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A short history lesson.... The first seed was planted way back in 2003 when Ollie, Seb and Robb all attended Manchester College of Arts and Technology. Ollie and Seb went on the form the band 'Idiom' writing complex progressive music as a 5 piece. In November 2007, after a few years of solid gigging, Seb decided to depart to concentrate on other projects and unfortunately 'Idiom' eventual came to an end due to various reasons in 2008. Ollie spent the following year searching for new musical influences and writing music focused on song writing and pulsating grooves. This new material caught the attention of Robb who was in a band called 'Post Modern Geisha', who expressed an interest in forming a band to get these songs out there! Ollie and Robb began searching for the right drummer to complete the power trio and it just so happened that their long time friend Seb was looking for a musical project to get his teeth into!

A record deal.... After playing many shows across the North West & UK, Fantasist played mainstage at SOS Festival in Manchester, July 2010. In November 2010 Fantasist signed with Rocksector Records for the release of debut album "Giggle Juice" on 7th March 2011. Says Mark Appleton of Rocksector "We're absolutely delighted to be working with Fantasist. Having followed their progress over the past several months & in noting their superb performance at SOS Festival, our initial thoughts were confirmed that here is a truly unique band, with an original & cleverly-crafted sound that promises to make some real waves in 2011".... that certainly proved to be the case when Fantasist made firstly a high impact return to SOS Festival in 2011 & were then booked for Bloodstock Festival in August 2011 earning this praise from reviewer Ian Hawkins of Cack Blabbath who placed Fantasist in his top 5 bands from Bloodstock.... "at every festival there is always one band that genuinely takes you aback.. brilliantly fun band.. brilliant to behold"

In 2012 Fantasist continued to work hard with numerous live shows including their debut on foreign soil as what proved to be many people's "band of the day" at Wizzfest in Belgium. Towards the end of the year an acoustic EP called "Suited & Muted" was released, whilst a 2nd full album was being written & recorded.

Now in 2013 the band's self-titled 2nd album is ready to be released on 6th May, with the 1st single "Grim Fandango" available free from 6th February.