Fontaines D.C. have shared a new song and accompanying music video. A live favourite, ‘Televised mind’ heaves, drones, and churns – a perfect embodiment of the bruised and battered – albeit beautiful – through line on the band’s forthcoming LP, A Hero’s Death (our Friday 31 July via Partisan Records / Liberator Music).
Fontaines D.C. frontman Grian Chatten says of the song: “This song is about the echo chamber, and how personality gets stripped away by surrounding approval. People’s opinions get reinforced by constant agreement, and we’re robbed of our ability to feel wrong. We’re never really given the education of our own falibility. People feign these great beliefs in order to appear trendy, as opposed to independently arriving at their own thoughts.
We were listening to a lot of The Prodigy and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, sepcifically their song ‘Open Heart Surgery’. I was interested in extrapolating those types of chord progressions and capturing this droning, hypnotic feel. That last line repeated over and over [“What ya all it”] is a buffer expression that people used here in Dublin. It’s sort of like “umm” or “well…” – it’s what people say when they’re distracted.”
A Hero’s Death was producerd in London by Dan Carey (Black Midi, Bat For Lashes). The band have previously shared other album highlights. ‘I Don’t Belong’ as well as the title track, which features a music video starring Aiden Gillen (Games of Thrones, The Wire, Peaky Blinders).
Last week Fontaines D.C. also announced a run of Spring 2021 UK tour dates, including a show at London’s Alexandra Palace on 27th May, their biggest UK headline show to date. The band’s UK tour will be preceded by a new run of EU headline tour dates set to take place across March and April 2021.
The band’s debut album Dogrel Debuted Top 10 on the UK album charts, earning Fontaines D.C. a Mercury Prize nomination, #1 Album of the Year positions from BBC 6 Music and Rough Trade, a performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and numerous sold out tours in the UK and abroad – including triumphantly selling out London Brixton Academy in just 1 week. The Guardian (who gave the album 5 stars) praised Dogrel as being “brillant, top to bottom”, The FADER called Fontaines D.C. “One of the most exciting new bands around.” and NME (who also gave Dogrel 5 stars) called them “One of guitar music’s most essential new voices.”
Due to Covid-19, Fontaines D.C.’s April Australian headline tour has been rescheduled to December. All dates and ticketing information can be found HERE.