Photo: Fickle Friends’ Facebook
Brighton quintet Fickle Friends wander insouciantly onto stage. Without even a “hello”, they jump right into their single ‘Say No More’. With its groovy basslines and infectiously catchy chorus, it’s not long before it jolts everyone into a joyful frenzy.
The band then tries to chat to the crowd over an unhealthy clamour of buzzing leads. Lead singer Natti tries her best to settle the mob, naming us the rowdiest crowd they’ve had yet. They are certainly a band full of character, performing amongst a pack of beer with a pile of towels at their feet and sporting a retro ‘90s look of baseball caps.
After a few apologies, they decide to solider on over the technical problem, playing a few of their new funkier songs: ‘Call’ and ‘Freak’, and a few crowd pleasers: ‘Could Be Wrong’ and ‘Play’. They then take down the tempo. The light is brought down a notch and the navy light beams subtly glide over the stage. The musky sweet smell of light lamps and muggy ambiances juxtapose ‘Paris’. Natti’s vivacious floaty vocals grace the track and bring air to a stuffy venue.
They sing us out with ‘Swim’. A revitalising jazzy guitar poises the track throughout, the guitarist’s evident passion is contagious as he dances with his guitar as if they’re a duo. The energy of the band bounces off them onto the audience creating a colourful atmosphere to end the set.
The indie-pop band consume a laidback approach that makes them more commendable. Even when multitasking a tambourine, shaker and synthesizer all in one song at times, they still play to perfection. They speak to the audience like their friends, asking for Southampton club recommendations and truly caring about their opinion. Listening to their songs through headphones doesn’t do them justice. Fickle Friends are definitely a band best appreciated live.