Fickle Friends aka Natti Shiner, Sam Morris, Jack Harry, Christopher Hall and Jack Wilson have been cutting their teeth the old fashioned way, with 2 years of solid touring, including sets at major festivals such as Bestival, BBC R1 Big Weekend and Secret Garden Party, not to mention a sold-out show at Dingwalls in London in November. All the long drives and late nights have paid off, forging Fickle Friends into a slick polished monster of a live band. This hard work also helped catch the attention of Polydor Records, who signed the band in January 2016.
Away from the stage the band has been whipping up a frenzy in the blogosphere and were the most written about unsigned artist of 2014 according to accumulator Hype Machine, and have even picked up over 5 million plays on Spotify across their debut singles - with Say No More even making it onto the BBC Radio 1 Introducing Playlist.
The band have announced a 28 date UK headline tour off the back of their shimmering single Say No More. Already a favourite at the band’s live shows, the track is a feel-good anthem combining 80s-flavoured synths and a glorious fresh indie-pop sound. The tour will also give fans an opportunity to hear new music from their forthcoming debut album. The band play Cardiff's Moon club on February 3.
Andy Howells put questions to vocalist Natti earlier this week.
Who are you and how did you come together?
We are Fickle Friends and the band formed a couple years back when we were a bunch of uni students who wanted to play indie pop music... so we did... and we did it badly for a while. Then we got a bit better Ha!
Where are you from?
How would you describe your music style?
Indie disco pop with an 80's tinge.
What’s been your best live experience?
Either playing in Holland at a festival/safari park. We played to 2500 amazing people and then went and hung out with giraffes. It was definitely memorable. Our last London headline at Dingwalls was a pretty incredible experience...mainly because it was the 'game changer' for us and certainly our best live performance to date. Just felt like everything we had worked so hard for over the past few years had led up to that moment. Was pretty emosh. Ha.
What are you working on at the moment?
We've just finished writing our album, and recorded our next single before heading out on our mammoth UK tour!
Where can people hear your music?
Spotify/Apple Music/Soundcloud... you name it... we're on it!
Where can we see you live?
We're playing sunny Cardiff next month! Feb 3rd...Moon Club...Come down for a boogie and some good vibes ;)
- Andy Howells is a freelance writer. A version of this interview appeared in The South Wales Argus entertainment supplement The Guide on January 29, 2016.
- Check out Fickle Friends Bandcamp page