- 05 Mar 18
One of the most highly, er, touted Irish bands of the moment, Northern punks TOUTS discuss their blistering live shows, supporting rock icons Paul Weller and Liam Gallagher, having vibrators thrown at them onstage, and their quest for world domination. Informant: Pat Carty
Derry noiseniks TOUTS are on the cusp of something huge. Formed as The Blue Jeans in 2016 by Matthew Crossan (guitar/vocals) and Jason Feenan (drums), momentum built quickly, but when they “decided to have a decent go of it”, a name change was in order.
“I thought it was going to be a lot more hassle than it was,” replies Crossan, “although we did get a few taxi men going, ‘Jesus, that’s some name isn’t it it, hi?’”
The debut single ‘Marty’, the charming tale of their mate and his vibrator, followed promptly. “He wasn’t much of a drinker or a smoker so he’d fuck all to spend his money on. Up North, after you turn 16 you get the E.M.A. (Educational Maintenance Allowance), £30 a week for going to School” laughs Matthew “It goes straight in your bank too” So he bought this monstrosity and started taking it to gigs? “He threw it on stage once and gave Matthew a black eye” according to Jason. The single got picked up by both Radio Foyle and Radio Ulster, “(DJ) Stephen McCauley has his ear to the ground, if there’s a band in Derry, he knows about them” says Luke, although manager Mark reckons Stuart Bailie on Radio Ulster played it first.