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Self-Titled Debut Album
Set For Release on August 4th 2017
On Vertigo

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, 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 Punktastic have 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' kickstart the thread of noise driven by melody, with the break-neck desert-rock ferocity of Queens Of The Stone Age 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.

The Fangclub sound may be huge, but their attitude and manifesto remain ultimately human. The brimstone of 'Bad Words' and 'Loner' simmer all the more with King's lyrics riddled with self-doubt and boredom, speaking for a generation that could do anything, if only they had something to do. He bares his soul throughout the record, never more so than on the yearning vulnerability of 'Animal Skin' - that timeless tale of a relationship "bleeding me out, letting you in."

"Bands shouldn't be too far removed." Says Coleman. "Like, how can you connect with those old-school hair metal metal on the stage swinging their hips and shit? Keep it real."

Keane on bass laughs: "We're just three big dorks. We'd happily sit in on a Friday night and watch Nicolas Cage films."

And they can map their various nerdy loves onto their own sound. "If we were a Nicolas Cage movie, we'd be 'Gone In 60 Seconds'," says Keane. "That is kind of our mantra". Meanwhile, Coleman suggests that "if we were a Tarantino movie, we'd be 'Reservoir Dogs' - because we strip away everything but it doesn't lose anything as a result. What's there is strong but it's not fanciful with special effects."

Their first proper blockbuster is just around the corner. Recorded and mixed by the band themselves to give a true, 100% Fangclub flavour, King promises "a really raw and powerful, rockin' record."

"People will be surprised by these huge big pop songs and belters - and how we've made everything super heavy," adds King. "It's so fun to hear a record that's got that infectious side but is still so massive and noisy."

From skipping college to the major leagues, 2017 will be the year where these three friends take on the world. Join the Fangclub - that tribe of the geeks and the outsiders, the only punks in town.

Andrew Trendell

"There is little doubt that, if considering brute force and infectious tunes, Fangclub have what it takes to make an impact" - Upset

"A lot of people are going to be falling in love with Fangclub." - mosh.hitthefloor.com

"Bursting with explosively catchy tunes" - Kerrang!

"Destined for mainstream success" - Punktastic

"It's worth getting excited about this trio." - Rock Sound

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  • 06 Oct, 2017

    Fangclub: New Video For 'Animal Skin'

    Fangclub's new video for 'Animal Skin' is premiered in The Independent. See them on tour with SWMRS this week.

    www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/fangclub-unveil-video-for-animal-skin-premiere-tour-dates-swmrs-tickets-a7978716.html

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  • 06 Oct, 2017

    Fangclub: New Video For 'Animal Skin'

    Fangclub's new video for 'Animal Skin' is premiered in The Independent. See them on tour with SWMRS this week.

    www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/fangclub-unveil-video-for-animal-skin-premiere-tour-dates-swmrs-tickets-a7978716.html

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  • 06 Oct, 2017

    Fangclub: New Video For 'Animal Skin'

    Fangclub's new video for 'Animal Skin' is premiered in The Independent. See them on tour with SWMRS this week.

    www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/fangclub-unveil-video-for-animal-skin-premiere-tour-dates-swmrs-tickets-a7978716.html

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  • 05 Aug, 2017

    Fangclub: 'Fangclub' The Album

    Fangclub released their debut self-titled album yesterday on Vertigo. It has received a 5 Star review in the Irish Times & 4 K's in Kerrang.
    Listen to it on Spotify.

    www.fangclubofficial.com

     
  • 05 Aug, 2017

    Fangclub: 'Fangclub' The Album

    Fangclub released their debut self-titled album yesterday on Vertigo. It has received a 5 Star review in the Irish Times & 4 K's in Kerrang.
    Listen to it on Spotify.

    www.fangclubofficial.com

     
  • 05 Aug, 2017

    Fangclub: 'Fangclub' The Album

    Fangclub released their debut self-titled album yesterday on Vertigo. It has received a 5 Star review in the Irish Times & 4 K's in Kerrang.
    Listen to it on Spotify.

    www.fangclubofficial.com

     
  • 05 Aug, 2017

    Fangclub: Five Star Review In The Irish Times

    Fangclub's self-titled debut album receives a 5 Star review in the Irish Times, and is described as one of the best hard rock albums of 2017.

    www.fangclubofficial.com

     
  • 05 Aug, 2017

    Fangclub: Five Star Review In The Irish Times

    Fangclub's self-titled debut album receives a 5 Star review in the Irish Times, and is described as one of the best hard rock albums of 2017.

