Fiction Family (Photo submitted)
Collaborations have their place in the overall framework of the music landscape.
From artist such as Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, when they seamlessly fit together, they bring a grand element to the table.
Such is the case with Fiction Family, a group composed of Jon Foreman from Switchfoot and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek.
Both have experienced successful careers with other groups, but when they came together with this project, Watkins said there were no great expectations set in front of them.
“The expectations aren’t as high. You have freedom to be more of yourself. Bands like this because the stakes aren’t as high, and you can do whatever you want and be yourself creatively,” Watkins said about coming together with Foreman and Fiction Family.
“In your main band, you can sometimes get stuck," he said, "but the side projects release any tension. This is fun, and it’s very care free.”
The group just released their second album, Fiction Family Reunion, this past week and is scheduled to perform in Nashville at Cannery Ballroom tomorrow night.
The new work was recorded at Switchfoot’s Spot X Studio from 2010-2012 and was one that brought great enjoyment for Watkins.
“It was pretty fun. You know, the record sounds more polished than the first one,” Watkins added.
With their previous effort, the recording process was mainly between Foreman and Watkins in separate spaces, but this album is a different story as they had the advantage of working together with bassist Tyler Chester and drummer Aaron Redfield.
“It was definitely more cohesive. We had a goal in mind from the beginning,” Watkins said about recording the new album.
“Fiction Family Reunion” features a varied mix of sounds through its 10 tracks, ranging from pop inclinations in “Give Me Back My Girl” to the acoustic soul of “Up Against the Wall.”
Their current tour will take the group through several cities and is presented by To Write Love on Her Arms, a nonprofit movement associated with finding help for people battling depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.
Watkins said their Nashville show will include other artists and they will perform much of the new record on this night.
Some of the names on the bill also include Aaron Gillespie of The Almost, Bryce Avary of The Rocket Summer, Now, Now, Noah Gunderson and spoken word poet, Anis Morjgani.
The concert is slated for 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, and is an all ages show.
For tickets, visit www.mercylounge.com.
To learn more about the group, visit www.fictionfamily.com.