Brothers Matthew and Dustin Deulley have set out to ‘write music worth listening to’ and unite audiences with a shared connection to the songs they play. Ohio alternative rock musicians, A Work of Fiction are not afraid to address the serious issues in life, but present harsh realities in a way that leaves the listener feeling hopeful for the future. They believe each life is a book that is written by the individual, and as such, you have the power to write your own story.
Giving is essential. There are more types of cancer than sub-genres in metal music and virtually every person has been affected in some way by this disease. Last year, Matthew was a driving force in the Cleveland Hates Cancer benefit after losing a friend to brain cancer. Matthew explains, “Because I have never been a perfect Christian, and I don’t believe anybody is, or even a perfect person, my goal has always been to give as much as I can whether it be through my music or (something else).” His strong Christian values and desire to help where he can has led A Work of Fiction to a new way to give. Through the entire month of October, fans can purchase their EP, The Long Haul, for whatever price they choose and one hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to Relay For Life, an organization dedicated to fighting cancer. Matthew says, “Part of the re-awakening of A Work of Fiction from the hiatus was just this concept of we always want to be giving.” Fans and cancer-haters alike can follow this link to help A Work of Fiction make a difference: https://aworkoffiction.bandcamp.com/album/the-long-haul-ep
Loss is absolute and final. In the song, “Dear Brother”, lyrics say, “And though the seasons change/And all the memories fade/One thing will never go away/The words on your gravestone/Say all the things I’m trying to say” bringing to light a missed opportunity. Often in times of grief, we are overcome with a sense of unfinished business, so many things left unsaid or undone. At one part, the song repeats the same phrase over and over in an attempt to gain a different outcome. But, no matter how many times you hear it, the fact remains that someone you loved is no longer here. The music behind the lyrics is upbeat and light, delivered in traditional punk vocals that serve to instill a hopeful feeling. The pain is apparent, but not overwhelming. For the Deulley Brothers the song has become a perfect and lasting legacy to the brother they lost too soon.
Don’t get comfortable. The music of A Work of Fiction is much like the lives we live. It is constantly changing and developing as they grow. Matthew is a multi-instrumentalist and is concentrating on composition to create a fuller sound for the upcoming album. As a technical musician, he listens to each song in terms of how simple parts fit together to make a complex sound. Also the primary songwriter, Matthew creates music based on his own experiences and says, “What I think is cool is that each member of the band has their own meaning toward the things that I have written.” A Work of Fiction is not only music we relate to, but music the band relates to as well. The new album promises more of the signature A Work of Fiction sound with a twist. I got a preview of the new songs and was instantly surprised and excited at the innovative elements that will be featured on the new release. Joined by Brian Andel (bass) and Derrick Shrock (guitar) A Work of Fiction is planning live shows in January to introduce the new album. Without offering any spoilers, I can promise that A Work of Fiction will delight and enthrall audiences once more as they continue to write their own story. For me, A Work of Fiction is the perfect accompaniment to my own story and will remain on replay while I work on it.