Interview: Fickle Friends and Clean Cut Kid

So a week ago now I had the privilege of interviewing two up and coming Indie Rock bands, Fickle Friends and Clean Cut Kid. If you saw my last post, a review on their gig, you’ll know I loved their music and really enjoyed seeing them play. Well, here comes the follow up to that, my interview with both bands which I actually did just before their gig. Hopefully this will give you an insight into the bands and, for me, definitely made me enjoy the music more, because I knew the inspiration behind it and hard work and perseverance needed by the bands to reach this point.

What’s Your Story?

Fickle Friends

We all met at university in Brighton, 3 or 4 years ago. Nattie started the band originally and there were a couple of replacements and that’s how it really started.

Clean Cut Kid

We started as a three-piece, not playing any gigs, but we wrote and recorded songs, including Vitamin C and Runaway, our first two singles. Then Ross joined us and spent between 9 months to a year just rehearsing under wraps. Our first gig was really secretive, we did it under a false name and everything, but it still leaked somehow. Our next gig sold out in an hour and we had 5 major record labels at the gig. It seemed to explode overnight!

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Fickle Friends – Photo by Jess Glendenning

Who Are Your Musical And Non-Musical Influences?

Fickle Friends

Michael Jackson, a lot of 80s stuff, like Daft Punk, Phoenix, Bombay Bicycle Club. Wes Andersen films and other 80s films really influenced us, which is appropriate because they experimented so much then with their sound and that’s exactly what we try and do.

Clean Cut Kid

Bowie, obviously. Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Fleetwood Mac and Vampire Weekend. Wes Andersen , a lot of other film references, I guess. Back to the Future, definitely.

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Fickle Friends – Photo by Jess Glendenning

What Are Your Practice Sessions Like?

Fickle Friends

Pretty chilled. We work hard but we like a long tea break! It’s been a bit more manic recently because we don’t have much time to do anything.

 Clean Cut Kid

Cold! We’ve got a great room, but it’s rundown, the windows don’t really close, but we like that because it’s like a garage band set-up. You can just about hear yourself sing, but then as soon as you get on stage and the monitoring actually works it’s like a breath of fresh air. We’ve really made it our own and we wouldn’t change it!

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Clean Cut Kid – Photo by Jess Glendenning

What Have You Got Planned For 2016?

Fickle Friends

We’re going to Texas and LA to do some recording. Coming back to record our album. Then Festival season and after head out to New York. The world is our oyster. Our confirmed festivals at the moment are Bestival, Reading and Leeds, Field Day, the whole group, even some in Europe.

Clean Cut Kid

So many Festivals! It’s all laid out! A week of touring, then a week of recording, then another week of touring. Then we’re going to South West, South West, then we’ve got a load of random things, like a headline in London, some up in Liverpool, like Record Day. In May we’re finishing the record off and next single will be released. Then we’ll be doing the whole of festival season. We’re doing Reading and Leeds, Secret Garden Party and even, Lee Fest.

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Fickle Friends – Photo by Jess Glendenning

What’s The Best Bit About Touring?

Fickle Friends

Getting to meet the fans. The more gigs we play, the more fans we get and it’s just really nice to see them go for it and really enjoy it! 

Clean Cut Kid

It’s like you’re on holiday! Our tour manager probably doesn’t agree, but to us it just feels like a holiday with all your mates.

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Clean Cut Kid – Photo by Jess Glendenning

And The Worst Bit?

Fickle Friends

The boredom! There’s so much waiting around! It’s about 95% waiting around and 5% playing. We do the best job in the world though and we do stuff in between. Harry’s been learning French and Sam’s been learning Spanish.

Clean Cut Kid

Right at the end when it’s the last gig and you realise you have take all the gear back up the three flights of stairs to our rehearsal room! Also, however hard you try you can never take enough pants.

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Fickle Friends – Photo by Jess Glendenning

What Music Are You Currently Listening To?

Fickle Friends

Bombay Bicycle Club, because we love how they do things. They are such a good band. Jack Garrett, the 1975, all sorts really.

Clean Cut Kid

Honestly, a lot of Fickle Friends! Conner Youngblood, Flyte, Lying B*stards and Courtney Barnett as well. A lot of the talent is so raw and pure.

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Clean Cut Kid – Photo by Jess Glendenning

Finally, Sum Up Your Band In 3 Words

Fickle Friends

Right, let’s think about this. It’s a bit cheesy but indie, cool, 80s.

Clean Cut Kid

Fuzzy, hairy… Wait no, (after much debate). A beautiful, fuzzy mess.

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Fickle Friends – Photo by Jess Glendenning
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