Despite, you know, everything that happened in 2020, Brighton rockers FUR were able to make the best of a tough situation for musicians. After securing a deal with Norwegian label 777 Music they released something they called the Facing Home Mixtape, which included a handful of their recordings that hadn’t been previously released as singles. While there’s still no word of a proper album to follow this collection up, today’s news feels like a good sign.
The band has revealed a new single called “The Fine Line of a Quiet Life,” a power-pop anthem with a sunshine demeanor going hand-in-hand with its optimistic lyrical content. The anthem sounds like nearly every corner of the early ’00s garage rock revival, from The Strokes’ quick-and-steady guitar strumming to the vocals’ lineage of Brit-pop NME cover stars from the era. The only thing really missing from the formula is the too-cool apathy that shaded most of those bands’ lyrics.
“‘The Fine Line of a Quiet Life’ is a documentation of mixed messages you give yourself and take from others about where you feel you should be in your life, and where you’re at,” the band shares. “It’s about self-reflection and understanding. It’s about detaching yourself from situations you’ve already been in and know the outcome of. Much like growing up, you learn not to do certain things and slowly but surely you learn that there’s a ‘fine line’ of what lifestyle becomes acceptable the older you get, and also what you can hack as an adult (that maybe doesn’t feel too much like one). The feeling of regret and ‘How could I be so blind?’ that everyone has felt in relationships that really only comes out once it’s done is something that also goes hand-in-hand with a mutual respect for a collapsed relationship, and that there’s no undoing of things you’ve done and it’s best to just move on and suck it up.”
Hear the track below, and keep an ear out for more updates from the group.