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Just a Couple of Nice Guys

Fiction Plane Talks About New Album, Touring

By Pey-Hua Hwang

Staff Writer

Between sets and after the Lifehouse show on Monday, I had the opportunity to talk to both Peter Wilhoit, the drummer who refers to himself as Pete, and Joe Sumner, the lead singer of the new band Fiction Plane, whose CD Everything Will Never Be Ok was released last March. They were cheerful and seemed happy to talk to me. Sumner even apologized for the occasional interruption when he stopped to talk to a fan or sign a fan’s CD. “Sorry for being so discombobulated, “ he said. I have to say I give credit to anyone who uses the word “discombobulated” without sounding forced.

Wilhoit commented about touring: “It’s a blast. First of all they [Lifehouse] are super super nice guys ... it’s nice to borrow their audience.” He also informed me that they began touring to promote their album in the States in January and planned to continue for about a year and a half. One thing that struck me as interesting about the band was that all of the band members were considerably taller than myself and also considerably taller than the members of Lifehouse.

Sumner seemed to exude energy and had a sort of self-deprecating humor that matched very well with the style of his song writing. He commented that he loved the energy of performing. “When its all, like, vibed up, nothing can stop us,” adding afterwards for the sake of hyperbole and humor, “When I’m saving puppies from trees I just use one arm to climb up,” in a very proper British accent that seemed almost out of place for someone who’s album promotes T-shirt, baggy shorts, and surfer boy mussed blonde hair. He said his favorite part of touring was “playing every night in front of loads of people,” and traveling to new places. One of his favorite cities was actually a surprise to him. “ I really like Nashville. I thought it would suck ... It’s an awesome town,” he said. Touring has a dark side, though: “not seeing your girlfriend often enough.”

He doesn’t seem to feel any pressure from being the son of the famous Sting. “It’s like being me. I have nothing to compare to, so I don’t know,” he said. He even commented that he’d been to MIT before. He attended a summer program at Berklee School of Music when he was sixteen and apparently attended an MIT party, which he characterized as a “demolition.”