Performing their own take on rock music, Fangclub is a three-piece band that first got going in 2013. Sometimes labelled as an alternative rock band and sometimes referred to as grunge artists, Fangclub is from the Rush area of Dublin County in the Republic of Ireland. The group is made up of Steven King, who plays the electric guitar and provides the lead vocals, alongside Kevin Keane, a bassist, and Dara Coleman, the band's drummer.
After a few years playing local gigs and picking up a following in the Dublin area, the band signed a deal with Vertigo, a UK-based subsidiary of the Phonogram record label. The band's eponymous album reached number five in the Irish charts, something of an achievement for a debut LP. Launched in August 2017, the album was made available for digital download and in CD format.
Fangclub's critical reception
Since they first got going, Keane, Coleman and King have won many plaudits for their tight playing and often frenetic rock style. According to the Irish version of the Joe website, Fangclub 'bring the rage' that young audiences are seeking, claiming that the trio offers an 'awful lot of noise', considering the number of members of the group. Hot Press said that Fangclub offered catchy pop hooks that Brian Wilson – of the Beach Boys – would have been proud of. The Irish Mirror claimed that the group constitutes a band that is bringing back guitar-laden riffs into fashion almost single-handedly. Overall, music critics on both sides of the Irish Sea have praised the band's songwriting ability, which offers infectious melodies as well as thoughtfully put together harmonic structures.
Although their breakthrough moment definitely came when Fangclub's smash hit debut album came out, they had shown previous signs of potential mainstream commercial success. In 2016, the band put out a well received EP called Bullet Head. As well as the title track, the work included other strong songs such as “Young Blood”, “Loner” and the powerful “Role Models”. Later in 2016, a further EP made its way into the public domain. Coma Happy featured four tracks, including “Dreamcatcher”, which would also be included in the album of the following year.
The tracks on the two EPs of 2016 were varied in style, without sounding as if they did not belong together. Drawing favourable comparisons with the likes of Nirvana and Foo Fighters, there was enough to please a wide range of rock music fans while the band were still forming a coherent body of work. As interest in the band's recording work has grown, so has the size of crowds they have drawn to their often boisterous gigs.
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