After the success of their debut EP released earlier this year, Brighton’s FUR has returned with their first new material since in the form of Nothing (Until Something Else Comes Along). It’s 3 minutes of perfect, hook-filled pop music. Watch the video clip via YouTube below.
“It’s a step in the direction that some of the newer stuff lies, the perfect
Their self-titled EP was released earlier in the year via Nice Swan Records. You can grab the band’s EP on 12” vinyl here.
As well as the new single, they also announced their biggest headline tour to date culminating in a show at London’s Scala on September 25th.
21st July – Suffolk, Latitude Festival
27th July – Oxfordshire, Truck Festival
2nd August – Kent, Neverworld Festival
14th Sept – Dublin, Whelan’s
15th Sept – Belfast, McHugh’s Bar
17th Sept – Nottingham, The Bodega
18th Sept – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
19th Sept – Glasgow, Broadcast
21st Sept – Liverpool, Sound Food & Drink
22nd Sept – Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge
24th Sept – Bristol, Exchange
25th Sept – London, The Scala
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In the modern world of streaming-dominated music consumption, there are a few standard ways that artists tend to rack up the numbers. They’re either signed to a major label, who have the leverage and cash to get them all up in people’s eye-lines, they’ve managed to nab a lucrative top spot on a New Music Friday playlist, or they’ve made friends with Hugh Jackman and wound up on the still omnipotent soundtrack for ‘The Greatest Showman’. Rare, however, is the track that climbs into seven-figure streams just by virtue of being very good. And even rarer still is the occasion when that happens to a virtually unknown indie band.
If You Know That I’m Lonely, the jangling, sepia-tinged and ’60s-inflected bop released by Brighton quartet FUR in the autumn of 2017, however, is currently sitting at over 7.5 million YouTube views.
It’s had no car commercial sync deals and no celebrity endorsement, and its aesthetically-pleasing, Wes Anderson-
He’s not exaggerating, either. In the time since the release of the single, the band have travelled Europe, have imminent plans for their first US trip and, recently, headlined a 5,000-capacity event in Jakarta, Indonesia. “It was just a bit nuts; when we walked on it was quite overwhelming, but then we said just to treat it like any other show,” Murray recalls. “After the show, we were getting swamped by people. The reception was incredible,” continues bassist Tav. “If they like a band out there, [fans] give their whole life to it. It’s on a whole other level.”
Formed just over four years ago in the seaside town that the band – completed by drummer Flynn and new guitarist Josh – still call home, FUR might not have expected this rapid ascent, but their ambition and determination has been there ever since Day One, when Murray decided to hunt out university flatmates based purely on their ability to play an instrument.
Once he’d found the others, they began to pen tracks based equally in the ‘00s indie they’d grown up with and an increasing rekindled interest in the older music they’d always known from home. “It started off [influenced] by The Strokes and The Cribs, who are another band we all really adore. But as we kept on writing, I found myself really enjoying and being really good at tapping into that [other] place,” explains Murray. “So then it was a case of getting that balance where it doesn’t sound like a band from the ‘60s, it sounds like if a ’60s band were doing something modern.”
Following that first hit up with a string of singles and this year’s debut self-titled EP, what FUR have
The first output to feature the current line-up is set to come in the form of next single ‘Nothing Until Something’. “It’s a step in the direction that some of the newer stuff lies, the perfect
Garnering acclaim from the likes of BBC 6 Music, DIY and So Young, alongside their notable worldly travels (the quartet
Case in point: the band’s forthcoming September tour, which will see them play their biggest UK headline shows to date, including a stop off at London’s Scala. “When we did the show at Omeara on Valentine’s Day, we got heart-shaped balloons and decorations, and people really said how memorable it was, so we want to do something special like that again,” enthuses the singer. “I think people often don’t make the effort to make a gig more than just going to watch a band, whereas I want it to be an experience.”
With a solid new line-up, a wealth of new material and an ever-increasing group of supporters on board to experience it with them, FUR are charging through 2019 with impressive momentum. “When we all think back to where it started with If You Know That I’m Lonely, doing it on such a shoestring and seeing where we’ve got to