Teenage Fanclub don’t have anything to prove.
With 30 years of grit, the Scottish band has spent their career releasing consistently stellar power pop that recalls Big Star and the psychedelia of the British Invasion.
Emerging from the C86 scene after the breakthrough success of 1991’s Bandwagonesque (which recently saw a reinterpretation from Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard), the group has had a bit of an understated impact commercially. Still, their unadulterated sound has drawn a steady fan base of fellow musicians and critics alike.
Opening the 26th year of Noise Pop at the Fillmore, Teenage Fanclub showcased exactly why they have been linchpins of their scene for so long.
Playing songs from their entire back catalog, the band exhibited an untainted exuberance that was matched with their maturity as performers. Lead guitarist Norman Blake even made a joke about the band’s age, telling the crowd huddled in from San Francisco’s cold, rainy night that they only play venues that have defibrillators.
For a band that has been around this long, Teenage Fanclub showcased exactly why they are as dynamic as ever.
Opening the set was Stuart Mclamb’s band, the Love Language. The Raleigh-based band was a compelling addition to the lineup, bringing solid rhythms, sweet melodies, and guitar pop to the stage.