- 17 Mar 21
It's been a busy week for the band, who saw their name emblazoned on the new Bohemians FC jersey for charity and a new mural featuring lyrics from their song 'A Hero's Death' painted at the South Bull Wall to celebrate Mother's Day.
Following news that the band are set to open U2's virtual tour date at Colorado with a performance recorded in their hometown last year, Fontaines D.C. have answered some of their fans' burning questions.
Despite missing out on the Grammy Award last Sunday for 'Best Rock Album' to The Strokes' The New Abnormal, the post-punk outfit have confirmed some good news: their third record has been mixed.
The band - who hail from Dublin, Mayo, Monaghan, and Madrid - only released their second album, Grammy-nominated A Hero’s Death last July, just over a year after their equally acclaimed debut Dogrel.
Speaking in a Reddit Q&A, members of the band, comprised of Grian Chatten, Conor Deegan III, Conor Curley, Tom Coll and Carlos O'Connell, answered a range of queries from their followers.
"We just finished mixing the next record last week, sounding really great," bassist Conor Deegan said.
"It's funny because we were so swept up with touring when we were writing a hero's death, I think we only got a sense of what that record really is now. But with this one we were really well rested and present mentally for writing it, so the music really reflects that. Can't wait to put it out, it's a good one."
"I honestly don't think we've ever felt so confident about a record before," Deegan adds. "It's pretty '90s but also kind of Post Malone."
When asked about the experience of competing against New York veteran rockers The Strokes for 'Best Rock Album', the musician quipped that it felt "quasi-spiritual - like Mayo playing Dublin in the All-Ireland".
When asked about the rising slew of Irish musical talent, the outfit platformed the likes of Kojaque, Denise Chaila, Altered Hours, Just Mustard, Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra, Turnstiles, NewDad and Kneecap.
The bassist also referenced his favourite lyrics from Fontaines D.C.'s two-record catalogue thus far.
"My favourite lyric of Grian's is 'You're not alive until you start kicking'. I just think that has that snare shot at the start of 'like a rolling stone' by Bob Dylan energy, and I love that. My favourite lyric of my own on our records is 'but we'll never truly be, we trip along disaster the whirlwind of the free'. Always brings me back to walking up North Great George's Street on the way home from garage bar, drunk and romantic and reading existentialism for the first time."
Reddit fans also dived deep into the importance of Irish culture for the band, whose penchant for the nation's poets and artists is often reflected in their lyrics.
"Irish culture has been battered from either side from America and the UK for a long time, and our language slowly dying by our side really depresses me," Conor Deegan said.
"It feels really important to keep our culture alive in the ways we can, by singing our songs, and saying phrases that don't align to the the norms of the English we were taught in school. We can communicate who we are even if it's in small ways like that, and if we can add to keeping that spirit alive - even in our own small way - then I think it's one of the most worthwhile things we could do."
The five-piece are "dying to get out on the road again", but stated that the time off has given the band some decent perspective on where they intend to go with their music.
We can't wait to hear what they pull out of the bag for Album Number Three.
Fans can tune in on March 25th to see 'U2: Live At Red Rocks' (recorded on June 5th, 1983) at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado on U2’s War Tour, with Fontaines D.C. opening the virtual gig from Dublin.