Today Fontaines D.C. have shared a new song and accompanying music video. A live favourite, “Televised Mind” heaves, drones, and churns - a perfect embodiment of the bruised and battered – albeit beautiful – throughline on the band’s forthcoming LP, “A Hero’s Death” (out 31stJuly via Partisan).
Fontaines D.C. 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’re never really given the education of our own fallibility. People feign these great beliefs in order to appear trendy, as opposed to independently arriving at their own thoughts.
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.”
‘A Hero’s Death’ was produced in London by Dan Carey (Black Midi, Bat For Lashes). The band have previously shared other album highlights “I Don’t Belong,” as well as the title track, which features a music video starring Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, The Wire, Peaky Blinders). Watch HERE.
Last week Fontaines D.C. also announced a run of Spring 2021 UK tour dates, including a show at London’s Alexandra Palace on 27thMay, their biggest UK headline show to date. Routing is as follows:
7thMay – Manchester Academy
10thMay – Leicester De Montfort Hall
11thMay – Leeds O2Academy
12thMay – Newcastle O2City Hall
14thMay – Glasgow Barrowland
17thMay – Cambridge Corn Exchange
18thMay – Sheffield O2Academy
20thMay – Birmingham O2Academy
21stMay – Cardiff Great Hall
22ndMay – Bristol O2Academy
24thMay – Bournemouth O2Academy
25thMay – Southampton O2Guildhall
27thMay – London Alexandra Palace
The band’s UK tour will be preceded by a new run of EU headline tour dates set to take place across March and April 2021. Tickets will also be going on sale this Friday at 9AM BST / 10AM CET. Full routing and more info can be found HERE.
‘Dogrel’ debuted Top 10 on the UK album charts, earning Fontaines D.C. a Mercury Prize nomination, #1 Album of the Year positions from BBC 6 Music and Rough Trade, a performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and numerous sold out tours in the UK and abroad – including triumphantly selling out London Brixton Academy in just 1 week. The Guardian (who gave the album 5 stars) praised ‘Dogrel’ as being “brilliant, top to bottom,” The FADER called Fontaines D.C. “One of the most exciting new bands around,” and NME (who also gave ‘Dogrel’ 5 stars) called them “One of guitar music’s most essential new voices.” Watch a clip from their instantly legendary Glastonbury set HERE.