SOURCE: Atlantic Records

March 02, 2011 13:55 ET

The Downtown Fiction Unleashes Debut Album; Fairfax, VA-Based Pop-Rockers Herald Release With "Let's Be Animals Tour 2011"; Headline Trek Begins April 19th in St. Louis; Band Currently on the Road With "The Glamour Kills Tour" Alongside The Ready Set; Pair of Performances Set for the Bamboozle 2011; "LET'S BE ANIMALS" Arrives Everywhere This Spring

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 2, 2011) - Photo Finish recording group The Downtown Fiction has announced the release of their hugely anticipated debut album. "LET'S BE ANIMALS" arrives in stores and at all DSPs this spring.

In the meantime, pre-orders for the album will be available beginning this Friday, March 4th. Among the exclusive extras on offer will be a limited edition T-shirt, a "LET'S BE ANIMALS" necklace, and "LET'S BE ANIMALS" glow-in-the-dark wristbands. For more details and pre-ordering information, please visit www.thedowntownfiction.com/preorder or the official Photo Finish Records webstore, http://store.photofinishrecords.com.

The Fairfax, Virginia-based pop-rock trio will celebrate the album's arrival with a major US headline tour. The "Let's Be Animals Tour 2011" will kick off on April 19th at The Firebird in St. Louis and then travel the country through mid-May (see attached itinerary). Accompanying The Downtown Fiction on all dates will be He Is We, Cady Groves, and Amely. Enhanced VIP Ticket Bundles are available now for pre-order, including a general admission ticket, a signed poster, exclusive access to the band's soundcheck (as well as a meet-and-greet party), and a pre-order of the upcoming "LET'S BE ANIMALS" album. For more details, please see http://PFR.ec/fstFWW

In addition to the "Let's Be Animals Tour 2011," The Downtown Fiction is also among the acts performing on the main stage at The Bamboozle 2011, slated for May 1st at the New Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. What's more, April 29th will see the band taking part in the festival's annual opening night "Hoodwink" alongside New Found Glory (Feat. Marky Ramone), Thrice, Das Racist, and RX Bandits -- for further details and ticket information, please visit www.thebamboozle.com.

As if all that weren't enough, The Downtown Fiction recently embarked on "The Glamour Kills Tour," featuring The Ready Set, Allstar Weekend, and We Are The In Crowd. The multi-artist bill is set to travel the US through early April. Among the itinerary's highlights is an eagerly awaited visit to this year's SXSW Music & Media Conference in Austin, Texas. The band will be among the stars performing at a free all-ages show presented by Alternative Press, slated for Saturday, March 19th at the legendary Emo's -- fans can RSVP for the event via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=134436393288987.

Formed in the summer of 2008, The Downtown Fiction have taken their love of music, friends, and a darn good time and created something truly special. Armed with an arsenal of witty lyrics and catchy chords, the Fairfax, Virginia-based trio -- Cameron Leahy (vocals/guitar), Eric Jones (drums), and David Pavluk (bass/backing vocals) -- have quickly earned a fervent fan following across the country.

The band's self-titled debut EP was released in March 2009 and was soon followed by last year's "BEST I NEVER HAD" EP, highlighted by the breakthrough hit single/video, "I Just Wanna Run." The track is currently a top 20 smash at Radio Disney as well as Sirius Hits 1, while its companion video clip has scored major play on MTV2, MTV Hits, and mtvU.

Furthermore, The Downtown Fiction has received an array of high-profile placements, with songs appearing on such shows as MTV's Jersey Shore, The Challenge: Fresh Meat II, Styl'd, Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins, The Real World Cancun, and The Hills, as well as E!'s Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

Named one of Alternative Press' "100 Band You Need To Know" for 2010, The Downtown Fiction has toured constantly from the start, as headliners; on multi-artist bills such as 2010's "Bamboozle Road Show" alongside Boys Like Girls and All Time Low; traveling festivals like the 2010 Vans Warped Tour; and supporting such like-minded acts as Plain White T's, The Summer Set and We The Kings (with whom they hit Japan for a well-received 2010 tour).

For up-to-the-minute news and tour information, please visit www.thedowntownfiction.com, www.facebook.com/thedowntownfiction, www.twitter.com/downtownfiction, www.youtube.com/user/downtownfiction, and www.photofinishrecords.com.

(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)

THE DOWNTOWN FICTION  
ON TOUR 2011  
3/1-4/9 w/The Glamour Kills Tour   
(Feat. The Ready Set, Allstar Weekend, and We Are The In Crowd) Except *  
4/19-5/7 The Lets Be Animals Tour 2011   
(w/ He Is We, Cady Groves, and Amely) Except *  
     
MARCH    
1 Poughkeepsie , NY The Chance
2 Foxborough, MA Showcase Live
3 New York, NY Gramercy Theater
4 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
5 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Par
6 Baltimore, MD Otto Bar
8 Greensboro, NC Greene Street Club
9 Nashville, TN Rocketown
10 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
11 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
12 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
13 Orlando, FL The Social
15 Houston, TX Warehouse Live Studio
16 Mission, TX Las Palmas Race Park
17 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
18 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
19 Austin, TX Emo's *
20 Tucson, AZ Cain's Ballroom
23 San Diego, CA Soma Sidestage
24 W. Hollywood, CA The Roxy Theater
25 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues
26 Sacramento, CA Ace Of Spades
27 San Francisco, CA Slim's
29 Seattle, WA El Corazon
31 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
     
APRIL    
1 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
2 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
5 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
6 Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge
7 St. Paul, MN Station 4
8 Madison, WI The New Loft
9 Ft. Wayne, IN Broadripple
19 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
20 Evansville, IN Boney June's
21 Columbus, OH The Basement
22 Richmond, VA The Canal Club
23 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
25 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Café
26 Rochester, NY Water St. Music Hall
27 Albany, NY Valentine's
28 Manchester, NH Rocko's
29 East Rutherford, NJ The Bamboozle 2011 - Hoodwink *
     
MAY    
1 East Rutherford, NJ The Bamboozle 2011 *
3 Akron, OH Musica
4 Lansing, MI The Loft
5 Toledo, OH Frankies
6 Tinley Park, IL Mojoe's Rock House
7 Covington, KY Mad Hatter Club

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