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Fickle Friends

Brighton quintet Fickle Friends deal in spingle-spangle eighties pop euphoria. Now with all their ducks in a row and a big-name producer in tow, expect synth heaven from their debut LP...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 8 Aug 2016
  • min read
Who? Fickle Friends are Natti Shiner, Chris Hall, Sam Morris, Harry Herrington and Jack Wilson.

What? Spingle-spangle eighties pop euphoria.

From where? Brighton.

What’s the story? Fickle Friends are the living, breathing embodiment of ‘slow burn’.

After exploding all over the ether with their debut track Swim two years ago, things slowed down as life got complicated.

Finding themselves without a manager, cash-strapped and on a never-ending UK tour in their clapped out Ford Galaxy, they were fast running out of steam.

But the alt-pop persisters carried on regardless, putting out a string of quickfire synth gems that finally caught the ear of Polydor.

Now with a major label deal in their back pocket, their hard-won second wind is taking them across the Atlantic to work with lauded producer Mike Crossey (The 1975, Wolf Alice) on their debut album.

While in full-on recording mode, the five-piece have offered up Cry Baby, an infectious eighties electro-pop jam which sounds oddly like Five Star meets Two Door Cinema Club.

With new focus, bags more electricity, and a fistful of new songs to try out, don’t miss their upcoming live dates Reading/Leeds and Bestival, plus their appearance on the Lost in the Woods stage at Festival No.6 (4 September), curated by PRS for Music.

Sounds like? The purest form of effervescent indie-pop.

Predicted to? Turn formulaic pop on its head with their debut album.

Must hear? Cry Baby -

Read our 30 seconds interview with the band from last year.

Top image: Nick Walker