Barely a year since their debut Dogrel made them one of the most acclaimed new bands of 2019, Dublin’s Fontaines D.C. today announced their second album, A Hero’s Death.
It will be released on July 31 via Partisan Records, and promises to be anything but a re-hash of the swaggering energy from their first record, which was my album of the year for 2019.
Instead, according to the PR blurb, the music is patient, confident, and complex – a heady and philosophical take on the modern world and its great uncertainty.
You can hear the album’s title track now, and watch the accompanying music video starring Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, The Wire, Peaky Blinders) that takes the song’s hypnotic intensity and adds a sinister layer of surrealism.
Singer Grian Chatten said: “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.
“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.”
The album art for A Hero’s Death album features a statue of the mythological Irish warrior Cúchulainn which stands in Dublin. The record was made with producer Dan Carey in his London studio.
Dogrel (reviewed here) made it to the Top 10 in the UK album charts, earning Fontaines D.C. a Mercury Prize nomination, and was named #1 Album of the Year by BBC 6 Music and Rough Trade.
Fontaines D.C. plan to tour extensively behind A Hero’s Death, with more details to be announced soon.