UPDATE: This contest is now closed, the winner has been notified by email.

Given the string of classic albums that Teenage Fanclub released in the ‘90s, including personal favourites Bandwagonesque, Grand Prix, and Songs from Northern Britain, I was recently surprised to hear that the band’s current tour would be making its Toronto stop at the relatively small Horseshoe Tavern. Not to knock the Horseshoe, where I’ve enjoyed a great many concerts, but could a venue of this size possibly do justice to the enormous chiming guitars and layered vocal harmonies of the Scottish power pop heroes? Honestly, have Toronto music fans forgotten the band whose debut album was chosen by the then-reputable Spin magazine above Nirvana’s Nevermind as their best album of 1991? Obviously, I was quite distressed.

Since that announcement, and with the help of Teenage Fanclub’s new album, Shadows, I’ve calmed down substantially. It’s just something about the perfect pop melodies which the band has thankfully never felt the need to stray from, which forces listeners to abandon any negative feelings they may be harbouring. Lead track ‘Sometimes I Don’t Need to Believe in Anything’ and first single ‘Baby Lee’ remain as charming, effortless, and just plain pleasant as older tracks, such as ‘The Concept’ and ‘Start Again’. In a more positive state of mind, I realize that seeing Teenage Fanclub in such an intimate setting is actually a dream. To misappropriate a Ginger Rogers quote, “there are no small venues, only small bands.” And Teenage Fanclub are no small band.

Courtesy of Collective Concerts, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to see Teenage Fanclub rock the Horseshoe Tavern next Wednesday, September 22. To enter, email contests@cavacool.com with “Teenage Fanclub” in the subject line and your full name somewhere in the body. This contest closes Monday, September 20 at 10pm.


— , September 16, 2010    1 Comment