The Fiction Kids are a band unstuck in time. They occupy a post-punk niche nestled between shoegaze and goth rock that’s both nostalgic and fresh, replete with rollicking guitar anthems. They are fronted by Rama Kooks, a veteran writer and performer who’s been playing since his teens in Jakarta. After moving to the US, he toured with bands like Fan-Tan and The Dearloves.
Rama is joined by a rhythm section featuring Alexa Ambrose (Fugue, Laundry Day), and J Thompson (Quiet Giant, Field Recordings). Since their inception in 2018 this trio has played with artists like Future Islands, Pile, and Dehd. In 2019 they released their debut album, Souvenir. Souvenir is a diverse collection of songs written rapid fire over the last two years and produced by former TFK bassist Sam Carlson at Sans Serif Recording.
Their music is comes from a shoegaze meets post-punk approach to their songwriting and floats between pop and noise from song to song.
"(The Fiction Kids) arrive fully-formed, like a band that is already comfortable and confident with its process."
Jan 1, 2020
The Independent has a fine review of our Manic Monday show. In it, we're described as "New Haven’s hardest-working new band," and we couldn't be prouder. Past recipients of this award include James Brown and all of John Dwyer's bands. Pretty good company!
Dec 1, 2019
CT Verses has awarded Souvenir Album of the Month! Wow, thanks guys, that really knocks us out \m/
Nov 18, 2019
Check out the good things that The New Haven Independent had to say about our record release party. There's even a video clip where you can see the actual gazing of shoes. Rad!
Sep 10, 2019
Our show with the Future Islands got wonderful coverage over at Surviving the Golden Age. Thank you for writing about our "sprawling sonic pop" <3
Sep 4, 2019
Check out this ultra-kind review from CT Verses. Man, you really get us! thanks xoxo