“A Hero’s Death delivers a chirrupy message of embracing fleeting moments of happiness whilst veiled in the caustic musicality of the Speedy Wunderground graduates.”
WORDS BY ALI GRICE
Cacophonous Irish punk outfit Fontaine’s D.C. are ever the innovators, establishing themselves as the tugboat for loud modern punk in 2019, and soon to be 2020. They are the self-inaugurated King’s of melding socio-political musings with abrasive overwhelming guitarwork and unmatched musicianship. By utilising their neoteric wizardy they’ve amassed a devout global following in the space of a single calendar year, an accolade any new band would weep at. But not Fontaine’s.
Just in time to pique our lockdown media saturated minds, the Dublin City noisemakers have returned to seduce us with another post-punk feast. Their newest single A Hero’s Death delivers a chirrupy message of embracing fleeting moments of happiness whilst veiled in the caustic musicality of the Speedy Wunderground graduates. Arriving just over a year after the seminal stonker Dogrel, A Hero’s Death takes us into a new area of their sound; clashing harmonies float over a spunky riff, before Grian’s staunch poetry spills out over the swelling noise.
“Life ain’t always easy”
Repetitive, but infectiously so.
An accompanying album is slated for release on July 3rd with the same title. If this is the benchmark, I can’t wait for 11 more songs of their token unfiltered punk. However, stepping back from their classical lyricism, the unique meta-narrative behind the final line “That was the year of the sneer now the real thing’s here” paints a picture of a reflective band, reminiscing on their success and tackling this new chapter with an inspired sense of vigour and purpose.
Simultaneously sealing the Dogrel chapter of their existence and now embarking on a proven sea-worthy vessel of success; A Hero’s Death proves once again that Fontaine’s are brilliant and unstoppable.
LISTEN TO A HERO’S DEATH HERE