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Monday 15 June 2020

A Hero's Death: Fontaines D.C's Second Coming Arrives Battered Bruised & Beautiful

Barely a year since their debut album Dogrel, Dublin's Fontaines D.C. are set to return with A Hero's Death .. with the title track getting an 'at home' performance on the most recent episode of Later with Jools Holland (spoiler it was one of this decade's seminal moments). 
Credit: Andy Sturmey

Arriving battered and bruised - albeit beautiful - the album (released on 31st July 2020) is anything but a re-hash of the swaggering energy from their first record. 

Instead, the music is patient, confident, and complex – a heady and philosophical take on the modern world and its great uncertainty.

To record A Hero's Death, Fontaines D.C. rejoined producer Dan Carey (Black Midi, Bat For Lashes) in his London studio. 

Together they carved out a more restrained, spectral balladry that runs through a good portion of the album, citing influences from Suicide, The Beach Boys, and Leonard Cohen to others including Beach House, Broadcast, and Lee Hazlewood. 


Singer Grian Chatten has this to say about the song and video:

"The song is a list of rules for the self, they're principles for self-prescribed happiness that can often hang by a thread. 

"It's ostensibly a positive message, but with repetition comes different meanings, that's what happens to mantras when you test them over and over. 

"There's this balance between sincerity and insincerity as the song goes on and you see that in the music video as well.  


"That's why there"s a lot of shifting from major key to minor key. 

"The idea was influenced by a lot of the advertising I was seeing – the repetitive nature of these uplifting messages that take on a surreal and scary feel the more you see them.

"The title came from a line in a play by Brendan Behan, and I wrote the lyrics during a time where I felt consumed by the need to write something else to alleviate the fear that I would never be able follow up 'Dogrel.' 

"But more broadly it's about the battle between happiness and depression, and the trust issues that can form tied to both of those feelings."

With album art featuring a statue of the mythological Irish warrior Cúchulainn that stands in Dublin as a commemoration of the Easter Rising, there are layers to the phrase "A hero's death." 

For the latest on Fontaines D.C. CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley



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