- 26 Jul 17
Rising stars Touts tell us about their debut EP, reveal why they feel The Dubliners are a punk band, and dish the dirt on the best night of their lives. Spoiler alert: it involved ‘Dancing Queen’ by Abba.
Derry has always been a hotbed of musical talent, and that trend continues with much-talked about trio Touts. Still (sickeningly) in their teens and taking their name from a Northern Irish slang word for snitch/informer (no “rough area” in the six counties is complete without the legend “Touts will be shot!”), they’ve made serious headway in 2017 thus far. With support slots for Liam Gallagher, Kasabian and Paul Weller in the pipeline, you can only expect their profile to grow in the coming months.
“I’m absolutely buzzing, I can’t complain about the way things are going,” beams the band’s singer/guitarist Matthew Crossan. “To go from playing pubs to writing a post on Facebook and actually tagging Paul Weller and Liam Gallagher is just crazy.”
As rosy as Touts’ future looks, their (recent) past was pretty damn sweet too, as in addition to an acclaimed EP, they’ve just played their biggest show to date, supporting Blossoms at Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl.