We caught sight of CROOX during the Bristol leg of the early summer Dot To Dot Festival back in May and must admit to being more than a little taken aback by the energy and front shown by this four-strong group’s live show. They hail from the south coast musical powerhouse that is Brighton, and we decided to find out more about this enigmatic electronic/hip-hop/R&B-infused crew.
We sent them questions, and they built up the suspense brilliantly by making us wait a while! But it was worth it… Continue reading
Following appearances at The Great Escape Festival in their hometown of Brighton and two support slots on European dates with Royal Blood, Tigercub have launched new single By Design.
The video for the latest track taken from their 2016 album Abstract Figures In The Dark, features visuals made up of footage taken from pioneering American photographer Ralph Steiner’s 1930 film Mechanical Principles and live footage from the band’s recent European headline tour.
Tigercub – By Design
We never tire of banging on about Fickle Friends. Not only have they put out a string of ridiculously catchy tunes over the past year or two, but they’re also a superbly polished-but-fun live proposition. We saw them late last year during their own headline UK tour (see review) but were so pleased to be able to catch them again, this time in support of The Kooks.
They made an impression with all their radio-friendly hits, including Swim and Cry Baby, with latest banger Hello Hello being a particular highlight. Catch them at a festival this summer if you can – they’re doing the summer big-time with appearances at Liverpool Sound City, The Great Escape, Secret Garden Party, Kendal Calling, Leeds and Reading. They’ll be capping that off with their biggest headline show to date at London’s o2 Forum in Kentish Town on 26 October – tickets here.
Photos by Phoebe Reeks
The Kooks returned to the O2 Academy Bournemouth for a sold-out date on their The Best Of… So Far tour, a mammoth 17-date run of shows that concludes on 13 May at London’s Alexandra Palace.
They rattled through many of their best-known tracks from a back-catalogue of music stretching back over a decade, including Eddie’s Gun, She Moves In Her Own Way, Sofa Song, and Junk of the Heart (Happy), as well as newer material such as current single Be Who You Are.
The Kooks have forged a solid reputation for strong songwriting and engaging live shows over the years since forming in Brighton more than 10 years ago. Frontman Luke Pritchard was in great form, clearly enjoying this extensive return to the road.
Other highlights of the set included Seaside, Always Where I Need To Be and Ooh La ahead of an encore consisting of Around Town and Shine On before ending with signature song Naïve.
The release of a ‘best of’ album and tour can often signal the beginning of the end for a band – a precursor to winding down and fading away. But everything about this triumphant performance suggested that there’s still plenty more to come.
Review and Photos: Phoebe Reeks
Not sure quite how they manage it, but Fickle Friends have a knack for creating incredibly catchy pop hooks… and not just occasionally – they do it with pretty much every song they come up with.
We initially wondered how the Brighton band could ever beat the superb Swim or the equally adorable Cry Baby, but we think they might just have topped both with Hello Hello. Just take a listen and bask for a while in the sheer pop perfection of it all.
Fickle Friends – Hello Hello
Here’s a song that’s been bothering our own playlists for quite a while and which now has it’s very own brand new video.
Control is by Brighton trio Tigercub and is taken from their debut album Abstract Figures In The Dark. Hope this tune gets into your head as much as it has ours.
Tigercub – Control
We’ve tracked the progress of Brighton band Fickle Friends for some time now, ever since their fantastic song Swim first came to our attention about 18 months ago. This year, they’ve stepped up a gear in preparation for what is likely to be a big 2017 for them in which their debut album will finally see daylight.
One of their releases earlier this year though underlined the bands skill at turning out polished, accomplished, perfect pop. A former Sync Track of the Week, Cry Baby is superbly layered, full of hooks, and is an all-round cracking pop tune. It’s number four on our list of our ten favourite tracks of 2016, and as much as we love the video that accompanies the song, we’ve picked their Vevo dscvr performance of the song to underline just what a class act they are live too. (See also our review of the Exeter show on their recent UK tour.)
Fickle Friends – Cry Baby
Brighton band Fickle Friends may not have released their debut album just yet but they have already carved a reputation as one of the hardest working bands on the circuit with an extensive track record of live dates over the past couple of years. And this extensive groundwork really shows. Their 50-minute set at Exeter’s Phoenix – a venue switch from the nearby Cavern which is still undergoing repairs after a recent fire – was slick, flawless and full of fun.
Kicking off with former Sync Track of the Week Cry Baby, the five-piece rattled through a tight line-up of songs that included Could Be Wrong, Bite, Hello Hello, Pairs, Freak, Velvet and Day No More.
The band wrapped up with latest single Brooklyn, followed by their debut song – and biggest hit to date – Swim, concluding their Saturday night show on the kind of upbeat note that had been the theme of the whole evening.
Led by the amiable and utterly charming Natti Shiner, the rest of the band (Chris Hall, Sam Morris, Harry Herrington and Jack Wilson) also portray a relaxed but well-drilled group of musicians who clearly love where they’re at right now. Their latest tour has taken them to all sorts of venues across the UK, although Shiner admitted to being a little unnerved when the band arrived earlier in the day to find the space at the Phoenix being used for a Zumba class! Thankfully, things were a little less strenuous by the time the band were on, although they certainly got the crowd jumping, particularly right at the end for Swim.
The band’s upward trajectory will doubtless continue apace in 2017 when their debut album eventually drops. We hope that whatever deserved higher profile will come their way in the future that these guys – and gal – will maintain their down-to-earth and unbounded fun approach to what they do.
A slick tune and strong vocal, we’ve been loving this from Boketto, a promising new duo from Brighton… and what is it about that particular south coast city that is spawning so much great music at the moment?! (Sounds like a good excuse to go and visit again sometime soon!)
Anyway, their debut song More Than What I Am is available to download now.
Boketto – More Than What I Am
It’s been a bit of a wait for new material from Brighton indie-pop outfit Fickle Friends but new song Cry Baby was well worth it.
The group has been working hard since forming in 2014, covering plenty of ground with an extensive schedule of festivals and live dates and releasing a string of singles, including Swim which has never been far from our daily playlist. Upcoming live dates include festival appearances at Reading and Leeds, Bestival and Festival No.6 among others
Infused with an 80’s vibe, the summer sound of Cry Baby only adds to the sense of anticipation for the band’s debut album, slated for release towards the end of this year.
Fickle Friends – Cry Baby
Jolé is the moniker of Brighton-based solo artist, Josh Oliver, whose brand of subtle lo-fi pop has earned comparisons with the likes of Frightened Rabbit, Keaton Henson, and Bon Iver.
“I left the UK for a year to write and travel with the intention of gaining new experiences and influences on my music,” he explains. “I wanted to take a break from performing and just write music as in my previous band we had toured solidly around the UK and Europe for 5 years.”
We think his upbeat track A Year of Ages sounds great and look forward to hearing more of this particular talent.
Jolé – A Year of Ages
Brighton has always had plenty to shout about when it comes to music, and one of the south coast city’s latest exports is indie-pop group Fickle Friends.
They’ve been doing their thing for a couple of years now, building a reputation on the festival and touring circuit as an entertaining and highly-polished set-up. This track, Swim, was put online a long time back but now they’ve made a brand-new video for it and it’s set to have a tilt at chart success this time around.
They’ve recently wrapped up an extensive UK tour but will be appearing at various festivals throughout the summer, including Field Day, Truck Festival and Bestival. Expect to see a lot more of these guys (and gal!) in the near future.
Fickle Friends – Swim