“I grew up around so much showbiz hype, hyperbolic flattery and toxic idolatry that I grew to detest any positive statement that contained a single drop of insincerity,” says Joe Sumner, vocalist/bassist for transcontinental band FICTION PLANE, and also, incidentally the son of Sting. Their atmospheric and lyrically optimistic fourth studio album Mondo Lumina is set for a November 13, 2015 release via Rhyme & Reason Records. “The title means ‘world of light’,” explains Sumner. “It’s about the ability to see the beauty in things, to see life in full color.” “It also reflects where we all are in our lives, as fathers and husbands,” adds drummer Pete Wilhoit. In addition, the band is currently routing dates around CMJ Music Marathon 2015 in New York City which includes the Rhyme & Reason Records Showcase at Pianos on October 13th.
The album was produced and engineered by renowned engineer Tom Syrowski(Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Incubus) at Henson Recording Studios(formerly The Charlie Chaplin Mansion) in Hollywood. These 12 tracks showcase some of the band’s most vibrant songcraft and masterful musicianship to date. From the accessible and up-tempo “Where Do We Go From Here” to the echoing “Walk Through The Fire” to the mellow and anthemic “Don’t Give Up The Fight” to the seductive “First Time”– Mondo Lumina glistens with confidence.
Yahoo! Music premiered the Joe Dirt-esque music video earlier today for their feel-good lead single “Where Do We Go From Here” which can be seen here: https://rising.yahoo.com/post/129287339693/see-it-first-stings-son-channels-dad-with-his. In addition, the track is now available for purchase and fans that pre-order the album will immediately receive a gratis download of the track. The pre-order can be found here: http://radi.al/MondoLuminaFP
In 1999, Joe formed the memorably-monickered Santa’s Boyfriend, and soon found a kindred spirit in guitarist Seton Daunt on lead guitar. The ambitious fledgling outfit released the self-produced indie album Swings and Roundabouts and successfully toured the U.S., generating considerable record company interest. Rechristening itself Fiction Plane and signing with MCA Records, the band released its mainstream debut Everything Will Never Be OK in 2003, including the popular lead single “Hate,” to considerable critical acclaim and fan enthusiasm. Pete joined on drums in time to tour behind the album. The band’s tireless touring efforts helped solidify their enthusiastic grass-roots audience. They have a tremendous amount of touring under their belt including Sting’s Broken Music Tour (29 shows in 25 countries) and The Police‘s reunion tour (87 shows). High-profile European festival appearances include Paaspop (The Netherlands), Pinkpop (The Netherlands), The Vieilles Charrues (France), Rock Am Ring (Germany), Rock im Park (Germany). European rock festivals include Meribel Little World Festival, Glastonbury Festival (UK), Nice Jazz Festival (France). They’ve even performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Fiction Plane’s fourth studio album Mondo Lumina will be released on November 13, 2015. An East Coast and West Coast headline tour is in the pipeline for this Fall.
Fiction Plane is Joe Sumner (vocals, bass), Pete Wilhoit (drums), and Seton Daunt (guitar).