LIVE REVIEW // Fickle Friends @ Patterns, Brighton 12.03.16

BRIGHTON indie-funk tinged five-piece, Fickle Friends brought their latest tour to a close with a hyped homecoming show at one of the city’s newest venues, Patterns, formerly known as Audio – a venue that achieves intimacy without feeling too claustrophobic. 

Armed with the bushy and bearded Merseyside quartet Clean Cut Kid and local band, Kudu Blue in tow, the supports were equally as impressive as the headliners and acted as a complimentary warm-up before Natti and Co took to the stage for the moment every member of the sold out crowd had been waiting for.

Fickle Friends are a feel-good band who have blazed with promise for quite some time and now it appears years of continuous hard-work and touring has paid off as the crowd are swept up into a state of euphoria as the first beats off their set play out. The crowd also proves just how popular the band have become, as displayed by fan favourites and live set staples such as ‘Say No More’ and ‘Could Be Wrong’ go down a storm and translate well live.

A handful of new cuts are also debuted throughout the evening, with a track titled ‘Brooklyn’ standing out in particular. At times an 80s feel is evoked through their brand of indie pop but it works well in their favour. 

Lead singer, Natti comes across as effortlessly cool as she thanks the crowd for coming down to the show, adding that: “The last time we played in Brighton was at The Haunt to about four people”. Although, for this gig, the turnout is very much the opposite, which demonstrates just how they’ve grown in such a short space of time, to their credit.

The five-piece’s set dips and peaks in strategic places, whilst the tease of new material excites fans for what’s to come and what to expect from the band in the nearby future. The punchy beats of the crowd pleaser that is ‘Swim’ brings their set to a close and it’s clear to see that the band have won more ears (and minds) over.

Fickle Friends were on blistering form as always and it’s evident that what the group are best at is cultivating a sound and truly making it their own. The delivery of their sound is as unique as it comes and we can’t wait to see what else Fickle Friends have left up their sleeve to give.

Words Lauren Wade

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