I remember catching Derry’s Touts, live back in 2017 at a “showcase” all-dayer. Their youthful exuberance and general air of “not giving a fuckness” was a blast of fresh air amidst a cornucopia of careerist plod-rawk on display at that festival. They definitely had something about them. Then the following year, they seemed to disappear.
They return with a new track “Shane McGowan’s New Teeth” and although it hasn’t seen them mellow in terms of their caustic wit or energy it sees them more laser-focused when selecting their targets.
TOUTS’ Matthew Crossan says: “Shane McGowan’s New Teeth is “a simple desultory philippic” against the overlooked absurdity of our modern lives and the seeming inescapable throwaway culture that many of us celebrate.”