SOLD OUT BY TOUTS

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

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