After a summer full of festivals, Brighton indie pop band Fickle Friends are heading back on tour and are stopping at the Riverside, Newcastle. Laura Sanderson caught up with them to talk about their highlight moments as a band, their upcoming album, and the North East.
You’ve recently released your ‘Glue’ EP, so how has the reaction to that been?
I think it’s been pretty positive. It was nice for once that we weren’t releasing just a single – to put out a few songs was like yay! It’s just trying to keep people happy because I know that our album is kind of long overdue.
You always look like you’re having such a fun time on stage, but what’s your favourite thing about performing live?
I really love to jump down into the crowd if the stage provides the opportunity to. I love getting in the crowd during ‘Swim’ and when people are singing the lyrics back at me it’s pretty mental.
What’s the best gig you’ve been to as a gig-goer?
One would be Sigur Rós – that gig blew my mind. And also Friendly Fires just because they were my favourite band and they had hula dancers and fireworks – it was just unreal.
What’s been some of your highlight moments as a band so far?
It’s usually all shows to be honest, like when we played Community and Reading Festival this year. They were pretty epic. Also, when we first sold out our London show a couple of years ago and we didn’t have a manager or a label but we still sold it out – that was like the pinnacle where everything changed because we got a record and publishing deal afterwards. We were just like: “this is insane!”
Will you be playing any songs that you haven’t released yet on your upcoming tour?
Yeah, there will be two new songs. Weirdly, we’ve brought out so much music now that everyone knows a lot of our stuff which is cool. We’ll be playing a couple that are going on the album too.
Can we expect the album to be released anytime soon?
I was actually given the proper date yesterday but I’m not allowed to say. I can confirm it’s the first quarter of next year though.
Do you think you’ll be more excited or nervous for everyone to hear the album?
I’m absolutely terrified but I’m excited. I’m desperate for people to hear it and I’m desperate for it to come out because it’s been such a long process. I’m also really scared because there is always the political part of putting out an album like with the label wanting it to be in the top 10 and then what will happen if it’s not. It’s really horrible because it taints the excitement a little bit.
Are you looking forward to coming back to the North East?
Yeah, I lived in Liverpool for a year and I absolutely loved it so we love it whenever we go up North. I can’t wait.
What can fans expect from your Newcastle date?
We’re currently building our show at the moment so it’s difficult to say what it’s going to be like. I’m getting a train because the boys have been having to learn a new song this morning so I’m going to go and make sure that they’re getting somewhere with it. I don’t really have to do anything at the moment because I wrote the song and I know how to play it whereas they have to learn it. We’ve got new songs and we’re putting a new set together. We’re hopefully building a lighting rig which is going to be really rad. It’ll be pretty exciting.
Fickle Friends plays Riverside, Newcastle on Wednesday 18th October. Tickets, priced at £9.00, are available from riversidenewcastle.co.uk.