    www.fangclubofficial.com

     
  • 05 Aug, 2017

    Fangclub: Five Star Review In The Irish Times

    Fangclub's self-titled debut album receives a 5 Star review in the Irish Times, and is described as one of the best hard rock albums of 2017.

    www.fangclubofficial.com

     
  • 25 Nov, 2016

    Fangclub: New Video, EP & Tour Dates

    Fangclub unveil their new video for 'Dream Catcher' from the 'Coma Happy' EP available now on download & 10" vinyl, on Vertigo Records.
    See them on tour with Twin Catcher during December.

    www.fangclubofficial.com

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  • 25 Nov, 2016

    Fangclub: New Video, EP & Tour Dates

    Fangclub unveil their new video for 'Dream Catcher' from the 'Coma Happy' EP available now on download & 10" vinyl, on Vertigo Records.
    See them on tour with Twin Catcher during December.

    www.fangclubofficial.com

    This media uses flash

     
  • 25 Nov, 2016

    Fangclub: New Video, EP & Tour Dates

    Fangclub unveil their new video for 'Dream Catcher' from the 'Coma Happy' EP available now on download & 10" vinyl, on Vertigo Records.
    See them on tour with Twin Catcher during December.

    www.fangclubofficial.com

    This media uses flash

     
  • 22 Jul, 2016

    Fangclub: New Video For 'Loner'

    The three piece from North Co. Dublin announce the release of their second single 'Loner', taken from their debut EP 'Bullet Head'. The Weezer inspired track has been described by the band as a reluctant love song, and a great contrast to their sound.

    May 13th saw the release of their debut EP, which also featured their critically acclaimed first single & title track 'Bullet Head' - a glorious 2min 3sec blast of guitar noise. As well as capturing the frenetic energy of their live shows, the EP also highlights Fangclub's penchant for pop hooks of Beach Boys-ian proportion. "Pop is not a dirty word," Steven laughs. "One of our ambitions is to have Fangclub screaming out of people's radios at full volume!"

    The video for 'Loner', which is also released today, was directed by Irish director Finn Keenan (The Strypes, Catfish & The Bottlemen, The Kooks).
    The performance video takes the mundane, and flips it on its side, showing the weirder creepier side of things. Director Finn states "I wanted to see how weird I could go [with the band], to push it as far as possible, slowly introducing more and more [weird]... it was definitely a collaborate video, which for me is the best kind."

    www.fangclubofficial.com

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  • 22 Jul, 2016

    Fangclub: New Video For 'Loner'

    The three piece from North Co. Dublin announce the release of their second single 'Loner', taken from their debut EP 'Bullet Head'. The Weezer inspired track has been described by the band as a reluctant love song, and a great contrast to their sound.

    May 13th saw the release of their debut EP, which also featured their critically acclaimed first single & title track 'Bullet Head' - a glorious 2min 3sec blast of guitar noise. As well as capturing the frenetic energy of their live shows, the EP also highlights Fangclub's penchant for pop hooks of Beach Boys-ian proportion. "Pop is not a dirty word," Steven laughs. "One of our ambitions is to have Fangclub screaming out of people's radios at full volume!"

    The video for 'Loner', which is also released today, was directed by Irish director Finn Keenan (The Strypes, Catfish & The Bottlemen, The Kooks).
    The performance video takes the mundane, and flips it on its side, showing the weirder creepier side of things. Director Finn states "I wanted to see how weird I could go [with the band], to push it as far as possible, slowly introducing more and more [weird]... it was definitely a collaborate video, which for me is the best kind."

    www.fangclubofficial.com

    This media uses flash

     
  • 22 Jul, 2016

    Fangclub: New Video For 'Loner'

    The three piece from North Co. Dublin announce the release of their second single 'Loner', taken from their debut EP 'Bullet Head'. The Weezer inspired track has been described by the band as a reluctant love song, and a great contrast to their sound.

    May 13th saw the release of their debut EP, which also featured their critically acclaimed first single & title track 'Bullet Head' - a glorious 2min 3sec blast of guitar noise. As well as capturing the frenetic energy of their live shows, the EP also highlights Fangclub's penchant for pop hooks of Beach Boys-ian proportion. "Pop is not a dirty word," Steven laughs. "One of our ambitions is to have Fangclub screaming out of people's radios at full volume!"

    The video for 'Loner', which is also released today, was directed by Irish director Finn Keenan (The Strypes, Catfish & The Bottlemen, The Kooks).
    The performance video takes the mundane, and flips it on its side, showing the weirder creepier side of things. Director Finn states "I wanted to see how weird I could go [with the band], to push it as far as possible, slowly introducing more and more [weird]... it was definitely a collaborate video, which for me is the best kind."

    www.fangclubofficial.com

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