Festival Headliner | This Stage | Saturday | 22:00
Say hello to the hardest working band in shimmering, unapologetic ‘80s-‐inspired indie-‐pop. Following in the slick footsteps of Phoenix, Haim, Two Door Cinema Club, Fickle Friends are the essential new British pop band. Blessed with the same dedication to writing quirky anthems on their own terms as The 1975, the brittle icy synth flourishes of Chvrches and a new era indie IT girl in singer Natti Shiner, the Brighton 5 piece will release their highly anticipated debut album ‘You Are Someone Else’ on March 16th.
Made up of Natti Shiner [vocals/synth,] Chris Hall [guitar], Jack Wilson [synth], Harry Herrington [bass] and Sam Morris [drums], the band formed in Brighton, after Natti and Sam moved to the seaside town having studied at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Art. They quickly met Jack and his old-‐school friend Harry after moving there to finish their studies, while Chris joined the crew after seeing Natti on the open-‐mic scene. “It happened so naturally, it was an organic thing,” explains Natti. They’d all messed around in bands before, but this was the first one that really felt right”.
2014 was their first summer as a band and Fickle Friends played 26 festivals and in 2015 pushed that number even higher, playing 31 festivals, capping it all with a sold out show at London’s Dingwalls in October. Pretty impressive for a band who were then still unsigned and without a team. At the beginning of 2016 they finally signed with Polydor, bringing with them a dedicated fanbase as well as a clutch of fizzingly brilliant material – British synth-‐pop with heart, soul and intelligence, bolstered by deceptively dark lyrics penned by Natti.
They’ve since played over 350 live shows together including a sold out Kentish Town Forum, played 100 festivals, accumulated over 40 million streams and released 4 Radio 1 playlisted singles – ‘Hello, Hello’, ‘Glue’, ‘Brooklyn’ and most recently ‘Hard To Be Myself’ – all undeniably brilliant pop anthems, written for a pre-‐loading generation of wasted youth that flip lyrically from gloriously hedonistic abandon to naked self-‐analysis.
All are featured on their upcoming debut album – ‘You Are Someone Else’ – that will be released on March 16th. Alongside these tracks will be a host of new songs that the band have written over the last few years, including a recently announced brand new version of their first ever single ‘Swim’. Co-‐produced by Mike Crossey (The 1975, Wolf Alice, Foals) and mixed by Mark Ralph (Years & Years, Clean Bandit), the album as a whole pivots around relationships and their tireless effects on the young mind, exploring the highs and lows of dating, falling in love and of course, breaking up; opener ‘Wake Me Up’ addresses angsty obsession and the art of overthinking, while ‘Rotation’ plays on relationship paranoia. Together, these songs make for an irresistible debut record, effortlessly capturing both the joy and uncertainty of growing up a 2017 millennial. Songs addressing social awkwardness, self-‐doubt, anxiety and the qualms of growing into young adulthood all through a prism of perfect timeless pop.
On writing their debut album, Natti says, " this album mostly talks about the feeling that you don’t fit in your own life, forever craving something else. I felt like I was stuck in a perpetual nightmare of bad relationships and worry for so long and this collection of songs kinda pulled me out of that. We wrote and produced the bulk of everything between Jack’s bedroom, the tour van and LA so it’s been mostly DIY with an array of producers allowing us to get that extra 20%. We always wanted to make a record that made people dance and think at the same time. If any of these songs help anyone feel cool, or strong or even just less alone then we’ll have achieved what we wanted."