Fiction Plane is famous for their single “It’s A Lie” and its Risky Business-influenced video, complete with the famous dancing scene. They’ve played their U2-like alt-rock all around the world. Plus, their singer/bassist Joe Sumner is the son of Gordon Sumner. You don’t recall that name? Well, he is also known as Sting. Seton Daunt on guitar and Indiana native Pete Wilhoit on drums complete this British alt-rock trio who’ll be playing at Arlene’s Grocery on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.
Though they have toured with The Police and Sting on several occasions, Fiction Plane is famous in their own right. They’ve been on tour with bands from all over the music spectrum including 311, Snoop Dogg, and The Bravery. Sumner is a huge Nirvana fan so it’s no surprise that most of Sumner’s songs are broody and full of discontent (for example, “I Wish I Were Dead”). However, those lyrics and Sumner’s voice (which when he whines is strikingly like that of his father’s) are coupled with upbeat drumming and rocking guitar riffs. This groove is heard in their 2007 album, Left Side Of The Brain. With it came the charming single “Two Sisters” about one man who can’t choose between the two sisters that he’s sleeping with and is consequently in love with. How adorable. Anyway, they have not performed a headline show in NYC since Nov. 2007 so who knows when Fiction Plane will land in the area again?
Arlene’s Grocery is at 95 Stanton Street, NYC. Tickets are $10 and it’s only a walk-up event. For more info, go to myspace.com/fictionplane.