Pop! Fiction, The Roxy, August 17, 2013
It was a Saturday afternoon on the legendary Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA – not a normal time for the hustle and bustle of activity associated with noted venues such as The Roxy – but Interscope Recording artist Megan Nicole was in town doing a headlining show. And fans arrived at the 1PM hour to see the lovely Ms. Nicole perform Summer Forever and her other singles. Local favorites A+ Dropouts were also on the bill, with the super charismatic vocal performance of 15 year old Cheska Zaide.
Opening the show was Pop! Fiction from Orange County, featuring the talents of Justin Tyler on vocals and Tyler Nichols on drums. Pop! Fiction definitely sent the room spinning with their pop rocking anthems, and provided the perfect way to kick off a Saturday in the wilds of Hollywood. Once Pop! Fiction took to the stage, it was pretty obvious they had many of their own fans in the audience – and they clearly won over the Megan Nicole crowd as well.
The pop-tastic refrains of Come Back had the early arrivals dancing to the tune’s wildly infectious refrains. The vibrant This Is The Summer heated up The Roxy, demonstrating Pop! Fiction’s knack for writing the perfect song. Maybe I’ll Call You Monday was playful and rambunctious followed by the sweet and striking reflections within The Way You Love Me.
What If? was a hit with its dance beats and addictive choruses. A definite highlight of the set was Wild And Young, a brand new tune that could very well shoot this hard working collective into the stratosphere.
Front man Justin Tyler, formerly a solo artist with a whole bunch of self-penned songs, delivers an energetic performance and is a good deal of fun to watch. Drummer Tyler Nichols keeps the beats with a skillful precision while the rest of the Pop! Fiction membership had their own wonderful moments to shine on through.
Destined for the Radio Disney crowd, there is a massive amount of talent and dedicated to be found within Pop! Fiction! Older fans who appreciate well written pop tunes will surely enjoy what this dynamic band has to offer up as well. Currently DIY for now, expect this pop rocking story to wind up with a glorious future – especially if their live shows and infectious songs are indicative of greater roads ahead.
Pop! Fiction and A+ Dropouts will be back at The Roxy on September 3rd opening up for Lawson, so be sure to head on towards the Sunset Strip and catch a rising star or two. And check out Pop! Fiction’s various EP’s and singles now available on ITunes!
(Review and Photos by Kenneth Morton)