FUR – ” When You Walk Away “

Posted: August 29, 2021 in MUSIC

When Brighton quartet Fur first began pricking up ears back in 2017, their early moves seemed imbued with more than a dash of good fortune. Without any big money campaign, that autumn’s jangling, sepia-tinged third single ‘If You Know That I’m Lonely’ went borderline viral on Youtube, amassing millions of streams over the following months; currently, it stands on more than 40 million plays across all platforms. But since then, the band – comprised of singer Murray, bassist Tav, guitarist Josh and drummer Flynn – have set about confirming that their early algorithmic victories were no fluke.

Breaking into the Asian market, building an increasingly strong community in their native UK and now heading into their debut album, Fur’s is a tale not of flukey success, but of playing the long game. What Fur have specialized in is their ability to mix the old and the new, to take a particularly nostalgic strain of lovelorn guitar music but make it sound fresh again. Whether it’s playing a Gibson SG, enlisting the skills of Mike Rowe (Oasis and Mick Jagger’s key’s player amongst other accolades), or falling down the White Rabbit hole of The Velvet Underground via The Strokes in a flurry of influential digestion, Fur, are unquestionably a contemporary act, writing contemporary songs, for tomorrow’s music explorers; an infinite balancing act between present relevancy, and the traditional rock n roll of which they themselves, look up to.

The record is produced by Theo Verney and mixed by Grammy winning engineer Caesar Edmunds (Queens of the Stone Age, Foals, St. Vincent).

While the Brighton group might easily be mistaken as a group of mods and rockers from the suede jackets and bootleg jeans, Fur is one of the biggest growing alt-indie bands in the UK. With a modern twist on rock and pop, their latest single ‘The Fine Line Of A Quiet Life’ highlights their talent to combine a steady upbeat bass with a fun and catchy set of lyrics.

While the sorrowful lyrics place a strong emphasis on self-reflection and understanding the milestone you are at in your life, the upbeat range in frontman Murray’s voice gives the song a cheerful edge. During the transition to the chorus, the change in pitch of Murray’s voice and guitar give the song potential to make it a summer anthem. 

‘The Fine Line Of A Quiet Life’ is an amazing addition to the ever-growing alt-indie genre. Putting a twist on a classic type of rock song, Fur has demonstrated creativity in both their lyrics and pitch. 

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