Derry native three-piece band Touts have released the video for their latest single ‘Asleep’.

The track is embedded in an angsty tone with chasing guitar riffs, thrashing drum beats and vigorous vocals that loom throughout.

“We don't lead structured lives. Sometimes you just have to laugh at how ridiculous things can get. It's just like we're in Grand Theft Auto or a dream. Days just merge into each other and you don't know what the fuck is happening”. – Touts on the track

For more on Touts check out this interview from earlier in the year.

TOUTS 2018 Tour Dates

17/05/18 – The Great Escape – Fender Stage
18/05/18 – The Great Escape – Sticky Mikes
25/05/18 – Belfast – BBC Biggest Weekend 6 Music
26/05/18 – Warrington – Neighbourhood Weekender
07/07/18 – Belfort – Eurockennes Festival
04/08/18 – Bestival – Slacker Stage
23/08/18 – Charlesville – Cabaret Vert
25/08/18 – Reading – Reading Festival
26/08/18 – Leeds – Leeds Festival
27/08/18 – Paris – Les Inrocks Festival

Posted on May 14th, 2018

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“Touts are a three piece band from Derry, Ireland. A singer that can’t sing, a mod that can’t play bass and a drummer that can’t see.”

That is a statement taken from Touts’ bio that the band have, over a short space of time, proven otherwise.

The punk-rock band’s name alone is enough to draw attention, while many may associate touting as the act of buy and selling tickets with the intent to make a profit, for Derry natives Matthew, Jason and Luke the word represents something different and is intrinsically of their hometown.

“In Derry, a tout is like a supergrass,” says Jason. “It is the worst thing you can be. The ultimate insult is to call someone a tout. I remember running around the playground when I was younger and if everyone was calling you a tout you would genuinely be upset by it. I think that is why we picked the name because it was such a heavy word. It’s not quite a curse word but it is such an insult that it hits you to be called it.”

In the last year, Touts have supported with Liam Gallagher, Paul Weller, Blossoms, played Electric Picnic, Other Voices and were one of the nine chosen Irish artists to travel to Texas for the South By Southwest music showcase, to name a few accomplishments that may seem unlikely for a band with a lead singer still attending school.

“When you’re shaking Paul Weller’s hand I think it’s a wee bit difficult to think that nothing is happening, there is that bit of a kick up the arse,” Jason notes. “At the same time, the ultimate thing is just getting on stage and playing.”

Coming from Northern Ireland, that gave life to such bands as The Undertones and Stiff Little Fingers, it may be hard for these boys to avoid comparisons to what has come before them, considering their acquired style of music. But Touts are a band who are aiming to break away from such associations and make their music their own.

“We don’t consciously try to sound like them,” Jason offers. “I think more recently we are trying to make sure that we are not looked at as an Undertones copy. That is not what we want to be. No offence to The Undertones they are one of my favourite bands but we don’t want to be the Derry punk band again.”

When it comes to the songwriting process, Touts take on an approach where every member is included in the process.

“It’s a very easy-going way of writing music where we all go into a room together, it’s not one person who is leading it,” Jason explains. “Matthew will have his guitar part he likes the sound of and Luke will say ‘I wrote these lyrics the other day why don’t we try it’ but when everything goes into the melting pot, we have a white board and we’ll scrap things, change things, add this. It’s fully open where everyone is adding something. I’ve never had an experience like it.”

With releases to date such as ‘Political People’, ‘Sold Out’ and ‘Bombscare’ it’s hard to avoid the notion that politics is a common thread within their music but this is not soley what they are about.

“There are a lot of political changes happening at the minute and part of how we try and figure them out is by writing about them. I think it’s the times that have inspired our songwriting, rather than writing about politics for the sake of writing about politics,” Jason offers. “If we were writing songs at a different time when there was less happening, like during the Celtic Tiger or something, ‘the good old days’ there’s no problems to write about in that sense.”

They may have shown their political side of late but Jason ensures that this is not the only thing that inspires their music.

“We have songs about sex toys in there. We have a song about a fat friend that enjoys Mars bars, even a song like ‘Saturday Night Scumbag’ is about fighting with bouncers on a night out and how rough a night out can be if it goes wrong, it’s not all political.”

Touts may be only beginning to tell their story and represent who they are to the world a year since the band formed but they are already planning on releasing an album.

“We’re working towards it at the minute we will probably do another EP or two maybe a few more singles in preparation but an album is definitely on the cards.”

For now, you can catch them live at The Grand Social on Saturday, March 24th. Tickets priced at €8+ are available now via Ticketmaster.ie.

Posted on March 20th, 2018

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Belfast is the latest city to welcome Other Voices when it lands later this month for a few dats around a three-day programme of music, creativity and technology in conjuction with Digital DNA, the 174 Trust and Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts.

OV Belfast takes place October 26 to 28 with performances at The Other Voices Stage at The Duncairn on the 28th from Beoga, Jealous of the Birds, Picture This, Rosie Carney and Touts. The show will be recorded by Other Voices for broadcast on both BBC and RTE television.

Tickets for The Other Voices Stage will only be available through local media and online competitions, details of which will be announced shortly on Othervoices.ie and at @OtherVoices on Facebook and @OtherVoicesLive on Twitter and Instagram.

The weekend also features featuring

Oct 26 & 27: The Digital DNA Creative Quarter at various venues:

schools, youth and community organisations from across Belfast will come together to take part in four events as part of the Digital DNA Creative Quarter, showcasing the power of community through the mediums of music and technology. These innovative, inclusive events will feature speakers and workshops with some of the biggest names in digital, technology and the creative industries including Catalyst Inc., Techies in Residence and Speed Motion.

Oct 28: The Belfast Edge at The Duncairn

A conference that aims to create discourse and collision of ideas around creativity, culture, technology, education and investment policies, firmly placing creativity at the centre of all policy-making and practice. The Belfast Edge is an extension of Ireland’s Edge, which takes place in Dingle, West Kerry, every year during Other Voices. The line-up of speakers and facilitators will be announced shortly. Tickets are free but registration required.

Other Voices Belfast is made possible by the support and investment of Belfast City Council, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Creative Ireland, BBC Northern Ireland, RTÉ and Tourism Northern Ireland.

Posted on October 12th, 2017

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“A singer that can’t sing, a mod that can’t play bass and a drummer that can’t see.”

That’s how the Derry band Touts, Matthew Crossan, Jason Feenan and Luke McLaughlin like to introduce themselves the their byline.

Of course, the city they hail from his a history of punk with the Undertones the most notable among them. So they have that going for them.

What they also have going for them is a singer who sounds like The Clash’s Joe Strummer to a scary degree.

Just press play on their new two-minute single ‘Sold Out’ and hear the uncanny resemblance as if it’s been beamed to the present with a fiery adolescent power.

Touts have a debut EP coming out on Hometown Records (Ratboy, Rejjie Snow, Yonaka).

Upcoming gigs

Posted on April 4th, 2017

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