Making Fiction Family albums isn't hard for Jon Foreman and Sean Watkins. But finding the time to make them is.
The two have demanding "day jobs," as Foreman notes. He's the lead singer of the rock band Switchfoot and also maintains an active solo career. Watkins, meanwhile, is a member of the currently on hiatus Nickel Creek and an active session player. So while it only took Fiction Family about four days to make its new "Fiction Family Reunion," those occurred over a two-year period.
"The scheduling is the biggest challenge," says Foreman, 36. "The band just kind of grew out of an organic love of playing music together. That's what we enjoy doing when we're home -- together.
"But the fact is we all have our day jobs. Even if they're all in music, they're still day jobs, so finding time when we're in the same place and actually have the time to work together is the hard part."
"Fiction Family Reunion," which came out Jan. 29, comes four years after the group's self-titled debut and shows much has changed during that time -- primarily the addition of two full-time players, Aaron Redfield and Tyler Chester, who joined after the first album was released in 2009 and became integral contributors to the new set.
"When we toured for the first record, we quickly realized we were a band with these two extra people," recalls Watkins, 35. "We decided we wanted to record that way when we did it again, just the four of us, which was completely different than the first time around, when it was just me and Jon in our bedrooms, writing and recording.
"So we just all got in the same room, without a producer or an engineer. We did it all ourselves -- just press record, go into the room and learn the songs right there and record them. It came out great."
Foreman and Watkins, meanwhile, say they know better than to predict when they'll next get together. Foreman and Switchfoot are planning a documentary film with a band-written soundtrack, "Fading West," this spring, while Watkins is finishing work on his fourth solo album.
Fiction Family, Aaron Gillespie, Brice Avery, Noah Gunderson and Now, Now perform Saturday, Feb. 9, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $14. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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