LIVE: Fickle Friends (Phoenix, Exeter – 26/11/16)

dsc_0081-2Brighton 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.



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