With a new album titled Songs From Northern Britain due this summer that
we're told sounds "very Byrds-ish," it's only appropriate then that the Fanclub
will serve as one-time Byrds leader Roger McGuinn's backing band on two Glasgow
club dates in early June.
But don't jump to any conclusions. "The promoter
put all that together," said Camilla McGuinn, wife and manager of Roger
McGuinn. "It wasn't like we heard their music and said, 'Wow, let's do it!' I
wish I could say it was that wonderful."
The performances will revolve
around McGuinn's most recent album, the autobiographical Live From
The new Fanclub album is characterized as "very Americana,"
according to a source who has heard it., comparing the album to work by Wilco.
"It's a very summery, very poppy, melodic record."
Teenage Fanclub have
always had a liking for country-rock. 1995's Grand Prix drew Byrds
comparisons, while its predecessor Thirteen (1993) included an
instrumental named after the Byrds' Gene Clark. Prior to that, the group
covered Gram Parsons' (Flying Burrito Brothers, Byrds) "Older
Songs From Northern Britain is slated for release in late
July or early August. Included on the 12-song album are: "Start Again," "Ain't
That Enough," "I Can't Feel My Soul," "I Don't Want Control Of You," "Planets,"
"It's A Bad World," "Take The Long Way 'Round," "Winter," "I Don't Care,"
"Mount Everest," "Your Love Is The Place Where I Come From," and "Speed Of