Following a breakthrough 2019 for the band, Brighton’s FUR have been working since the turn of the year on a host of new material. With their pre-pandemic, James Skelly-produced single Grow Up released just last month, FUR show no signs of slowing down and have announced the release of a new 7-track offering, the ‘Facing Home Mixtape’. Self-recorded by the band themselves, it features more of the perfect pop FUR are increasingly becoming renowned for, and shows that writer’s block is certainly no concern in the FUR camp.
Frontman and main songwriter Murray explains how it came about: “Part-written, but then fully recorded during lock-down, the mixtape is by far the most honest thing we have offered. No one else’s input besides ours, 7 tracks each giving their own angle on the FUR sound.
Themes of isolation started to show in the songs written before anyone knew we were facing an isolated lock-down, so it feels like the perfect time to be releasing something like this. Being forced to reflect on the past and tackle some personal struggles means the songs are more reflective and true to life than some of our previous releases.
It feels like we came into our own during the process of making this.
No label or people getting their intentions in the way, we just had so much music being written and we were proud of, we needed to let people hear it and we weren’t gonna wait around until we could get into a studio.
It’s given us the confidence to want to produce the album ourselves and it’s the perfect end-step for us to show people what we are capable of and what we are all about. The songwriting is better than it has ever been and things are only getting better from here.”
Stream the ‘Facing Home Mixtape’ in full via Spotify below.
The band played London’s Scala last year as part of their biggest headline tour yet and have been writing towards a debut album since. The huge viral success of their music – their early single If You Know That I’m Lonely has nearly 30 million plays between Spotify and YouTube – has rightly positioned them as one of the most hotly-tipped bands in the country.
Their self-titled EP was released last year on taste-maker label Nice Swan Records (Pip Blom, Sports Team, Courting) and was described by DIY as “a pure, twinkle-eyed joy from start to finish.”
FUR will also hit the following venues on their 2021 UK tour.
Spring 2021 tour dates
4.03.21 – The Castle & Falcon – Birmingham
05.03.21 – The Cluny 2 – Newcastle
06.03.21 – The Picturehouse Social – Sheffield
07.03.21 – The Deaf Institute – Manchester
08.03.21 – Phase One – Liverpool
10.03.21 – Heartbreakers – Southampton
11.03.21 – Prince Albert – Brighton
12.03.21 – Oslo – London
13.03.21 – Elsewhere – Margate