Currently on tour with Big Spring and having played a spectacular show in Ireland with Pixies, Irish rockers Fangclub have announced a headline tour of the UK and Ireland. Raw, direct, powerful, alt-rock, written with no frills and played with pure passion; the kind of energy that can only come from three old friends with sheer determination and “no plan B”.

Meet Fangclub, a Dublin-based trio who formed in the neighbouring, remote coastal town of Rush when they were teenagers. Between dropping out of college for those early jam sessions and now, they’ve signed with major Universal imprint Vertigo Records, released two acclaimed EPs (Bullethead and Coma Happy), toured with the likes of Twin Atlantic and won over a dedicated legion of fans.

Formed of singer and guitarist Steven King, drummer Dara Coleman and bassist Kevin Keane, Fangclub have been lauded by Kerrang! for their ‘explosively catchy tunes’, while Punktastichave deemed them ‘destined for mainstream success’. With their self-titled debut album due in August and a packed summer of touring, this is one club that’s only going to grow and grow in strength and number.

“I had watched this documentary about tribes, and there was this one that would tattoo themselves with fang symbols,” says King says of the origin of their name. “That idea just really lent itself to what we were trying to do. I was in a cafe and drew it out with the fang logo on a napkin, now it’s plastered all over Dublin. There are guys who have it tattooed on them. It feels like we have our own very tribe now.

“Back in school, we were the only punk-rockers in town, so we kind of gravitated towards each other,” says Steven. Originally united by extreme hairstyles and their love of The Offspring and NOFX, now their self-titled debut album sees them step out of their own ‘little bubble’ and onto the world stage. No gimmicks, just rock.

Openers Bullet Head and Role Models kick start the thread of noise driven by melody, with the break-neck desert-rock ferocity of Queens Of The Stone met by the inescapable hooks of Weezer. Lightning and Dreamcatcher take the paranoid math-rock that Biffy Clyro chase and pack it with a Seattle-sized chorus, culminating in tracks like the feral rush of Common Ground and the pure grunge nihilism of Best Fake Friends that destine this band for arenas.



Date Venue
Sat 2nd Bingley Music Festival
Tue 5th Stereo Glasgow
Wed 6th The Mash House Edinburgh
Thu 7th Think Tank Newcastle
Fri 8th The Brudenell Leeds
Sat 9th Fallow Café Manchester
Mon 11th Bodega Nottingham
Tue 12th The Sunflower Birmingham
Wed 13th The Cellar Oxford
Thu 14th Purple Turtle Reading
Fri 15th Thousand Island London
Sat 16th The Joker Brighton

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