Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel (album review)

by Woody on April 15, 2019

photo: Richiejp

During SXSW, I caught two sets by Dublin’s Fontaines D.C. During the first set, they blew out the backline. For the second, we were crammed in a dark, small room at Hotel Vegas. I walked back into the sunlight shaken. Some of my buddies didn’t like it but I loved it. It was fucking intense. Lead singer, Grian Chatten, prowled the stage like a caged lion; half bemused that we were watching him and the other half wanting to rip our heads off (metaphorically speaking of course).

The album is no less intense. By the end of my first spin, I was torn between wanting to punch holes in walls or rocking in corner. This is an album by disillusioned youth for disillusioned youth. And while I am not young, I am getting more disillusioned by the day. From the opening track, Big, it is full speed ahead. Big could come across as some sort of anthem; you know – wait til I grow; you’ll see. But I think they are almost thumbing their nose at that thought. They want you to stay angry, young at heart.

Too Real and Hurricane Laughter follow soon thereafter; both swallowing you up in distorted noise as Chatten just spews what’s on his mind before the tunes climax in a cathartic releases as Chatten bellows the choruses over and over again. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention of the work of guitarists, Conor Curley and Carlos O’Connell, as they absolutely destroy both of these tunes. For that matter, Conor Curley and Tom Coll are not exactly along for the ride. The rhythm section is the propulsion, moving this ship forward; often at unhealthy speeds. Roy’s Tune, sees the boys exasperated as they sing about what makes Ireland special and what makes them batshit angry. The genesis of the track was how Ireland handled the $14B settlement with Apple. The Lotts and the closing track, Dublin City Sky, do a great job of painting them in the city that reared them.

Simply put, this album delivers the goods. It is a must listen.

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