Fickle Friends (courtesy Jess Glendenning)
Fickle Friends (courtesy Jess Glendenning)

Fickle Friends and Clean Cut Kid are both bands that, through their hard work and perseverance over the years, have started to make it big in the music industry. With plays across national stations, acknowledgement on the BBC introducing list and gigs at festivals including Reading and Leeds, both bands are living their dream.

Now I‘ll admit, I had heard of both bands vaguely but hadn’t really started listening to their music until this opportunity arose, so I went along to see them perform at an intimate gig at the Joiners, Southampton. It’s safe to say I’m converted. Fickle Friends and Clean Cut Kid are both unique bands that are so enthusiastic about their music that their energy becomes infectious and you can’t help but sing and dance along too.

courtesy Jess Glendenning
Howland courtesy Jess Glendenning

Howland, an up and coming band of three from the south coast, kicked off the show with their indie rock ‘n’ roll style, riling up the crowd ready for the bands to follow. Stomping through an energetic set, they perfectly set the atmosphere for the evening.

Clean Cut Kid rocked the stage, performing crowd-pleasing favourites including Vitamin C and Make Believe as well as also their newest single Pick Me Up. It is obvious in every song and throughout their set how much they love performing and how aware they are that they are living the dream!

Clean Cut Kid (courtesy Jess Glendenning)
Clean Cut Kid (courtesy Jess Glendenning)

Fickle Friends (main pic) opened with Say No More and received the reception they were looking for when Nattie, lead vocalist, said ‘it was the rowdiest start to a show so far this tour’! (Southampton, memorable as always). Their energy on stage made their performance phenomenal as they got their audience dancing and singing throughout their set. Unfortunately, they experienced some minor technical difficulties whilst on stage but the Brighton quintet kept it together and blasted their way through a set full of contagious synths, memorable hooks, funky bass-lines and exhilarating vocals. Banter was rife with the crowd who had conversation a-plenty with Nattie during the breaks.   The sunny pop vibes were explosive and this is definitely a band you’d want to catch at a festival this summer.

Fickle Friends and Clean Cut Kid are a musical match made in Heaven, excuse the cliché! The Daft Punk-like style and ball of energy that are Fickle Friends contrasts, yet compliments the enthusiasm and sheer tunes that make up Clean Cut Kid.

Click here to read our interview with Clean Cut Kid and Fickle Friends.