Wednesday 29 June 2022
Irish post-punkers develop further on their sombre expression and have woken up to a big popularity


“I’m gonna be big,” sang Grian Chatten in the opening song on Fontaines D.C.’s debut album Dogrel. It sounded like a prophecy born out of a hard-working stubbornness.

It’s hard to think of an indie act that’s experienced a more astronomical rise to prominence over the last year than Fontaines D.C.

The quintet ran up the stairs of a career two at a time, first playing pubs, then clubs, then theatres – and festivals, of course! Dogrel was nominated for the esteemed Mercury Music Prize and its songs got more airplay on radio stations all over.

The band’s energetic update of the murky post-punk expression has been called “so good that they reset the bar for mainstream indie-rock bands.”

Fontaines D.C. played Roskilde Festival in 2019. Those in attendance experienced a band truly on fire. They brought a nerve to the stage that exploded in raw energy and a solid rock sound.

Fontaines have since been in high demand all over. A touring frenzy brought the band all over the world. It also brought them to their knees. In the wake – or perhaps even in the eye of such a popularity storm, they gazed inwards at their inner turmoil and found an inspiration for a new record.

It only took the Irish lads a little over a year to release their triumphant second album. On A Hero’s Death, the band has turned down the energy a bit in favour of slower, more melodic anthems. They still don’t let much light into their universe. But they have cooked up some effective mantras like “life ain’t always empty” (listen to the title track on A Hero’s Death). It’s not all frowns, you see.

We can’t wait to see Fontaines D.C. back in action at Roskilde Festival. This is a band that lets their music do the talking, often accompanied by frantic strobes that add to the mood. And despite the serious and sombre tone, their gigs are indeed very uplifting! Want a taste? Try this live recording.