Thursday, March 9, 2017

Perfect pop from Fickle Friends

Brighton band Fickle Friends are officially a good pop thing™. Formed in 2013, they almost instantly wrote a classic - Swim - all cascading guitar riffs and shimmering vocals from the memorably-monikered Natassja Shiner.

The song floated to the top of the Hype Machine charts, gaining over a million streams on Soundcloud and helping the band onto 23 festival bills, despite having no manager and no label. They've since signed to Polydor, which has an impeccable track record with pop artists, from Girls Aloud to Ellie Goulding via Take That and Haim.

Amazingly, they owe everything to Jamie Oliver - who liked the band so much, he forked out the cash for them to record Swim.

"He caught us at the beginning and that song helped us a lot. We love Jamie — he's great," Natassja told The Sun. (As someone who has eaten at Jamie's Italian approximately twice, I would like to claim 0.0000000000000000043% credit for the band's career.)

Anyway, fast forward to 2017 and the band are preparing to release their debut album. In time honoured tradition, they are issuing a single to promote it, and that single is called Hello Hello - which means it's twice as good as that Adele song.

If you like Dragonette or Metronomy or songs you can sing along to, then this will be right up your proverbial alley.

Fans of handwritten lyrics will appreciate this Instagram post the band shared last night.

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