There’s something incredible about music from Scottish folks. On the surface, it seems like bands like Chvrches, Belle and Sebastian, Frightened Rabbit, and Camera Obscura, share nothing but a homeland. As you closer though, you’ll find that there’s a certain level of sincerity that shines through in their lyrics, their compositions and of course, their brouge-tinged vocal stylings. Teenage Fanclub, despite rising to prominence as a punk band, is no different—they radiate the same sense of kindness and sincerity as their counterparts. I was lucky enough to experience this warmth in person, as the band’s frontmen, Raymond McGinley and Norman Blake, joined me for a cup of coffee before their solid out show at the Paradise in Boston.
Although their most recent records, like 2016’s Here, have made a pivot away from Punk, the quality of their music has remained consistently strong. Raymond and Norman talk to me about the things that have stayed the same in their 30-plus year career, and what has changed in terms of their writing and recording processes as well as their more recent lineup changes.