Brighton rockers FUR are pleased to announce their debut album, When You Walk Away, which will be released on November 5, 2021 via Norwegian tastemaker label 777 Music (also the label home of Boy Pablo).
When You Walk Away marks the band’s most fully realized effort to date. FUR, who described their last EP Facing Home Mixtape (2020) as a “harmonious meeting of unintentional things,” created a deeply personal yet deliberate and cohesive album that is both contemporary and a homage to traditional rock and roll, a genre the group has continuously gravitated toward.
Last spring FUR shared the first taste of the new album, single “The Fine Line Of A Quiet Life.” Today, they share the title-track of the album and visual accompaniment directed by Vasilisa Forbes, a UK-based female director who has directed visuals for acts like Hannah Diamond, the Bug and Millie Turner.
The band has also announced a North American tour that will kick off in San Francisco on March 12, 2022 and take them to LA, NYC, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago and more. A full rundown of dates can be found below and tickets can be purchased here.
Pre-order the album here and receive a limited edition FUR soccer jersey as well as an exclusive Rough Trade vinyl version with a photobook.
Signing to Norway’s 777 Music in the Autumn of 2020, meant that FUR were able to secure their debut album on the tail end of the year; a spout of luck and gift of time, which enabled the group to sit-back and relish the respective freedom of recording with neither time constraints, nor pressure, to be anything but “a band at our own pace again”.
Learning to navigate the seemingly impossible task of banding together in a global lockdown would at first trip appear stalemate, yet three studios down and isolated rehearsals in their respective homes, resulted in something beautifully responsive in the form of the Facing Home Mixtape; a self-recorded “creative bleed” which attempted to combat “the lack of shows and lack of rehearsal rubbish,” by utilizing energy that had been stored up, but not quite made the album cut.
One of the greatest insights in life is the familiarity found in time. That ever-existing stamp in which art can simultaneously exist pre, present and post pandemic, resulted in an observatory hyper-awareness and desire to soak up life’s endurances, which has frequented FUR’s thoughts often. If the mixtape was a self-described “harmonious meeting of unintentional things” and wistful nostalgia, then it’s intrinsically adept that FUR’s subsequent debut album, is to be titled When You Walk Away.
Recorded at Echo Zoo Studios (Michael Kiwanuka, The Magic Numbers…), FUR employed the skills of Theo Verney on production and engineer Kristoff Skirl, both of whom were key collaborators in FUR’s earlier work. As children, J.M Barrie taught us never to say goodbye, “because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting”- and yet in homage to the murky waters post your early twenties, ‘When You Walk Away’ is evidently less an epic down memory lane- chasing the second star to the right and straight on ‘til eternity, and rather, a conscious move from a band who embrace collaborative development and the art of turning back, to aid the next big step forward.
Photo Courtesy: Julia Nala