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Monday 25 October 2021

Fickle Friends Go Wild In Historic Sussex Country House Ahead Of Second Album Release & Date @ Chalk Brighton

In keeping with their DIY ethos Fickle Friends, who are due to play a date at Chalk, Brighton, in January, have made the video for new track Alone themselves, with guitarist Jack Wilson on directorial duties.

Reflecting the song's hedonistic house party vibe, the band powered up their amps and shook the foundations of the historic Hammerwood Park country house in East Sussex.

The house was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, best known as the architect of the White House and the US Capitol Building. 

It also has a connection to the history of music too, having been owned by Led Zeppelin throughout much of the '70s.

Natti Shiner says: 

"Jack kinda fell down a rabbit hole looking at shoot locations and stumbled across this amazing stately home. 

"We didn't really have a budget for the video, but spent what we had on the incredible location, and were lucky enough to rope in a couple of friends who know a thing or two about filming.
"We knew we wanted to do a performance video, and setting it against the grand setting of Hammerwood Park gave a nice nod to the song theme. 

"We thought it would be fun shooting in a house that is screaming for a huge party but probably hasn"t hosted one since the '50s.

"It definitely captured the way I felt in lockdown, in my empty house, fantasising about having all of my friends over and never letting them leave again!"

Fickle Friends launched the Are We Gonna Be Alright? album with the single Love You To Death: 

""Love You To Death is just pure fun. It was so sick to explore this new Prince-esque side of Fickle Friends. 

"The music is so simple and it gave us a lot of space to go a little crazy with the guitar shredding and backing vocals. 

"I think every family member and their neighbour sings on this! 

"It's a song about loving someone so much you might actually kill them. 

"I'm pretty amazed by just how much I can feel sometimes, like it's quite overwhelming a lot of the time. That's where this song comes from."

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

They've since 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.

Fickle Friends play Chalk Brighton on 13th January 2022. New album Are We Gonna Be Alright?, will be released on 14th January 2022. 

by: Mike Cobley


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