Fickle Friends first established their reputation entirely independently, touring extensively throughout the UK and Europe before hitting the Top 10 with their major label debut album ‘You Are Someone Else’. Over the course of the last 18 months, they’ve returned to their DIY roots and broadened the scope of their sound with two seasons of the ‘Weird Years’ EP series. It earned the band widespread critical acclaim as they exceeded 120 million career streams.
‘Are We Gonna Be Alright?’ matches the standard set by ‘Love You To Death’. ‘Not Okay’ does the unexpected in style, unpredictably leaping from hard-hitting beats to a downbeat croon in the blink of an eye. By contrast, ‘Alone’ is rousing, maximalist alt-pop - a pure-hearted celebration of being back with everyone who matters to you and getting lost in the moment. ‘Yeah Yeah Yeah’ thrills with its visceral and angsty electro-punk, while three established fan favourites - ‘Pretty Great’, ‘IRL’ and ‘Won’t Hurt Myself’ - complement the set.
By the time Fickle Friends end with a rare slowburner with the title track, the ‘Are We Gonna Be Alright?’ album proves that they’ve exceeded all expectations. It’s especially remarkable given that the album tells stories of the band’s experiences over the past two years: from break-ups, sanity-questioning levels of anxiety, and the frustration of lockdowns, to the unadorned joy and celebration of being back together as a band again.
Natti adds, “Making this album helped us weather the storm of the last year. It held us together in a time of uncertainty. It gave us purpose when we felt forgotten. When (actual) therapy failed, these songs served as a way to process grief, depression, everything we go through as the anxiously minded creative people we are. This record has been a massive moment of growth for us and I hope you can hear that in the nuances of each song. We are truly excited to share it with the world.”
‘Are We Gonna Be Alright?’ is available here.