Today Fontaines D.C. release their highly anticipated second album, A Hero’s Death – out everywhere now via Partisan Records / Liberator Music. Arriving battered and bruised – albeit beautiful – the album is anything but a re-hash of the swaggering energy from their first record Dogrel. Instead, the music is patient, confident, and complex – a heady and philosophical take on the modern world and its great uncertainty.
The album is available across a range of formats, including a limited edition deluxe double vinyl, limited edition stormy blue vinyl, black vinyl, CD & all digital services.
A Hero’s Death includes the recently-shared album highlights: the live favourite, ‘Televised Mind’, the lonely intensity of ‘I Don’t Belong’ and the hypnotic title track, which features a music video starring Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, The Wire, Peaky Blinders).
To record A Hero’s Death, Fontaines D.C. rejoined producer Dan Carey (Black Midi, Bat For Lashes) in his London studio. Together they carved out a more restrained, spectral balladry that runs through a good portion of A Hero’s Death, citing influences from Suicide, The Beach Boys, and Leonard Cohen to others including Beach House, Broadcast, and Lee Hazlewood. With album art featuring a statue of the mythological Irish warrior Cúchulainn that stands in Dublin as a commemoration of the Easter Rising, there are layers to the phrase “A hero’s death.” The album serves as a conscious effort to subvert expectations, to challenge themselves and their listeners, and to sacrifice one identity in order to take on another – one that is fully their own.
The band’s debut album 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.”
A Hero’s Death is out everywhere now and is this week’s Double J Feature Album.
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