Fangclub Release Video For 'Vulture Culture'. Wednesday 10 th July 2019
Following the release of their incredible new album, Irish rock band Fangclub have released a video for their new single of the same name "Vulture Culture". Check out the video here:
So much of the best art, the best music, is exorcism, primal scream, raw and brutal honesty. The act of gathering up all of your fear, paranoia, addiction, love and despair and hurling it into a microphone, ripping it out of a guitar. Just such a record is Fangclub's second album 'Vulture Culture', (OUT NOW) an emotional maelstrom of violence, mental illness, suicide, social vampirism, drug overdoses and not a little romance, howled out in some of the most infectious and visceral rock music of the decade.
1: Last Time
2: Vulture Culture
4: Viva Violent
5: Every Day
8: Heavy Handed
9: All I Have
10: Black Rainbow
Released July 5th on Vertigo Records, 'Vulture Culture', was recorded during an isolated, month-long stint at Giant Wafer Studios in Wales with producer duo Alex Loring & Tom Andrews, that tested and toyed with the band. "We always work best in isolation," says drummer Dara Coleman. "I jokingly went into it saying 'I'm willing to lose my mind for this album'. Around day twenty, things started getting weird - I started getting paranoid that everyone in the house hated me."
"There was a real atmosphere of obsession from everybody," adds Vocalist/Guitarist Steven King. "It's the craziest thing I've ever done. The theme of the album became violent, there's a lot of violence in the tone of it, towards yourself and other things."
Steven forced himself to write his lyrics at the last minute, to ensure they were as raw and honest as possible. "It comes off as a heavier record because I didn't have time to hide the real stories. It really captured something. The pressure added to it, like 'that line's pretty revealing but I have to put it down, I don't have anything else'. We could've gone in and made another debut, this punk thing with loads of hooks, or I could back myself into a corner. It's a strangely revealing and personal album but I don't feel afraid to share it because it's almost as if I've expelled the things."
Woven into 'Vulture Culture's broader sweep - obsessive love songs ('Kingdumb'), and commentary on the carrion concerns and internalised violence of the new generation ('Viva Violent': "people are so violent to themselves, the way they talk to themselves, they're living a life of violence inside, mirroring the reality of what it's like outside," Steven says) - are some of the most revealing confessionals in recent rock memory. From the epic, slow-burning opener 'Last Time' (which is made up of extracts from a confessional note that Steven wrote his girlfriend, which he sang to her in a lamplit studio) to 'Heavy Handed' and 'All I Have' which confront the mental health & substance problems that have tormented Steven and close loved ones, the album ebbs and flows with a common narrative. Tracks like 'Slow', 'Nightmare' and prowling first single 'Hesitations' - featuring a children's choir - hint at suicidal thoughts, addiction and intense paranoia. "I was completely erratic," Steven says of his darkest moments, "I was paranoid I was being followed. I had this doomlike feeling every day that something was coming to get me."
In summing up 'Vulture Culture' , Steven says "We are so proud of this record. It's a culmination of a lot of chaos and inner mental violence which almost capsized the band. Making this record got us through the fog and we have a new lease of life. The energy is real, the chaos makes sense and the violence is fuel for the fire."
Already kicking off the summer in style by supporting Smashing Pumpkins on their European tour and Metallica and Slane Castle, Fangclub are packing out the rest of 2019 with festivals and a headline UK and EU tour. Catch Fangclub live at one of the following shows:
July 26thStandon, UK, Standon Calling Festival 27thPikehall, UK, Y-Not Festival
15thZurich, Switzerland, Musikfestwochen Festival
2ndLiverpool, Zanzibar 3rdLeeds, Hyde Park Book Club 5thGlasgow, The Attic Bar 6thNewcastle, Riverside 2 7thEdinburgh, The Mash House 9thHull, Adelphi 10thManchester, Night People 11thBirmingham, Sunflower Lounge 12thGuilford, Boileroom 13thBristol, Crofters Rights 14thExeter, Cavern Club 16thLondon, Camden Assembly 17thSt. Albans, The Horn 19thBrighton, The Green Door Store 20thSouthampton, Joiners 24thZurich, Werk 21 25thNyon, La Paranthese 27thMunich, Folks! Club 28thVienna, Arena 30thBerlin, Auster Club 31stHamburg, Hafenklang
Forestlive - Every summer The Forestry Commission put on good variety of concerts at various Arboretums across the country, click the below image to see what has been confirmed so far for 2019.
Bristol, Skyline Series - a brand new series of outdoor concerts coming to Bristol, click the image below for more details.
Of The Month - October 2016 - The Beards
The Beards - Sadly all good things must come to an end and this year see’s everyone’s favourite Australian Bearded rockers The Beards calling it a day, the band who formed back in 2005 have made a career of singing about Beards and in the ten years they have been together as a band they have toured constantly and released 4 studio albums titled ‘The Beards’, ‘Beards, Beards, Beards’, ‘Having A Beard Is The New Not Having A Beard’, ‘The Beards Album’ and also the most recent greatest hits ‘Ten Long Years, One Long Beard’ and every song on these albums is about beards.
Back at the start of the year the band announced that they were calling it a day and frontman Johann Beardraven had this to say “We feel like we've achieved what we set out to achieve through music, everybody now agrees that beards are great, so the time has come for us to rest on our laurels. But not before we go around one last time and say a heartfelt thankyou to everyone who's come out to see us over the years, and especially to everyone who's grown a beard, or adopted a pro-beard attitude.”
The band have spent the majority of the year touring across Australia saying a final farewell to their homebound fans and now the band are currently touring across mainland Europe before saying a final farewell to their UK fans in the middle of October and it is the perfect time to see the band on the live circuit as not only is it a farewell tour but the band will also be playing two jam-packed sets of bearded anthems from their impressive back catalogue, incorporating both the stripped-back acoustic sound that helped them gain radio play in Australia, and the infectious pop-rock that has won them a legion of fans worldwide.
The Beards are much-loved by audiences around the world for their refreshingly original concept, highly-interactive live shows and trademark sense of humour. Don't miss this hugely-entertaining Aussie phenomenon's victory lap of Europe this October.
UK TOUR DATES
Sat 15th Oct: Bristol, Marble Room
Sun 16 Oct 2016: Glasgow, King Tuts
Mon 17 Oct 2016: Manchester, Ruby Lounge
Tue 18 Oct 2016: Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
Wed 19 Oct 2016: London, Scala
The Beards - If Your Dad Doesn't Have A Beard, You've Got Two Beardless Mums
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