Dublin post-punk band Fontaines D.C. have today shared a new song and accompanying music video as the countdown to their much-anticipated second album gathers pace.

Televised Mind, which is already a live favourite, heaves, drones, and churns – a perfect embodiment of the bruised and battered feel of the forthcoming long player A Hero’s Death, which is due out on 31 July on Partisan Records.

Frontman Grian Chatten says of the song: “This song is about the echo chamber, and how personality gets stripped away by surrounding approval. People’s opinions get reinforced by constant agreement, and we’re robbed of our ability to feel wrong.

“We were listening to a lot of The Prodigy and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, specifically their song Open Heart Surgery. I was interested in extrapolating those types of chord progressions and capturing this droning, hypnotic feel.

“That last line repeated over and over [“What ya call it”] is a buffer expression that people used here in Dublin. It’s sort of like “umm” or “well…” – it’s what people say when they’re distracted.”

The band have previously shared two other tracks from A Hero’s Death, I Don’t Belong, and the title track, whose video stars Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, The Wire, Peaky Blinders).

Last week Fontaines D.C. announced a run of Spring 2021 UK tour dates, including a show at London’s Alexandra Palace on 27 May, their biggest UK headline show to date. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 3 July HERE.

Fontaines D.C.’s debut album Dogrel (reviewed here)was a Top 10 hit in the UK album charts, earned them a Mercury Prize nomination, #1 Album of the Year positions from BBC 6 Music, Rough Trade – as well as being this website’s top album of 2019.

Gary Welford
ipamusic.co.uk owner