All hailing from Munster including Limerick, Waterford and Cork, ten-piece funk-pop band Toucan are fast becoming one of the Irish music scene’s most electrifying exports. Made up of ten talented vocal and instrumentalists, Toucan is the funk-laden brainchild of Conor Clancy. In just one year, he and his band have eclipsed over one million streams on Spotify and they’ve just released their latest EP, So Easy To Love You. The Fountain caught up with Conor from the band about the new release and the reception.
TF: You have a new EP out, that must be exciting?
Yes! This is our second release, so we tried to keep doing what we were doing, but also trying out some new sounds as well. Delighted with how it’s all going at the mo!
TF: And what has been the reception been like to So Easy To Love You, can you elaborate on the EP?
I was wondering what the reception would be like, because it’s pretty different to what we’ve released so far, but the reception has been phenomenal. Another Lover was a song we hadn’t even played live before, so it was a totally brand new song for people to hear. The other two are songs we’ve been playing at live shows for a while now, so fans know them by now. But the way they fit together I think works fairly well, and with the reactions we’ve been getting so far I couldn’t be happier with it.
TF: And can we look forward to an LP from you soon?
It’s on the to do list! Not sure when exactly we’d be able to record one, but it’s definitely the next step.
TF: Can we look forward to seeing you live soon, particularly here in Scotland?
You absolutely can! With this new release coming up, we’ve been doing a bunch of shows across Ireland and the UK in November.
TF: And what has been your favourite gig to date?
We’ve done some pretty crazy gigs over the last while, like the Royal Albert Hall in July and opening up in Dublin for Nile Rodgers & CHIC, but I think my favourite gig so far has to be when we played the Theatre Royal in Waterford, where I’m from. The atmosphere was just so nice and homely, the support from everyone back home has really just blown my mind so it was really nice to have a big gig with all those people in the same room.