Say hello to the hardest working band in shimmering, unapologetic Ǯ80s-inspired indie-pop. Currently gearing up to release their debut album, Fickle Friends are your new favourite group, a Brighton based five piece who follow in the slick footsteps of The 1975, Two Door Cinema Club and Phoenix. Committed to their DIY roots, Fickle Friends have been touring their arses off since forming in 2013, seamlessly mixing the bounce of Phoenix with the glossy sheen of Haim, and their dedication has definitely paid off. Last year they started recording their debut in Los Angeles with Mike Crossey (Wolf Alice, Foals, The 1975) following years of seriously hard graft, which saw them building up a devoted fanbase before finally accepting one of the many record deals that had been dangled in front of them since they put their song 'Swim' online. The first song the band ever wrote together, they popped it on SoundCloud not expecting more than a few plays from their uni mates. Not so. 'It went mental,' explains drummer Sam Morris. 'Swim' became the most blogged about song by an unsigned act that year, and saw the group suddenly riding a wave of unexpected attention. Made up of Natti Shiner [vocals/synth,] Chris Hall [guitar], Jack Wilson [synth], Harry Herrington [bass] and Sam Morris [drums], the band formed in Brighton, after Natti and Sam moved to the seaside town having studied at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in Liverpool. They quickly met Jack after moving there to finish their studies, while Chris joined the crew after seeing Natti on the open-mic scene. Jack's old school friend Harry completed the quintet. 'It happened so naturally, it was an organic thing,' explains Natti. They'd all messed around in bands before, but this was the first one that really felt right. They were just for fun but this very, very quickly became a full time, serious thing.