Derry three piece Punk band, TOUTS are pleased to announce a headline Belfast show at Voodoo on Thursday, March 21st 2019. Touts released their new EP Analysis Paralysis, on 09 November 2018 and the new track, ‘Can’t Blame Me, which sees bass player Luke McLaughlin assume vocal duties for the first time.
TOUTS a three-piece teenage punk band from Derry, Northern Ireland. The unhinged, angry and visceral teens are Matthew Crossan, Jason Feenan & Luke McLaughlin. ” A singer that can’t sing, A mod that can’t play bass & a drummer that can’t see”.
The toils and tribulations of small-town life is a path well-trodden, but not in the way Touts do it, they’ve dug the path up and set fire to the rubble. Inspired by dodgy politicians, shitty school life and the sort of weekend politics that fries any teenage brain. This results in a set of incendiary two-minute subculture anthems.
“ TOUTS WILL BE SHOT” an all too familiar slogan on the walls of Northern Irelands which preached fear in the hearts of communities has now been reclaimed by three teenagers. Inspired in some ways by their predecessors on the 40th anniversary from punk’s day dot. They’ve harnessed Stiff Little Fingers Jake Burns infamous lyric about an ‘Alternative Ulster’ with a modern interpretation, one that shoots fire at anything that stands in its way be it political or not.
Speaking about Can’t Blame Me, the band explain: “Can’t Blame Me is about that period when an election is creeping up. The media and politicians start their campaigns of fear-mongering, scaring the people, keeping things just the way they like them. It creates unease and everyone falls in line when in fact they should be out demanding a better life, demanding change.”
As well as the aforementioned Can’t Blame Me, the EP also features new songs Rip It Off Me and Go Fuck Yourself, as well as previous single Asleep.