FUR are a very exciting light on the horizon, and their new single ‘When You Walk Away Pt 1’ is a jingle jangle harmonious delight that is bursting with melodic goodness and a sense of optimism and joy. It comes as the Brighton band announces the release of their debut album of the same name for 5 November 2021 via Norway’s 777 Music label.
Of the track, Will Murray says:
‘When You Walk Away Pt I’ is a hopeful yet reflective statement that opens the album. Drawn from the common axiom ‘when you walk away, don’t turn/look back’ it acts as a personal manifesto that looks to punctuate and frame the themes present on the album. The album deals with the personal and shared experiences we have during the difficult post-coming of age period in our lives, with each song being a snapshot/postcard searching for meaning and trying to make sense of these experiences.
Post-coming of age is a dizzying period of intense change and movement, both internal and external, in which you try to find your place in the world whilst finding yourself within. You may have to walk away from home, familiarity, innocence as well as jobs, relationships and situations that are no good for you while in turn friends and love’s may walk away from you. As someone with a penchant for standing outside of time and dwelling on the past, the songs act as a reminder to be more present and spend less time looking over my shoulder.
When You Walk Away Pt I’s “find someone who loves you and don’t let go / find someone to believe in and let them know” serves as an ode to love and friendship, and hopes to impart small wisdoms in what I have learned through experience and believe to be most important.
This is just the kind of joyous message that is needed at the moment. Indeed, the twelve string chiming guitars and mountainous choruses are only matched by the accompanying video – an enchanting stylish black and white montage with some serious dance moves and an inherent sense of humour:
This is quite something.
You can pre-order the album here and receive a limited edition FUR football jersey as well as an exclusive Rough Trade vinyl version with a photobook.
Will Murray – Vocals, Guitar
Josh Buchanan – Guitar
William Tavener – Bass
Flynn Whelan – Drums
FUR have an ambitious UK/US tour schedule ahead as well.
You can catch the band live in the UK at the following dates:
August 27th – Leeds, Leeds Festival
August 29th – Reading, Reading Festival
September 13th – Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall w/ Boy Pablo
September 14th – Glasgow, The Garage w/ Boy Pablo
September 16th – Manchester, The Ritz w/ Boy Pablo
September 17th – Birmingham, 02 Academy 2 w/ Boy Pablo
September 18th – London, St Johns Church w/ Boy Pablo
September 20th – Bristol, Motion w/ Boy Pablo
October 16th – Leeds, Live At Leeds
November 16th – Sheffield, The Leadmill
November 17th – Newcastle, The Cluny
November 18th – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
November 19th – Manchester, The Deaf Institute
November 20th – Birmingham, The Castle & Falcon
November 22nd – Liverpool, Phase One
November 24th – Southampton, Heartbreakers
November 26th – London, Oslo
November 27th – Margate, Elsewhere
US tour details are below and you can get tickets for these shows here.
Feature Photograph: Julia Nala.