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The first album in five years from Teenage Fanclub is also their first without bassist and vocalist Gerard Love. In his place, the group recruited Euros Childs of the Welsh band Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci. “The whole process of making this album was very invigorating,” guitarist and vocalist Norman Blake said in a press release. After a 2018 vinyl reissue series put many of their iconic albums back in print, “Endless Arcade” looks to be another welcome reintroduction to Scotland’s power-pop giants. Losing a songwriter as good as Gerard Love, who bowed out of Teenage Fanclub in 2018, would be a blow to any band, but luckily TFC still have two other great singer/songwriters in Norman Blake and Raymond McGinley and now count former Belle & Sebastian’s David MacGowan as a member. Despite those major lineup shifts, TFC’s jangly, harmonious sound is likely to remain un-phased.

Even if we weren’t living through extraordinarily troubling times, there is nothing quite like a Teenage Fanclub album to assuage the mind, body and soul, and to reaffirm that all is not lost in this world.

Endless Arcade follows the band’s ninth album Here, released in 2016. It’s quintessential TFC: melodies are equal parts heart warming and heart aching; guitars chime and distort; keyboard lines mesh and spiral; harmony-coated choruses burst out like sun on a stormy day.

In the 1990s, the band crafted a magnetically heavy yet harmony-rich sound on classic albums such as Bandwagonesque and Grand Prix. This century, albums such as Shadows and Here have documented a more relaxed, less ‘Teenage’ Fanclub, reflecting the band’s stage in life and state of mind, which Endless Arcade slots perfectly alongside. The album walks a beautifully poised line between melancholic and uplifting, infused with simple truths. The importance of home, community and hope is entwined with more bittersweet, sometimes darker thoughts – insecurity, anxiety, loss.

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Teenage Fanclub are putting out five new vinyl reissues. These reissues cover the Creation era,  the first pressings of these will each come with a special seven-inch single that offers two tracks from a selection of rarities, picked by the band. These are all new to vinyl with one track previously unreleased.

For fans of cult Scottish band will be able to get their hands on new pressings of 1991’s Bandwagonesque, 1993’s Thirteen, 1995’s Grand Prix, 1997’s Songs From Northern Britain, and 2000’s Howdy!. They will be packaged in faithful reproductions of the original vinyl artwork and available on heavyweight 180g single vinyl, released on 10th August by Sony Music.

According to a press release, each album will come with a bonus 7″ single containing rarities, B-sides, and previously unreleased tracks selected by the band.

Each album has been remastered from the original tapes at Abbey Road Studios, London under the guidance of the band, and will be packaged in a faithful re-production of the original vinyl artwork. Each LP will be pressed on 180gsm black vinyl.

 

All records are out via the band’s official website on August 10th.

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Teenage Fanclub have confirmed a series of live shows where the set list will linger on songs from their Creation era. The ‘Songs From Teenage Fanclub’ tour will see them play songs from 91-93 on ‘Night 1’, from 94-97 on ‘Night 2’ and from 98-00 on ‘Night 3’.

November
5 / 6 / 7 Manchester Academy 3
9 / 10 / 11 Birmingham Institute
13 / 14 / 15 London Electric Ballroom

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mentioned before here with their tremendous Ep “Hold Open My Heart” this is a great cover of the song from Teenage Fanclub catch them on tour soon.