Irish indie post-punk rock band, Fontaines D.C. wants to let people know that they don't have a license to speak for Ireland. Now that that's out of the way this exciting band from Dublin has been creating quite a stir on the indie music scene. The band consists of Carlos O'Connell (guitar), Conor Curley (guitar), Conor Deegan III (bass), Tom Coll (drums), and Grian Chattan (vocals).
The band got together in 2017 when they met while attending music college. Lovers of poetry and such writers a Jack Kerouac, Federico Garcia Lorca, Allen Ginsberg, and William Yeats these boys started writing songs and recording pretty quickly after meeting. Their music is post-punk but upon further review, I say it's punk music with some funk mixed in. Listen to A Hero's Death with the bass line's funky chords and singer Grian Chattan's rhythmic vocals or their song, Boys In The Better Land. Those tracks not only rock but have serious rhythm. The band reminds me of both The Sex Pistols and The Clash. The band name supposedly comes from a character in the Godfather movie named Johnny Fontaine and they added the D.C. which stands for Dublin City. They made their debut in 2019 with their album, Dogrel, and received rave reviews as well as being nominated for Album of the Year by the presenters on BBC Radio 6 Music. Then the pandemic hit and everything came to a halt but the band took advantage of that time to record
their follow up album, A Hero's Death which was nominated for Best Rock Album at last year's
Grammy Awards. They have gone through some growing pains during this pandemic but they
came through with some great music. Their new album Skinty Fia will be released on April 22 so be on the lookout for it. The band will be on tour and are set to tour here in the States with their
first show at The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, NJ on April 23rd followed by a show at Brooklyn Steel here in Brooklyn, NY on April 26th. Check out this super-talented band and support independent music and musicians worldwide. Happy listening!
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