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This week’s MTV PUSH Artist of the Week is the Virginia power trio The Downtown Fiction. Led by singer/guitarist Cameron Leahy, this young band combines the pop-punk now sound (think a less-tongue-in-cheek All-American Rejects) with some tightly wound classic-rock moves of yesteryear (think The Rolling Stones).
The Downtown Fiction got their start where so many bands do these days: online. In 2008, Leahy and drummer Eric Jones posted some demos to MySpace, corralled friend David Pavluk to join them on bass and soon found themselves a part of the roster on Photo Finish Records.
Since then, the band has released two EPs, one self-titled and one called The Best I Never Had — both of which are being reissued, together, as The Double EP, which throws in some demos for good measure.
In the videos below, you’ll get to know the young men behind the music. First up is an exclusive Buzzworthy Q&A in which the band members talk about touring Japan, give some details on its “no budget” video for “I Just Wanna Run” and explain the weird feeling of hearing the music on shows such as “The Hills” and “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.”
In the following piece, the band talks about its sound in relation to playing live and recording in a studio. In the final clip, Eric Jones talks about balancing school and his music career. After the jump you’ll see video interviews where the band members talk about how girls love David, why Eric loves espresso and their uniting affection for high voices.
Also also after the jump, see live videos of the band performing “I Just Wanna Run,” “Best I Never Had” and “You Were Wrong.”