We’re putting the spotlight on the hottest and most exciting new bands around with our Introducing feature, ready to highlight the artists with the biggest potential to make an impact on their scene. Today, we’re looking at Irish newcomers Fangclub who are perfecting the 90s fuzzy rock sound, twinned with a grunge aesthetic for extra authenticity and attitude. The Dublin trio are ready for their debut full length release on August 4th so we took an overview of the band as a starting point for anyone looking for a new garage band to bang their head to.
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LATEST MUSIC VIDEO:
SEPTEMBER 2 – Bingley Music Festival
SEPTEMBER 5 – GLASGOW, Stereo
SEPTEMBER 6 – EDINBURGH, The Mash House
SEPTEMBER 7 – NEWCASTLE, Think Tank
SEPTEMBER 8 – LEEDS, The Brudenell (Games Room)
SEPTEMBER 9 – MANCHESTER, Fallow Cafe
SEPTEMBER 11 – NOTTINGHAM, Bodega
SEPTEMBER 12 – BIRMINGHAM, The Sunflower
SEPTEMBER 13 – OXFORD, The Cellar
SEPTEMBER 14 – READING, Purple Turtle
SEPTEMBER 15 – LONDON, Thousand Island
SEPTEMBER 16 – BRIGHTON, The Joker
OCTOBER 19 – GALWAY, Roisin Dubh Upstairs
OCTOBER 20 – LISTOWEL, Mike The Pies
OCTOBER 21 – CORK, Cyprus Avenue
OCTOBER 27 – BELFAST, McHughs
OCTOBER 28 – LIMERICK, Kasbah Social Club
OCTOBER 29 – DUBLIN, Whelans ( Matinee All Ages)
OCTOBER 29 – DUBLIN, Whelans
WHAT THE BAND SAY:
DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard Fangclub before?
Fangclub: We’ve been described as The Beach Boys on amphetamines and I think that’s our favourite description. I dunno how accurate it is but that’s what we’re gonna go with! Punishing riffs and pop melodies.
DP!: How did the band form?
Fangclub: We actually formed when Steven and I were playing in a different band. We played this house party. Dara was in another band at the time and he drunkenly came up to us after saying if you guys are ever looking for a drummer look me up. As fate would have it, our drummer quit the next week and we decided to take Dara up on his offer and the rest is history really.
DP!:What plans do you have for the future?
Fangclub: We’re afraid of the future. So we don’t really think about it. We have our album out on August 4th so we’re just excited to get out and tour it. I think we’re at our happiest out on the road, touring, meeting fans and bands and basically living in each other’s pockets. There’s always a story to be gotten on the road.
DP!:Which new bands are you listening to right now?
Fangclub: Oh there’s a whole bunch! At the moment we’re really into Tigercub, Demob Happy, Yonaka, Pretty Vicious, Charly Bliss, Paerish and Big Spring. They always make the van playlists. We just toured with Big Spring too so that was awesome.
DP!:Which bands do you aspire to and why?
Fangclub: I don’t know if we aspire to be anybody. I think it’s a dangerous thing to aspire to be your favourite band. If your lucky enough to achieve that, where do you go from there? So yeah I think the aspiration is to keep challenging ourselves to keep writing and improve and grow on what we’ve done so far and never stop doing that.
DP!:What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
Fangclub: Stand out moment I think for all of us is supporting Pixies in Dublin. They are one of the reasons we sound like we do. They were incredible on and off stage. Having Frank Black walk up to you and say “Great show, I loved your sound” and “Good job kid” is one not only one of coolest moments of our career but our entire lives too.
Fangclub‘s debut self-titled record is out August 4th, via Vertigo Records, and you can pre-order the album here.
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