Fickle Friends provide a second taste of what to expect from the album as they share the new song ‘Alone’, which is one of the personal favourites from the set. Listen HERE.
Capturing the life-affirming unity of being reunited post lockdown, ‘Alone’ is a rousing rush in which every lyric captures the chaos of a house party. Shimmering with luminous synths, intoxicating vocal harmonies and feelgood fe ver, this is maximalist alt-pop at its most elated. It was written by Fickle Friends and was produced by the band’s guitarist Jack Wilson.
Vocalist Natti Shiner says, “‘Alone’ was such a joy to write. The sun was shining, we were in our little studio by the sea. We started messing around with this kinda elevator music vibe and I remember starting to mumble the verse lyrics and melody out of nowhere, and we literally just ran with it. I think we had the whole thing written that afternoon.
Conceptually it’s about wanting to trap all of your friends in your house and throw a big party and never let them leave! The lockdown aftershocks were getting to us that day and I just thought, I never wanna feel alone ever again.”
While ‘Alone’ and ‘Love You To Death’ bring to mind entirely different genres, they both share an irrepressible lust for life that’s contagious. And that’s a spirit which sparkles throughout the rest of ‘Are We Gonna Be Alright?’. A reaction to the tumultuous experience of the past 18 months, the album’s other highlights include ‘Not Okay’, which unpredictably leaps from hard-hitting beats to a downbeat croon in the blink of an eye, while ‘Yeah Yeah Yeah’ thrills with its visceral and angsty electro-punk.
It’s an album that tells tales 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 of being back together as a band again.
‘Are We Gonna Be Alright?’ is available to pre-order here. The band’s official store offers exclusive signed bundles including CD, coloured vinyl, cassette and a bonus CD. A marbled blue vinyl edition is also available via select indie stores.
TOUR DATES – JANUARY 2022
13th – Brighton, Chalk
14th – Birmingham, O2 Academy
15th – Newcastle, University (basement)
17th – Glasgow, SWG3
18th – Manchester, Club Academy
20th – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
21st – Cambridge, Junction
22nd – Norwich, The Waterfront
24th – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
25th – Bristol, Thekla
27th – London, Electric Brixton