I've never heard of them. Seriously, I've never heard of them. They made four hotly received double A-side singles last year which I never knew about and got airplay on Steve Lamacq (which I never heard) and have played sold out shows across Europe which I never attended. Turns out they play snotty indie/post-punk with vocals that seem to sit somewhere between Mark E. Smith and Cathal Coughlan. But what do I know?
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Fontaines D.C. are an Irish band who are soon to be releasing their debut album, ‘Dogrel. It’s a heady blast of post-punk, art-punk, and garage rock. Something I always listen out for in new bands is an authentic voice, and in singer Grian Chatten they have found it both in accent and lyricism. I love hearing accents come out in music and his Irish brogue really lends the songs something. When doing some research on this band, I came upon an article in the NME of all places comparing Fontaines D.C. to Scouse wizards The La’s and it’s a comparison that I can’t shake (even a stopped clock etc...). Both bands share a mercurial frontman, snappy songs, and cyclical song structures; even the drum rhythms often remind me of those amazing BBC sessions The La’s did back in mid-80s. I digress.
Fontaines D.C. are part of a new crop of bands making gutsy, ballsy post-punk but what sets them apart are often the vocals of Chatten. I’d love to see some of the lyrics written down because, from what I have been able to decipher, they’re multi-dimensional and possess very arresting imagery. My favourite song on ‘Dogrel’ has to be ‘Dublin City Sky’. Its meandering progression is clearly indebted to The Pogues but obviously takes some cues from the Irish folk tradition. I would love to hear some more material like this on their next LP. ‘Dogrel’ is a fine effort from a band that are set for big things indeed.
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