Meet the band: Nick Pecone (bass/vocals), Drew Minor (guitar), and Luke Heberle (drums).
Blame it on the booze: Band leader Nick Pecone moved to Cleveland four years ago and instantly started playing in a variety of bands. One night at the Agora, he got drunk and decided right then and there to put a band together with guitarist Drew Minor and drummer Luke Heberle. "It was a weird night," he says. "I tend to start bands when I start drinking. We initially had this other vocalist, but he really didn't want to do anything. I was cool to sit in the background and play bass, but it quickly became apparent that I would have to start singing."
On his high-pitched vocals: Pecone, who has an upper-range voice that makes Freddie Mercury sound manly by comparison, is often mistaken for a woman. Not that there's anything wrong with that. "I just run with it," he says. "One of my favorite covers is 'Say It Right' by Nelly Furtado."
Why you should hear them: The band sounds like a cross between Silversun Pickups and Queens of the Stone Age on its new album, the hard rocking six-song EP Invisible Ink. Currently writing songs for another EP, Pecone says the new material will sound even heavier. "The new stuff will be more Sabbath-y," he says. "I come from a blues background with more of a punk influence."
Where you can hear them: purveyorsoffiction.bandcamp.com.
Where you can see them: Purveyors of Fiction perform at the Cleveland Battle of the Bands at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, at the Agora Ballroom.