Teenage Fanclub has undergone some changes in the past year. (Courtesy Donald Milne)

Teenage Fanclub has undergone some changes in the past year. (Courtesy Donald Milne)

With new lineup, Teenage Fanclub opens Noise Pop

When jangly Scottish outfit Teenage Fanclub opens Noise Pop festivities in The City this week, it’s technically celebrating its 30th anniversary, but not really pushing new product. But there have been a couple of noticeable lineup changes: founding bassist Gerard Love quit the group, citing the rigorous demands of constant world touring, at which point band keyboardist Dave McGowan switched to bass, paving the way for new Welsh keyboardist Euros Childs of Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci renown. It was all amicable, says guitarist Raymond McGinley: “We’ve known Euros for a long time, and we always liked him, just liked hanging out with him. And when the Gerry thing happened, what we didn’t want to think was, ‘Let’s find a new Gerry.’ We didn’t want some new pastiche version of him.”

Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard recently recorded an entire cover version of your catalog classic “Bandwagonesque.” Have you heard it?

I’ve listened to some of it, but not all of it. Oddly enough, it felt sort of narcissistic to hear it all. But I heard a couple of things, and what I liked about it was that it sounded completely different to what we did. Ben did his own thing, and it’s nothing like the original record. So just see it as a massive compliment for someone to do something like that. It was really flattering, because we never take for granted, on any given day, that anyone would be that interested in what we’re doing. Most people don’t bother to tell you that they think you’re great.

Any other surprising pats on the back?

Sometimes there are strange things, like this time we were all in a bar on the Jersey shore, this beer and crab joint near our hotel. We were opening this huge tour for Weezer then, and when someone there asked what we did, we said we were touring with Weezer. And the guy goes, “Huh? Wheeze who now? Is that you?” And we said, “No, we play in this other little band called Teenage Fanclub.” And the bar got quiet, then all the guys there went, “F—– hell! We love you guys!” They all knew our music, just not what we looked like.

Is it true that you tried to convince Gerry to stay, all the way through Creation’s reissue of your back catalog last year?

For six months, we tried to explain to him that this is what we do, we have to tour. We were offered Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and then Japan, but Gerry didn’t want to do it while we did. So eventually, it was like, “Well, I guess that’s that.” We were pragmatists, once we crossed that Rubicon.

IF YOU GO
Teenage Fanclub
Where: Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.
When: 8 p.m. Feb. 25
Tickets: $27 to $58
Contact: (415) 346-6000, www.livenation.com

BandwagonesqueBen GibbardDave McGowanEuros ChildsNoise PopPop MusicRaymond McGinleyTeenage FanclubWeezer

Just Posted

A collaborative workspace for a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) in Coordinape is pictured at a recent blockchain meet up at Atlas Cafe. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Business without bosses: San Francisco innovators battle bureaucracy with blockchain

‘The next generation will work for three DAOs at the same time’

Plan Bay Area 2050 is an expansive plan guiding the region’s growth and development over the next three decades. The regional plan addresses progressive policy priorities like a universal basic income and a region-wide rent cap, alongside massive new spending on affordable housing and transportation infrastructure. (Shutterstock)
Plan Bay Area 2050: Analyzing an extensive regional plan that covers the next 30 years

Here are the big ticket proposals in the $1.4 trillion proposal

Pregnant women are in the high-risk category currently prioritized for booster shots in San Francisco. (Unai Huizi/Shutterstock)
What pregnant women need to know about COVID and booster shots

Inoculations for immunosuppressed individuals are recommended in the second trimester

Examiner reporter Ben Schneider drives an Arcimoto Fun Utility Vehicle along Beach Street in Fisherman’s Wharf on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Could San Francisco’s tiny tourist cruisers become the cars of the future?

‘Fun Utility Vehicles’ have arrived in The City

Most Read