After releasing five songs from their upcoming album Endless Arcade, Scottish alternative rock outfit Teenage Fan Club believe they have covered the expanse of their new offering, giving fans the chance to experience the differing sounds on the album by way of representation across all levels.
One of the bands’ two songwriters, Raymond McGinley, sat down with HEAVY to talk about the album and the lengthy process between completion and release.
“Generally what I would say in terms of an album is we’re better at making music than talking about music,” he laughed. “Just as a general caveat before we start talking a lot of crap – but we finished this record just before this whole pandemic thing happened and then we realised it wasn’t gonna be coming out for a little while so we spent a little extra time mixing it and tweaking and polishing things. Our approach to making a record is the same as it was when we started just over 30 years ago. We’re just gonna get some songs together and sit in the studio and do it. We don’t really talk about it to each other or conceptualise it much. We go in and there’s people in the room and we just kind of look at each other and we start playing and it is as simple as that. What comes out is a result of the people involved at the time and the language and ideas and the grand sense of an idea. You don’t make rules for yourself because it gets in the way of making music that makes you feel good. We try to do it in a natural way. It’s always been about musical expression and, like I say, I think we’re better at musical expression than the description of what we do (laughs).”
In the full interview, Raymond runs us through Endless Arcade in greater detail, talks about the five songs released, the over two year gap between the release of the first single and the album, the difference between his songwriting style and that of Norman Blake and more.