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Wednesday, November 9, 2011


written by Josh Weiker 
Photo courtesy of J. MATTHEW PHOTOGRAPHY
 Dance Party, you say? Look no further than TEEN FICTION. By looping amazing hypnotically bass-driven beats, and adding a vast array of accompanying melodies, this act is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before.

Photo courtesy of J. MATTHEW PHOTOGRAPHY
Front man, Bob Dawson, is like a magical, electro-rock pastry chef, who delivers awesome little treats concocted from his primary ingredients: drums, guitar, keys, sampled beats, and vocals. Then, right hand man, and local saxophone extraordinaire, Colin Martin comes along to place the proverbial whipped cream and cherry on top – seriously, it’s a ridiculously perfect mixture of modern and classic musical styles, that truly rocks, and is a must see ...

The first time I saw this act was at ComFest (2011). Sadly, I came in near the end of their set, but it was very obvious by the rather sizable dancing mobs of people, both on, and in front of the stage, that something good was going down. It was kind of hard to tell who was in the band, and what was happening, but I remembered that Teen Fiction was worth checking out – little did I know, just how many times I would see them in the following months.

Photo courtesy of J. MATTHEW PHOTOGRAPHY
This dynamic duo has been blowing up all over Columbus in 2011. Aside from playing ComFest, you might have seen them at Urban Scrawl, Hot Times Festival, Independent’s Day, Trauma, or at one of the many various venues around the city (and perhaps maybe even a strip club).What is really incredible, is the level of energy Teen Fiction brings to each show.

Mr. Dawson is always hyped and ready to dance semi-circles around his drum pad and keyboard – and you know the party is really going when he yells out his now trademarked fixture, “WoOOooOO !!” (which will also be supplemented with the occasional, “ YaaAAA !!!”). Mr. Martin, on the other hand, has taken it upon himself to wear the most hilariously peculiar outfits for their latest live shows – it’s as if he has an eccentric alter-ego [whose name is either unknown, or yet to be determined].

 Additionally, there have been recent sightings of one, Miss Button le Bouton, fancifully dancing about various Teen Fiction stages – and what can’t you love about her? All music aside, you should go to a Teen Fiction show just to have the opportunity to meet Mr. Bob Dawson– he’s one of those amazing people that emits ridiculous amounts of positive energy.

Photo courtesy of J. MATTHEW PHOTOGRAPHY
I swear his happiness is contagious, and it comes out in his music, his performances, and his company – each show is sprinkled with quirky shout outs of love to the crowd, and ever-present dancing legion of followers. I dare you to get out to a Teen Fiction show, listen, let go, and just have fun … just don’t yell at me when you end up dancin’ your pants off.

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