August 27 [16:00 EDT] -- Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction.
Teenage Fanclub wrapped up their stateside tour in support of their latest sterling effort, "Songs From Northern Britain," last night in New York City. Their tour, opening for Radiohead, found them enduring some serious, and not so serious, roadside hazards.
First, a late night gasoline fill-up led to total tour bus evacuation.
"I was sound asleep and someone woke me up and said, 'You'll have to get off the bus because someone's poured diesel into the air inlet on the bus,'" vocalist/guitarist Raymond McGuinley told MTV News. "And I was like, 'Huh?'"
Then, en route to Boston, the bus' engine blew up.
"We got a ride in the state trooper's car. I got to sit in the front seat. It was nice," vocalist/guitarist Norman Blake said. "I was operating the radar gun. So that was good fun."
Beginning to sound a little too much like "This Is: Spinal Tap"? At least one audience member
felt the same and shouted out a request for the Tap classic midway through Radiohead's set.
"In Detroit," drummer Paul Quinn chimed in.
Through it all, the band, riding high on the U.K. charts, took the minor setbacks with the same sunny disposition found on its "Songs From Northern Britain." A lush, patiently produced effort, the album's harmonies and rich instrumentation are reminiscent of The Byrds but with a sense of irony and a fuzz box. Like the infectious "Neil Jung" [1MB QuickTime, Live from "Columbia Records Radio Hour"] from 1995's "Grand Prix," the tunes on "Songs" are quintessential Teenage Fanclub, and then some.
So what's next for these sunny lads? Why, the requisite monster music fests back in the U.K., of course, including what McGinley described as "Kind of a joint Scandanavian-Scottish arts crossover thing. One of the other acts is the Swedish Marionette Opera."
"You mean a puppet show?" bassist Gerard Love asked.
"No, the Swedish Marionette Opera," McGinley confirmed.
But, Blake assured the rest of the band, "They're on before us, I checked. They're on before us." [1.4MB QuickTime]
For more on Teenage Fanclub, check out their site at www.teenagefanclub.com.