Teenage Fanclub play Sheffield and Leeds in April 2022
Following the release of their critically acclaimed 10th album, Endless Arcade last year, Teenage Fanclub will be hitting the road for a string of shows across the UK and Ireland.
Endless Arcade is the long-awaited follow-up to the band’s 206 album Here. That achieved universal praise and notably their first UK Top 10 album since 1997. And the new record is quintessential TFC: melodies are equal parts heart-warming and heart-aching. Guitars chime and distort. Keyboard lines mesh and spiral, and harmony-coated choruses burst out like sun on a stormy day. It featured the singles: ‘The Sun Won’t Shine On Me’, ‘I’m More Inclined’, and ‘Home’.
“A beautifully poised line”
In support of the new record, Teenage Fanclub have announced a European tour for 2022 which includes a string of shows across the UK and Ireland throughout April. Support will come from Norway’s Frøkedal & Familien.
During their 10 date tour, they’ll be playing at The Leadmill, Sheffield on 8th April. And on the following night they’ll be at Beckett’s, Leeds.
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.
“I think of an endless arcade as a city that you can wander through, with a sense of mystery, an imaginary one that goes on forever…” says Raymond McGinley, one half of the band’s songwriters for this album alongside Norman Blake. “When it came to choosing an album title, it seemed to have something for this collection of songs.”
Tickets for Teenage Fanclub are on sale now from teenagefanclub.com/live