Fickle Friends @ Studio 2
Studio 2 was the perfect venue for Brighton based indie-pop five piece, Fickle Friends.
The unique setting combined with the quirky atmosphere were the tasteful ingredients needed to produce a pop-centric delicacy on a rainy Tuesday evening. With support coming from local lads 23 Fake Street and Fickle Friends’ besties, Dive In, the crowd were well and truly pumped for the main headline of the night.
Proudly illuminated in the corner of the stage was the band’s name in pink neon lights, showcasing a mix between the coolness of Drive and the extravagance of Footloose. Fickle Friends embrace their 80’s vibes – and well. I tried to overcome serious envy of leading woman, Natti, as she effortlessly pulled off a vintage, lemon Coca Cola sweatshirt with the grace of platinum blonde hair. After I’d pushed away the thought of wanting to become Natti, the band bounced straight into the set with their newest single release, Say No More which was an instant foot tapping, hip swaying bop. The instrumentals were on par with that of The 1975, along with colourful 80’s melodies oozing through to burst into the quirky atmosphere of the crowd.
In between the original pop and indie numbers, the band thanked their fans, the Fickle Family, for standing in the pouring rain whilst the band battled traffic problems. However, you would not have sensed a single issue had happened that day as there were no dampened spirits being drained out during this sweet, musical set.
The crowd were treated with a new track that was explained to have been written in the band’s retreat to the middle of nowhere in the previous months. Surroundings perfect for no interruptions of the creative process. Freak and Brooklyn were tour newbies that went down an absolute storm with the crowd and even more so with the dedicated fans. The song writing and polished instrumentals of these Brighton babes won’t be making any Frankenstein scares anytime soon, only festival parties with the new delights.
Towards the finale of the Summery set, it was confirmed that these Southern symphonies are on the right path to conquering the indie-pop industry alongside harmonious friends, Clean Cut Kid and Sundara Karma as they concluded with their debut single, Swim. Interludes and catchy lyrics dived together to provide the perfect tracks for a poolside or a lapping-up-the-festival-rays playlist. Fickle Friends will be staying faithful to their original upbeats in the future and it will not be too long before they are changing the face of indie-pop goodness.