Teenage Fanclub have announced their next album, Nothing Lasts Forever. The follow-up to 2021’s Endless Arcade arrives September 22 via Merge Records in the US and their own label PeMa in the UK and Europe. Today’s announcement comes with the release of the lead single and opener ‘Foreign Land’, which you can check out below.
“The song is about moving forward, not dwelling on the past,” the band’s Norman Blake said of ‘Foreign Land’ in a press release. “We shot the video in Hamilton Mausoleum, near Glasgow. Given that the album is called Nothing Lasts Forever we thought it would be appropriate to shoot a video inside a tomb”.
“We never talk about what we’re going to do before we start making a record,” Raymond McGinley explained. “We don’t plan much other than the nuts and bolts of where we’re going to record and when. That thing about light was completely accidental; we didn’t realise that until we’d finished half the songs. The record feels reflective, and I think the more we do this thing, the more we become comfortable with going to that place of melancholy, feeling and expressing those feelings.”
Blake added: “These songs are definitely personal. You’re getting older, you’re going into the cupboard getting the black suit out more often. Thoughts of mortality and the idea of the light must have been playing on our minds a lot. The songs on the last record were influenced by the breakup of my marriage. It was cathartic to write those songs. These new songs are reflective of how I’m feeling now, coming out of that period. They’re fairly optimistic, there’s an acceptance of a situation and all of the experience that comes with that acceptance. When we write, it’s a reflection of our lives, which are pretty ordinary. We’re not extraordinary people, and normal people get older. There’s a lot to write about in the mundane. I love reading Raymond Carver. Very often there’s not a lot that happens in those stories, but they speak to lived experience.”
Nothing Lasts Forever Cover Artwork:
Nothing Lasts Forever Tracklist:
1. Foreign Land
2. Tired Of Being Alone
3. I Left A Light On
4. See The Light
5. It’s Alright
6. Falling Into The Sun
8. Middle Of My Mind
9. Back To The Light
10. I Will Love You