The '90s stole from the '60s and gave us Britpop, the '00s stole from the '70s and created the Indie Rock revolution - this decade are we about to steal from the '80s? Granted, this is a limited lens to look at musical influence and yet it shows the ways in which music follows particular tides, how trends and taste can come in and out of fashion decades apart. Fickle Friends are modern-day '80s kids. They weren't around in the period but they connect with its spirit. "The '80s was when everyone was perfecting what had come before. In the '70s everyone was playing with all this awesome natural analogue gear and then the '80s became more experimental and we like to experiment with sound so I think that's why we refer back to that period."

Hailing from hipster paradise - Brighton - Fickle Friends are a band on the verge of a major breakthrough. Having recently signed to major label Polydor, a home to the likes of The 1975, Years and Years and Haim, the five-piece Fickle Friends (Natti, Sam, Harry, Jack and Chris) are about to take their career to the next level.

There hasn't really been much of a daily change from their unsigned beginnings mind. Harry got a new bass guitar but largely the band have been able to remain grounded throughout the process. "It was very recent and we've been thrown into a tour since the mark of the year so the only difference is we're being able to tour without having to drive ourselves around in a bleak vehicle and sleep on floors. We actually get a tour manager and a tech and we can stay in hotels!"

Having played gigs relentlessly since forming in 2013, it's a sign that the times are changing for the band. Their brand of happy-go-lucky, '80s tinged synth pop is the ideal party starter, a myriad of tunes perfect for the coming summer months. "If you come to one of our London shows, like Dingwalls, then you'll see we bring the party. Classic stage invasion with kids everywhere. Our standard audience is pretty young. They just wanna go mental."

2016 sees the band gearing up for the release of their debut album, after what seems like an eternity of hard work to get to this point as Sam illustrates: "We've been going for two years to get to this stage so it's been a slog. From talking to labels, they've all told us how cool it is we've gone down the traditional route, grafting for two years, being on tour, honing our sound, growing the fanbase and the brand. Most of the time bands will get signed on development deals after 1 or 2 songs and they don't necessarily have that fanbase." Throughout the slog they've had to suffer with the consequential misgivings of being a relatively unheard of band. "People just write wrong things about us. Even on Radio 1. Phil Taggart said we were from Birmingham when we're from Brighton. He saw us at a show in London and he's like 'So guys, you're a five-piece from Birmingham' Come on Phil!"

After a mammoth traction tour, the band are now just looking forward to getting into the studio with a potential dream producer in the works. "They are TBC on our google calendar. We don't want to jinx it until it is 100% certain, but it's looking likely."

It seems as good a time as any for Fickle Friends to properly unleash their music onto the world. Almost overnight, fellow '80s revivalists The 1975 have become the undisputed biggest band on the planet. As with the '90s and '00s, there were your heavyweights - the likes of Blur and Oasis, The Strokes and The White Stripes, bands so monolithic they overshadowed their scenes.

The 1975 have become that band and it is an important point of concern for Fickle Friends. "We've been told how we sound like other bands but at this time we are coining our own sound", the guitarist Chris exclaims. It sees the band in a period of rapid progression looking to advance their sound and move into new territories explains Natti: "Since we have been signed it has been a conversation with the labels, looking at our visual side and the imaging and the branding and this point in our careers is all about fine-tuning those sides so that it doesn't look like the 1975 and it doesn't sound like Haim. Those comparisons will be there but we can stand alone and say we are here and we are Fickle Friends."