Between the four of them, FUR couldn’t have spent more than £ 100 on the outfits they wear for their flagship show at London’s La Scala. Although they are fans of charity and vintage stores, the effect is still convincing: Murray, Tav, Flynn and Josh look like a rock ‘n’ roll band straight out of 1969. And with songs like the fantastically popular ‘If You Know That I’ m Lonely ‘, they look like that too.
Spreading out in all their thrifty splendor on the stone steps of Scala’s red backstage, FUR eagerly awaits their show: the latest in a short string of UK dates and their biggest headlining appearance at this day. The room is full and delighted when the group comes out of the stage, the result, says singer Murray, familiarity: “I think a lot of people discovered us. [on the last tour], while this tour, there are a lot of people who are already fans.
This time, FUR visited nine cities in September, spending the equivalent of a few days in their cramped van. Just getting to Dublin took ‘seventeen hours’, but by taking their’ 60s pop music to places full of romantically dressed young people, FUR traveled much further.
As evidenced by their Spotify “Listeners” statistics, the group is extremely popular in Southeast Asia, and particularly in Indonesia, where nearly 80,000 people in Jakarta, Surabaya and Bandung listen each month. And that doesn’t take Apple Music or YouTube into account, where “If you know I’m alone” is approaching 9 million views.
The group visited earlier this year and are back in November to host more local fan sites including Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. “Someone in Indonesia grew all of their hair out and had their hair cut,” Murray tells us, referring both to the distinct rounded curtains that surround his face and to the enthusiasm of some of their fans at the stop where they are most impatient. expected.
In March, they noted how nice it was to meet people in Indonesia face to face, rather than just meeting them online: [on our phones] and actually be there and experience it.
FUR was very fond of Indonesia. Even though it was too hot for their ubiquitous turtlenecks, they visited several landmarks, tried new foods (“cowhide tastes like poppadom”), and participated in the ultimate karaoke in Southeast Asia. South East. “We went a little too far and got a hefty bill,” Murray said of the karaoke night, during which The Beatles and Robbie Williams were sung with what seems to be devastating effect.
And what have large amounts of people in Southeast Asia fallen in love with? Romantic 60s pop songs about love and desire, delivered with a slight modern slant and dramatic vocals. Although most of their fans live across the ocean, FUR is gaining popularity in the UK, in part thanks to an increasingly modern discography. From the doo-wop of the first “Not Enough” outing to last week’s “Trouble Always Finds Me”, FUR has taken subtle but sure steps towards a sound that sees new and unheard of things sounding “more like modern British rock. “.
Now in a writing partnership with new guitarist Josh, Murray credits the subtle change to new inspiration: “I’ve always been influenced by The Libertines and The Strokes, but in Josh’s writing it shows,” says he, adding that his new bandmate wrote the latest single “Trouble Always Finds Me”: “I think he naturally [writes] a sound that is more appealing to the current British scene.
The next album written by Josh will be out soon and will be titled ‘Do You Still Think of Me?’, Which the band is playing tonight alongside a slew of old favorites. The new influences are certainly clear, although the vintage tones of the old versions are greeted enthusiastically by the crowd tonight, just as they were at Omeara in February. On Valentine’s Day during their last concert in London, the group left the audience “enchanted” by their love songs.
“Some of these are definitely not the worst music for having sex,” Murray says with extraordinary diplomacy when I bring up the likelihood of people doing it, and possibly after the February 14 show. Anyway, FUR “could tell that there were a lot of couples who had come for their Valentine’s date”, so the leap is not big to make. They shrug their shoulders: “If they do, it’s a compliment.
That same aphrodisiac floats around the room during tonight’s set, though it envelops a much larger crowd than ever before. A great warm-up for their next trip abroad on “the smallest version of a world tour,” FUR has the songs and wardrobe ready to trap fans around the world. And there are still “so many places where we have adored fans but never visited,” Murray says. Wait for them, world.