Attitudewise, Teenage Fanclub is Scotland’s answer to the Pixies–their languid, almost indolent approach to craft and career makes their rising success seem almost inadvertant. Whether, like the Pixies, they’ll hang on to this blase attitude and become annoying remains to be seen. Soundwise, of course, they’re nothing like the Pixies: the pulsing guitars, the effortless melodic articulation, and a lot of the other stuff they do come out of the Big Star Guide to Pop ‘n’ Roll. Fanclub’s trick, however, is to juice the sound up with some lightly recorded guitar washes a la Sonic Youth or even My Bloody Valentine. The combination yields a sort of intellectualized pop froth: it’s fun to think about and probably not bad for you, but it’s a bit too light just the same. The Afghan Whigs open. Saturday, 7:30 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield; 472-0449.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Marty Perez.