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Irish band Fontaines D.C. appear to be the next big post-punk export from the British Isles. They’re set to release their debut album Dogrel on April 12th via Partisan Records, and the five-piece band made their SXSW debut this year with some serious hype behind them. Frontman Grian Chatten doesn’t have a rough, throaty punk roar, but his droney, poetic speak-sing packs just as much of a punch. When he’s not evangelizing in a distinctly Irish tongue, he wanders anxiously around the stage rather than throwing himself around or into the crowd. Tracks like “Boys in the Better Land,” “Too Real” and “Big” were all winners—their gritty social commentary is powerful and their no-frills rock riffs possess a meaty, spring-loaded energy.

This Dublin rock five-piece have garnered a lot of buzz ahead of their debut album Dogrel. They made a big splash at SXSW last month (named as one of the standouts of the festival), The band also recorded a KEXP session in 2018 and are set to tour the states with Idles later this year. It may seem that Fontaines D.C. have suddenly sprung from support slots and small clubs to selling out all venues on their current tour in a short space of time but these lads have been honing their craft for 3 years to reach this pivotal day in their career. Their 3 seven inch singles have paved the way for the release of their debut album, “Dogrel”. Singer, Grian Chatten, stalks the stage, a whirlwind of nervous energy before the band play a note. Ian Curtis comparisons are obvious. On his tiptoes, totally wired, Grian captivates you and you can’t take your eyes off him.

Though they’ve been lumped into the latest British post-punk wave led by Shame and Idles, Fontaines D.C. offer something entirely different. With tunes that span garage rock, surf and post-punk, frontman Grian Chatten spouts literary musings in a distinctly dry, Irish speak-sing. He paints a picture of Dublin that goes far beyond the rain, cobblestone streets and pubs filled with drunkards on every corner. With inspiration from James Joyce, the Beats and Yeats, Chatten bemoans the downfall of culture, which brought life to major cities and their inhabitants, as well as the modern loss of romance and authenticity. Tunes like “Chequeless Reckless” and “Big” have a biting sense of humor and the steadfast courage of a band with nothing to lose and a lot to say.

Over the last year Fontaines D.C. have released four hotly received double A-side singles, all of which were named as singles of the week by Rough Trade, and garnered early support from the likes of Steve Lamacq and others on BBC 6 music, as well as earning feature space from every major Irish and UK publication.

Fontaines D.C. are

Grian Chatten – Vocals
Conor Deegan – Bass
Carlos O’Connell – Guitar
Conor Curley – Guitar
Tom Coll – Drums

They have toured sold-out shows across Ireland, the UK and Europe, and will embark on a full world tour throughout 2019.

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Grian Chatten can’t help but spill words all over the place. His band, Fontaines D.C., blasts out hard-charging post-punk as he fills every available space with conversational blurts that lie somewhere between literary high-mindedness and the rants of a worked-up barfly. “Big,” from the group’s debut album Dogrel, takes less than two minutes to carve out a mantra (“My childhood was small / But I’m gonna be big!”) with a musical mission statement to match: It’s brash and forceful, but with a twinkle in its eye. Fontaines DC are undoubtedly the favourite discovery of 2018. For 2019 they are set to be the band to see at venues and festivals across the land. Taking the best bits of the bands like The Stooges, The Fall, Girl Band and Idles, we’ve already shared the outstanding Chequeless Reckless, and the other side to that single, Boys In The Better Land is another absolute crackerjack of a tune.

If you’re a rock star, porn star, superstar,
Doesn’t matter what you are
Get yourself a good car,
Get out of here

AA-Side ‘Boys In The Better Land / Chequeless Reckless’ via Rough Trade: released on Feb 23rd on 7″ vinyl and digital platforms. Audio Recorded and Mixed in Darklands Audio, Dublin by Daniel Doherty

The third 7″ Single from Dublin’s Fontaines who have now added DC to the end of their name. Chequeless Reckless is one half of a double A-Side single and is a mesmerising cut that’s built on a krautrock rock esque groove but played by punks. The vocals are spoken in a distinctive Irish drawl and sits in between Mark E Smith and Justin from the Vaccines. The other half of the single is Boys in the Better Land which is another golden nugget that has the sound of The Modern Lovers if they’d grown up in Dublin. this band just keep getting better and better.

Band Members
Grian Chatten,
Conor Deegan III,
Carlos O’Connell,
Conor Curley,
Tom Coll,