Irish band Fontaines D.C. have a new album out on July 31st, barely a year since their debut Dogrel earned them a spot as one of the most acclaimed new bands of 2019. Today they release the title track A Hero's Death along with a video, featuring Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, The Wire, Peaky Blinders).
Singer Grian Chatten has this to say about the song and video:
“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. There’s this balance between sincerity and insincerity as the song goes on and you see that in the music video as well. That’s why there’s a lot of shifting from major key to minor key. 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.”
A Hero's Death
Album out Friday 31 July 2020 through Partisan Records/Liberator Music
Available to pre-order here