Tour van chats with Brighton’s brightest new band.
There seems to be something in the water in Brighton. Time after time, the seaside town is producing the finest new bands around, and our latest obsession FUR are no exception.
Forming just over three years ago, the quartet – made up of William Murray, Harry Saunders, William Tavener and Flynn Whelan – create music that they themselves describe as “like if a ’60s band were doing something modern” and have already been creating a buzz with their vibrant nostalgia-tinged bops.
Now with their self-titled debut EP set to wow when it drops next year, we caught up with Murray to get the goss on your new faves.
Hi guys, how are you?
We’re all good! Currently in the van driving on tour with Matt Maltese.
So going back to the very beginning – can you tell us how FUR began?
Harry and I (Murray) met through our uni freshers page because he had seen my old band support Superfood and messaged me about it and we started chatting and met up to write some music and wrote a couple of songs and it just fell into a project that we took down to Brighton and then we met Tav and Flynn whilst down there and it just picked up from there.
Was it fairly harmonious when you decided to start making music together?
Yeah, we were all were happy with what we were making and as the music’s progressed it’s felt very mutual and natural.
Who/What would you say are your main inspirations as a band?
We’re all fans of The Growlers, The Strokes and we all grew up on similar music from the PST decades so I think that has a lot to do with the harmonious thing.
In the three years you’ve been together – what have you learnt so far?
That you can’t buy booze after 10pm in Glasgow…
What’s the aim for the next three years?
We just take everything as it comes and our main aim at the moment is just to release as much music as we can and to get as many people as we can to listen to it. Who knows how far it will go.
You just dropped your song “Angel Eyes”, how’s the reaction been so far?
Everyone has been loving it and it’s definitely our favourite song and favourite video we’ve released to date so for other people to be sharing that love feels great.
Can you tell us a bit about how the song came about?
It was written almost two years ago and we had sat on it for a while and been playing it live but never got to a point where we felt it was right to release until now and with the EP it felt right to be the first single.
You’ve accompanied that with the news that you’ll be releasing your debut EP next year! Without giving too much away, what can you tell us about it?
It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time but just wanted to wait because we knew we’d continue to write better and better songs and we would grow the audience and now we feel like it’s a great representation of where we’re at and a hint of where we can go.
What other exciting things can we expect from you in the next few months?
Maybe a new song and a really important gig to us on Dec 22nd to mark the closure of a venue in Brighton which is close to us.