“Grunge ain't dead, it just doesn't want to be your friend ..." It says repeatedly at the back of the Fangclub T-shirt. These guys totally get it! Something I had noticed before when I just caught their last two songs as support act for The Smashing Pumpkins (in the Ziggo Dome last June). So much energy! I had to see them again. So I did last night. At a small venue, called Cinetol in Amsterdam, Fangclub set the roof on fire. A reincarnation of all grunge bands with catchy riffs and punk influences of Nirvana, heavy bass lines of Alice in Chains and the uplifting drums of The Smashing Pumpkins. And yet their sound is unique. The singer also has his own unique voice, resembling Cobain’s voice just a tiny bit.
They proudly told about their performances as a support act for Metallica and The Smashing Pumpkins. According to the singer, Billy and James are not at all distant and "private" as they were often portrayed in the media. They were really nice and, in the absence of an own dressing room, TSP had one specially made for the Fangclub in the Ziggo Dome. The Fangclub guys are really nice blokes too by the way. After the performance, the guitarist, Ed, came to us of his own accord to thank us for watching their performance and introduced himself with great manner. Dressed in an orange T-shirt, especially for this show. They just love The Netherlands and "AmsterGodDam" as the singer joked around.
Ed enthusiastically chatted about their roller coaster in the past few months and that he even saw Billy and James backstage composing new songs. And he was worried about getting the ‘holiday blues’ after this exciting tour. "What am I going to do when I am back home?" He wondered. "Write some new music!" I heard myself saying, way too enthusiastic and maybe way too pushy. I said thanks to the singer for their awesome performance and finally got a look at his friendly face that he kept hidden behind his half-long hair, ala Cobain, throughout the performance.
P.s.: This morning they played an accoustic session at KINK Radio, check it out!:
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