The band's Raymond McGinley says:
"When we first starting talking about getting songs together for a new album, Norman said, 'I have one ready to go now!'—and that was 'I'm More Inclined.'
"He played it to us, we loved it, and that got us started on the whole thing that became Endless Arcade."
Endless Arcade is the follow-up to the band"s album Here released in 2016, their first UK Top 10 album since 1997.
The new record is quintessential TFC: melodies are equal parts heart-warming and heart-aching, guitars chime and distort, keyboard lines mesh and spiral, harmony-coated choruses burst out like sun on a stormy day.
As the title track suggests, "Don"t be afraid of this endless arcade that is life."
"I think of an endless arcade as a city that you can wander through, with a sense of mystery, an imaginary one that goes on forever…" says Raymond McGinley, one half of the band's songwriters for this album alongside Blake.
"When it came to choosing an album title, it seemed to have something for this collection of songs."
So how did the band set out to explore this Endless Arcade? Raymond:
"The process is much the same as it always has been. In 1989 we went into a studio in Glasgow to make our first LP. Francis starts setting up his drums, the rest of us find our spots around him and off we go.
"Thirty years later Francis is setting up his drums in Clouds Hill Recordings in Hamburg. A few hours later we're recording the first song.
"We don't conceptualise, we don't talk about it, we just do it.
Each of us are thinking our own thoughts, but we don"t do much externalising. We just feel our way into it."
In the 1990s, the band crafted a magnetically heavy yet harmony-rich sound on classic albums such as Bandwagonesque and Grand Prix. And now, decades later they are still producing lasting, quality work with Endless Arcade.
Teenage Fanclub's new album 'Endless Arcade' will be available from 30th April 2021. CLICK HERE to pre-order. The band play Brighton Chalk on 17th April 2022.