I needed that!

Touts debut single gives me that spine tingling rush that SLF and The Undertones debut 7 inches gave me all those years ago but the band is about the here and the now – they sound urgent and they sound 2017 and they sound damn brilliant.

Like a flamethrower three teenage kids from Derry just appeared from nowhere with a killer debut single that has the ripped vocal chord sound and fury of the young SLF and the melodic rush of the Undertones but filtered through their own generational whizz.

Powerful, tune laden and full of thrills this is a totally genius punk rock single full of that classic melodic stuff that always marked out Northern Irish bands.


Debut Single: ‘Sold Out’ – April 4th on Hometown Records


EP: ‘Sickening + Deplorable’

Out in Mid May leading with Political People




TOUTS a three piece teenage punk band from Derry, Northern Ireland. The

unhinged, angry and visceral teens are Matthew Crossan, Jason Feenan & Luke

McLaughlin. ” A singer that can’t sing , A mod that can’t play bass & a drummer that

can’t see”.


The toils and tribulations of small town life is a path well trodden, but not in the way

Touts do it, they’ve dug the path up and set fire to the rubble. Inspired by dodgy

politicians, shitty school life and the sort of weekend politics that fries any teenage

brain. This results in a set of incendiary two minute sub culture anthems.


“ TOUTS WILL BE SHOT” an all to familiar slogan on the walls of Northern Irelands

which preached fear in the hearts of community’s has now been reclaimed by three

teenagers. Inspired in some ways by their predecessors on the 40th anniversary

from punk’s day dot. They’ve harnessed Stiff Little Fingers Jake Burns infamous

lyric about an ‘Alternative Ulster’ with a modern interpretation, one that shoots fire

at anything that stands in its way be it political or not.


The band’s live reputation in Northern Ireland has spread like wild fire and has seen

them sell out venues to masses of kids throughout the province without releasing

any music. There’s a revolution on the dance floor and on the street and they will be

chorused by the debut singles ‘Sold Out’ and ‘Political People’ from Touts.

The kids are pissed off and angry. Touts may well be the band that them and 2017



Tours Dates

8th March w/Blossoms – Belfast: The Limelight

9th March w/Blossoms – Galway: Roisin Dubh

10th March w/Blossoms – Limerick: Dolans

11th March w/Blossoms – Dublin: Academy

26th April – London – Camden Assembly

27th April – Manchester – w/Cabbage

28th April – London

– w /Cabbage


29th April – Headline Show – Derry

May 27th – Liverpool Sound City June 26th – Sea Sessions – Bundoran



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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.



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