A lot of new music is emerging in the UK scene, and there is one band I’ve recently discovered who top my list. Meet Fickle Friends, one of my new favourite bands.
Based in Brighton, the band was formed in 2013 after lead singer Natassja Shiner met the band’s drummer, Sam Morris, whilst studying at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. They both went on to meet keyboardist Jack Wilson, guitarist Chris Hall and bassist Harry Herrington whilst attending university in Brighton.
Not long afterwards, the group won Jamie Oliver’s Summer Jam competition and then went on to headline Jamie Oliver’s ‘Feastival,’ alongside acts like Basement Jaxx, despite not even having a proper first single to play.
Plenty to offer
In 2014, Fickle Friends were under the watchful eye of the UK blogosphere and it’s safe to say that the band got a lot of bloggers very excited about what they were to expect from this band. Under the BBC Introducing programme, they were played on BBC Introducing South with Mark Forrest. Other names at, or formerly at, the BBC, including Huw Stephens and Zane Lowe, started to take notice. Even Billboard in America took notice, and featured the band back in 2014.
When Billboard spoke to Natassja about the band’s recent success with ‘Swim’, she said, ““It’s been completely overwhelming – the blogosphere went into kind of a frenzy when [Swim] was released, and I think it was featured on about a hundred blogs over here.”
Fickle Friends made an appearance on the BBC Introducing stage at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Norwich last year in 2015, and this year it’s even busier for them.
The band will be making appearances across the UK in 2015, including at Field Day in East London on the 11th June. Back in 2014, the band played at Great Escape in Brighton and were on the line up for the Berlin Music Festival as well, and the band have just finished a UK tour in February and March 2016.
They haven’t yet released an album, but with upcoming concerts, I think they’re one to watch and that’s why I’ve picked them as Band of the Week.
You can follow Fickle Friends on Twitter @ficklefriendsuk. You can also like their Facebook page, and you should definitely give them a listen, all of their songs are available to download on iTunes or stream on Spotify, and they’re available on Soundcloud as well.
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