As they took to the stage here at the iconic Forum, a mixture of feelings swelled in the stomach. For those that have followed the rise of this band, through various clubs and pubs along the south coast, to progressing to bigger festival slots to finally be here, is truly amazing. It is nothing but joy and a sense of arrival that beams out from Fickle Friends.
Their delightfully tropical and glossy lashings of indie pop is exactly what the doctor ordered, in a week where the clocks went back and the annual confusion of “what time is it?!” panicked the masses.
Fans were packed in to the front of the stage, looking to feed off the happiness that Fickle Friends bring with them. If their shows were a crime scene and serotonin used as incriminating evidence, this Brighton outfit would have been locked up a long time ago.
Hitting the road on their first-ever solo tour, one thought that kicked in during this set as we bopped along to every sumptuous pop treat, is…….. how the hell had this tour not happened earlier? Fickle Friends clearly have a broad appeal, but they do it in a way that makes sure the snobs and scoffers keep the faith with what they’re doing.Their brand of indie pop has an intelligence and everlasting lure.
Swim, Hello Hello and Brooklyn were all irresistibly smooth on the night. Drum machines, synths, neat guitar hooks and the slight husk in Natti Shiner’s voice keep each tune perfectly crisp. Latest single, Hard To Be Myself, really comes into it’s own meaningful existence when heard live. This was a beautifully tight set, Fickle Friends possess songs that force you to dance harder and sing louder the more you hear them. Plus, who can leave a gig unhappy when two mega confetti canons blast into the Forum sky?
Like so many bands on the current Indie scene, Fickle Friends have opted to release several singles and EPs (the title track from most recent EP, Glue, the pick of the bunch here tonight) across the past few years. It is understandable why bands do this – in order to stay at the forefront of people’s minds, or rather, at the top of the tree among the jungle of social media, blogs and streaming services.
If, like us, you love to see a band release an album, you will be as pumped as we were when they announced tonight that a debut album will be landing next year.
With this in mind, we came away feeling nothing but excitement. Think of this tour as a brilliantly successful warm-up for an album tour that will surely follow.