Alternative and Indie
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- 08/04/2022Find ticketsLeadmill - Sheffield Teenage Fanclub Apr 08 2022 19:30Friday 19:30Leadmill - SheffieldTeenage Fanclub
- 10/04/2022Find ticketsRock City - Nottingham Teenage Fanclub Apr 10 2022 18:30 On partner siteSunday 18:30Rock City - NottinghamTeenage FanclubOn partner site
- 12/04/2022Find ticketsO2 Institute Birmingham - Birmingham Teenage Fanclub Apr 12 2022 19:00Tuesday 19:00O2 Institute Birmingham - BirminghamTeenage Fanclub
- 13/04/2022Find ticketsWaterfront - Norwich Teenage Fanclub Apr 13 2022 19:30 On partner siteWednesday 19:30Waterfront - NorwichTeenage FanclubOn partner site
- 14/04/2022Find ticketsBath Komedia - Bath Teenage Fanclub Apr 14 2022 19:00 On partner siteThursday 19:00Bath Komedia - BathTeenage FanclubOn partner site
- 16/04/2022Find ticketsChalk, Brighton - Brighton Teenage Fanclub Apr 16 2022 18:00 On partner siteSaturday 18:00Chalk, Brighton - BrightonTeenage FanclubOn partner site
- 17/04/2022Find ticketsWedgewood Rooms - Portsmouth Teenage Fanclub Apr 17 2022 19:30 On partner siteSunday 19:30Wedgewood Rooms - PortsmouthTeenage FanclubOn partner site
- 20/04/2022Find ticketsEmpire Music Hall - Belfast Teenage Fanclub Apr 20 2022 19:30Wednesday 19:30Empire Music Hall - BelfastTeenage Fanclub
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- 21/04/2022Find ticketsThe Academy - Dublin, Ireland Teenage Fanclub Apr 21 2022 19:00Thursday 19:00The Academy - Dublin, IrelandTeenage Fanclub
Scottish indie band known for their infectious hooks and soaring harmonies
Teenage Fanclub came into existence when former Boy Hairdressers Raymond McGinley, Francis Macdonald and Norman Blake recruited bassist Gerard Love to join them in a new venture. Their 1990 debut A Catholic Education got the band off to a promising start, even if its noisy, feedback-drenched squall was far removed from the melodic power pop that would make the band heroes at home and abroad.
Following the endearingly shambolic and almost totally instrumental The King, Teenage Fanclub (who now included Brendan O’Hare on drums in place of Macdonald) signed to Alan McGee’s Creation Records in the UK and Geffen in the US.
Their first album for both was 1991’s seminal Bandwagonesque, which found them dialling back the dissonance of their first two records in exchange for heavenly three-part harmonies and soaring melodies that were more reminiscent of The Byrds and Big Star. Even in a year that offered up Nevermind, Loveless and Achtung Baby, Bandwagonesque won album of the year in Spin magazine’s yearly poll. Kurt Cobain declared them the best band in the world.
Perhaps victims of their own success, The Fannies (as they’re affectionately known to fans) struggled with their follow-up. Thirteen was initially viewed as a disappointment by both critics and the band themselves, although it’s been viewed far more generously in hindsight. O’Hare left the band after Thirteen’s release, replaced by former Soup Dragons and Boy Hairdressers drummer Paul Quinn.
Teenage Fanclub raced ahead with their next album Grand Prix, which contained future fan-favourites Sparky’s Dream, Neil Jung, Mellow Doubt and Versimilitude. Reviews would have been unanimously ecstatic, but for one dissenting voice from Melody Maker. Teenage Fanclub retaliated by cheekily placing an ad in the magazine claiming “Nine out of ten cats prefer Teenage Fanclub”.
The band’s albums had been one-upping each other since Bandwagonesque, each charting higher than the last. That trend peaked with another critically adored album, Songs From Northern Britain, which reached No.3 in 1997.
Record label issues meant it would be three years before another Teenage Fanclub record appeared. Howdy! was the band’s last with drummer Paul Quinn, who left to focus on his family and start the similarly blissful indie pop band The Primary Five. Original drummer Francis Macdonald returned to the fold in his stead.
Releases became increasingly sporadic in the ’00s. Jad Fair enlisted TFC as his backing band for Words Of Wisdom And Hope in 2002 and a best of (featuring three new tracks) came out a year later. The Fannies then decamped to Chicago to record Man-Made with John McEntire of Tortoise.
After 2010’s Shadows, Blake moved to Toronto and TFC slowed to a crawl, only resurfacing for the occasional live show. While in Toronto, Blake formed the New Mendicants with Joe Pernice and The Sadies drummer Mike Belitsky and produced two albums for Swedish band I Was A King, but it was 2016 before a new Fannies album appeared. However, Here was well worth the wait, showcasing a band that might have eased off the gas slightly, but could still turn out breath-taking melodies and crafty hooks with consumate ease.
Founding member Gerard Love announced his departure from the band shortly afterwards, with long-time keyboardist Dave McGowan taking his place on bass and Euros Childs (Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci) joining on keys.
Teenage Fanclub announced their 11th studio album Endless Arcade in 2020, set for an October release alongside a UK tour. Both the Teenage Fanclub new album and UK tour were delayed to 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with some dates moved to 2022. Endless Arcade was eventually released on 30 April 2021.
Teenage Fanclub are touring the UK in September 2021 and April 2022.
No, Teenage Fanclub's UK tour dates from 2019 have been rescheduled to September 2021 and April 2022. Tickets for the original dates remain valid.
Teenage Fanclub have announced shows in the following locations: