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NME have recently stated that "Fangclub are a fully formed thrash pop monster, melodic, frenzied and phenomenal". Fangclub took a D.I.Y. approach to their burgeoning career by packing themselves off to a house in a coastal village in Kerry to record over 25 tracks. While on one of their first DIY tours, with the band still sleeping in their van, they came to the attention of Universal Music's Irish team. Suitably impressed that Fangclub had already recorded two EPs, not to mention their debut album, Universal signed the band in March 2015. Largely comprising songs from their original D.I.Y. efforts, their second EP, “Coma Happy”, appeared in 2016. Fangclub made their U.K. live debut in 2016 with Welsh group Pretty Vicious, and toured with Twin Atlantic. The album was released in 2017 with Vertigo & Virgin EMI Records to glowing reviews with the band themselves calling it “A love letter to our favourite bands". The self-titled album was chock-full of raw yet melodic tracks that took their cue from the loud/quiet aesthetic of Pixies. It charted at no.5 and received a nomination for Choice Prize Album Of The Year.
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