Fontaines D.C – A Hero’s Death

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The band have dubbed the song “a list of rules for the self” – Photo Credit: Fontaines D.C facebook page

Punk lovers can rejoice, between all of the hazy pandemic news and isolation blues Fontaines D.C have released their new single ‘A Hero’s Death’. Teasing fans with a taste of their new album which is due for release on the 31st of July.

A quick turnaround from their 2019 LP ‘Dogrel’, their new single doesn’t differ much but reeks of potential. The Irish five-piece continually serve us those speak easy irish vocals we adore, providing us with bursts of energy sandwiched between a heavy riff and quick drumbeats.

It kicks off upbeat, with Chattens “Life aint always empty” mantra repeating amidst poetic and encouraging lyrics “Don’t give up too quick” and “Sink as far down as you can be pulled” all rising into a post punk rock chatter. Enthusiasm and charisma can be seen throughout; the energy doesn’t simply stop at the instruments as prattling vocals keep up the pace, each verse breaking up the lyrical chant as the song sinks deeper.

When talking about the single, frontman Grian Chatten noted “with repetition comes different meanings, that’s what happens to mantras when you test them over and over”.

The turn in atmosphere can also be seen in their accompanying video. Staring actor Aidan Gillen (also known as game of thrones Littlefinger), as a chirpy talk show host battling his own inner demons.  

Pre-pandemic saw the lads play their headline tour across the UK, with 2020 taking an unexpected turn it’s guaranteed we’ll be seeing plenty of them in 2021.

Their potential is never-ending and it’s exciting to see where the lads are going, I’ll certainly be sticking around for the ride.  

Published by IDLE

Journalism and Media MA student at Newcastle University. Avid writer and journalist. Currently reporting for Jesmond Local.

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