Having entertained local venues and bars around Brighton, Fickle Friends continue to go from strength to strength, playing festivals and gaining notable followers in food maestro Jamie Oliver and Blur bassist, Alex James. I spoke to Natassja Shiner, the band’s glittering lead vocalist about their journey and prospects.
“Me and the drummer initially met at Liverpool, but we met the rest of the band at the Brighton Institute of modern music. I noticed the guitarist at an open mic night and thought he was really good,” said Natti.
The band who cite their main influences as Michael Jackson, Two Door Cinema Club and Friendly Fires, have brought out a new EP ‘Girl Like That’. From listening to the intricate guitar riffs and mysterious chord sequences, you definitely catch the essence of past new-wave recordings, fashioned by Martha and the Muffins and Blondie, who in turn created vibrant female leads.
Opening ‘Big Feastival’ marked a breakthrough for the Indie band:
“It was amazing going from playing intimate concerts to playing at this festival in front of thousands, we met some amazing people,” said Natti.
The band has begun working on two new tracks in Wales, and will be recording their new single ‘Girl Like That’ at Abbey Road studios at the end of this month. Jamie Oliver remains in close contact, and is currently funding the band to work with producer James Dearp to perform at certain venues.
On winning Best Live Unsigned Act, Natti said: “We entered a couple of our songs through online competitions and eventually heard back. It was a great opportunity for us and we now play as much as we can.”
Fickle Friends are gradually building a following of fickle fans, stemming from their recent performances at SO fest in Southampton, and supporting Stockport based Indie-pop band, Dutch Uncles at ‘The Manchester Deaf Institute’.
“Our main aim is to play in London. We are currently working with management to release a single with a B side, whilst looking for festival slots and good support slots to build up a London fanbase, said Natti.”
Keep your eyes and ears peeled as Fickle Friends are on the move.