TEENAGE RIOT!

Bassist Gerry Love says the dates will be "on a total showstring, but great fun"...

TEENAGE FANCLUB have announced details of their first headlining dates in North America for over six years.

Bassist Gerry Love, explained that the band, who played to a massive crowd at an over-subscribed second stage at last weekend’s Fleadh festival in London, have kept a low profile in the States largely due to their major labels not knowing how to handle them.

He added: “The last two times we’ve toured in the US it was supporting Radiohead and Weezer, which is great, it’s more like a holiday, but it doesn’t do you much good. You work for 45 minutes a night, it’s easy, but you’re playing to the headliner’s fans, and maybe people that like us don’t get the chance to buy tickets because they’re such a hot ticket.”

He also explained that Teenage Fanclub currently have no plans to release their latest album, ‘Howdy!’ Stateside.

“We are still technically signed to Creation, even though it doesn’t exist any more. Columbia picked us up in the US, but it was hard for them to get a grip of us. I’d rather it didn’t come out on a label as big as that. They can make sense of Ricky Martin and Mariah Carey. I don’t know where we fit in there.”

Gerry added: “Over the last few years there’s been a resurgence in power-pop or guitar-pop, so there might be an underground of people who think, ‘I remember Teenage Fanclub x-years ago,’ and come along to the gigs. But whatever happens, we’re just looking forward to playing America again. It’s on a total shoestring, but it’s always great fun.”

The dates are:

Washington DC, 9.30 Club (July 10)

Philadelphia, venue TBC (11)

New York, The Bowery (12, 13)

Toronto, The Opera House (15)

Chicago, Metro (17)

Los Angeles, The Troubadour (19)

San Francisco, Slims (20, 21)