#Review: Fickle Friends – Are We Gonna Be Alright?

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Fickle Friends are a Brighton-based, indie-pop band who have gone from strength to strength, since their humble beginnings. Since their debut album, You Are Someone Else, the band have released a string of singles and EPs. However, 2022 sees the release of the band’s second full-length album, Are We Gonna Be Alright? And here’s what we have to say about it…

Fickle Friends - Are We Gonna Be Alright

From the offset, it is abundantly clear that with this album, Fickle Friends have been experimenting with their sound and made heavier use of guitars. Opening track, ‘Love You To Death’ kickstarts with a grungy into but quickly becomes recognisable as the band we know and love…but edgier.

Probably my favourite song on the album is the second track, ‘Not Okay’. I love the calm piano-led intro that quickly turns into a chugging, rhythmic song that oozes personality, making you want to let loose and dance. It’s wonderfully crafted and comprises of intricate details that make it a real joy to listen to.

Also continuing the rockier theme are tracks ‘Write Me A Song’ and ‘Yeah Yeah Yeah’, the latter of which is probably the heaviest on the record. They’ve still got that pop tint to them but demonstrate just how this band have grown and developed into themselves.

This is an album to be proud of! The band have taken a leap of faith in trying out new sounds and songwriting styles and created something marvellous.

That’s not to say the old Fickle Friends has been lost by any stretch of the imagination, as singles ‘Pretty Great’ and ‘IRL’ still have that original Fickle Friends charm.

Other fantastic songs on the album include, ‘Alone’ with its echoing and dreamy vocals; the very funky and upbeat ‘Glow’ about finding someone who picks you up when you’re down; and the beautiful ‘Won’t Hurt Myself’ with its piano-led intro into a wonderfully powerful chorus.

Another couple of favourites include the disco-esque ‘Listen’ and the stunningly personal and altogether different from the rest of the album, ‘Are We Gonna Be Alright?’ with its ethereal feel.

This is an album to be proud of! The band have taken a leap of faith in trying out new sounds and songwriting styles and created something marvellous. It’s incredible to see what a few years between albums can do to the progress and development of a band and this is a fantastic achievement across 12 superb tracks.

I look forward to hearing what the band create next!

Rating
4.5


‘Are We Gonna Be Alright?’ is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://music.apple.com/gb/album/are-we-gonna-be-alright/1584979912


Are We Gonna Be Alright? on Spotify

Yeah Yeah Yeah (Official Video)

Alone (Official Video)

IRL (Official Video)


We hope you’ve enjoyed our review! What do you think of the band’s second album? Are you as much of a fan as us? What would you rate it out of 5? Please leave your thoughts in a comment or via our social media.


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#EventSpeaks: Kate Nash @ Concorde 2, Brighton – 08/08/17


   

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This year, Kate Nash celebrates the 10th anniversary of her debut album, Made Of Bricks, and as such, she’s taken the album on tour, to mark the occasion. On Tuesday 8th August 2017, the tour came to Brighton, where she put on an incredible show at Concorde 2, with support from American-based rock band, Skating Polly.


Skating Polly

Skating Polly are a captivating band to watch – they are uniquely talented and have clearly worked hard on crafting their sound and perfecting their performance. I love the way Kelli and Peyton swap between taking lead vocals – it is brilliant and adds a certain diversity to their stage presence. Also, for the last song, Peyton and Kurtis swapped guitar and drums, further wowing the audience. A great display of talent from this band! As for their songs, they clearly don’t conform to current trends but rather make music that suits them and aren’t afraid to be themselves, which is great. This band may be fairly small in stature but they certainly pack a punch with their sound – be sure to check them out.

Highlight: One of the biggest highlights was when Kate Nash joined the band on stage for their performance of ‘A Little Late’.


Kate Nash

Kate Nash‘s all-girl band took to the stage with rapturous applause and a performance of ‘Play’ just before Kate herself arrived (complete with a huge dress), teasing the audience with just a small part of ‘Foundations’, after which, she moved into ‘Mouthwash’ causing everyone to continue singing along at the top of their voices.

Kate proceeded to play her debut album, Made Of Bricks, in its entirety. It was wonderful to see the audience singing every word of every song, making this 10th anniversary tour all the more special; her fans have clearly held this album dear for the past decade and the fact that the concert sold out, shows how they are still loving it, all these years later.

Her style of performance is enthralling – she works the stage, and her fans with vivacity and vigour, jumping around, tossing her hair and at the end of her set, even playing her piano with her bum! Her confidence exudes in masses and she has crafted her performance to perfection. Her interaction with the crowd is perfect; she’s playful, funny and humble – as an independent artist, her gratitude towards her fans was a beautiful thing to witness and in return she made sure to put every ounce of her energy into putting on an incredible show for them.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to see Kate Nash live yet, make sure you do – you’re in for a treat!

Highlights:

  • Kate’s ability to work the stage and captivate her audience is second-to-none.
  • Teasing the audience with part of ‘Foundations’ early on, got the crowd going mad. I also loved that she played the Made Of Bricks album in order, really celebrating the 10th anniversary of its release.
  • Playing a couple of her more recent tracks as well as B-Sides from the era of the Made Of Bricks album, brought another element of intrigue to the end of her set.
  • The stage design was really unique and great for the size of the stage – it made for a great performing environment. Also, the use of video visuals projected at the back of the stage further enhanced the show.
  • Her style was fantastic and a quick costume change or two made the set all the more interesting.

All of these photos of Kate Nash are credited to Damon Peirce.
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Setlist

Play
Foundations (Tease)
Mouthwash
Dickhead
Birds
We Get On
Mariella*
Shit Song
Pumpkin Soup
Skeleton Song
Nicest Thing
Foundations (In Full)
Little Red

Encore
Agenda / Model Behaviour
Musical Theatre
Merry Happy

This song can be viewed in the YouTube video, below.


Finally, I want to say an absolutely HUGE thanks to Sinead Mills at Practise Music for setting up this review and to Kate herself for putting on an incredible show!


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