jason).
Their plan worked, and thanks to other fortuitous developments Introducing also features guest appearances by Mike Herrera of MXPX (on backup vocals for "Stop and Look") and Strung Out's Rob Ramos (backup vocals on all five songs).
The result is a pretty high-quality set of pop/punk songs carried out by some more than capable musicians. They seem to have a solid grasp on what they're doing, musically.
Static Fiction is currently looking for label representation, but no matter what happens they should presumably hit the road soon. If you're into fun, high-spirited pop/punk with great hooks, get hip to their music (note: Introducing will be available online sometime soon, so pay attention to their Facebook to stay in the loop).