Fontaines D.C.

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Fontaines D.C. released Dogrel last year and I played the living snot out of that album. The Irish quintet’s brand of punk really got under my skin. Thankfully, I’ll have a whole set of new tunes to get under my skin come July via the fine folks at Partisan Records. Here’s some more info from the label.

Arriving battered and bruised – albeit beautiful – the album is anything but a re-hash of the swaggering energy from their first record. Instead the music is patient, confident, and complex – full of heady and philosophical takes on the modern world and its great uncertainty.

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Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel (album review)

by Woody on April 15, 2019


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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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Fontaines D.C. announce Dogrel for 4/12/19

by Woody on February 14, 2019


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I first posted about Ireland’s Fontaines D.C. last November and I have been playing them incessantly since. They’ve finally announced their debut LP for 4/19 via the fine folks at Partisan Records. Here’s an interesting passage via Partisan’s site.

one word has kept resurfacing in their characteristically eloquent yet direct interviews: authenticity. “I think there’s an authenticity to what we do, and people have been starved of authenticity for too long,” Grian Chatten (vocals) said in one early Irish radio encounter. Not youthful bravado, but a truthful reflection of the shared code that has guided these five young best friends thus far, with what has occasionally seemed a preternatural combination of insouciance and self-belief. This commitment to the authentic, in their music and in each other, is key to understanding the Fontaines D.C. aesthetic.

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Partisan’s newest addition are an Irish quintet that knows how to make quite the racket. Fontaines D.C. are getting their debut ready for 2019 and will be making a visit to SXSW to get your blood pumping. The track below reminds me a bit of Cloud Nothings. Dig in.

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