It’s far too easy to compare Touts, or indeed any punk band from Northern Ireland, to The Undertones or Stiff Little Fingers. That it happens is an inevitability.
They’re a punk band – of course they’re going to sound like other punk bands. Actually, the comparison to SLF is a pretty good one as they convey the same viscerality and raw edge to their sound. Moreover, while things were really bad in SLF’s pomp, Northern Ireland has a unique set of problems to face now – the gutting of public service jobs, the uncertainty over the future of the border, the withdrawal of EU funds, the collapse of the power-sharing government prime among them.
Sold Out, the Derry trio’s debut single, addresses “dwindling career opportunities, materialism, and just general grimness of a lot of places nowadays” and it’s 103 seconds of raw aggression with no little ability, despite their claim that they comprise “A singer that can’t sing, a mod that can’t play bass and a drummer that can’t see”.
A debut EP is slated for a May release. The early promise is setting hopes high. Let’s hope they can match them.
Sold Out is out now on Hometown Recods. Follow @toutsband