- 07 Mar 19
As they get ready to release their debut album Dogrel, Fontaines D.C. share their latest single 'Roy's Tune'.
Following the announcement of their highly-anticipated debut album Dogrel, the band have shared a video for their new single 'Roy's Tune'. Less urgent and more reflective than their last single 'Big', 'Roy's Tune' is perhaps Fontaines' most touching release yet, both lyrically and musically.
The accompanying video, directed by Liam Papadachi and featuring IFTA (Irish Film and Television Academy) award-winning actor Dafhyd Flynn, is a quiet and soulful portrayal of a day in the life of a young family, struggling to make ends meet, and coming to terms with how their lives have now changed after the birth of their baby girl. It's a poignant and gentle ode to perseverance, matching the lament and hopeful optimism of the single.
Speaking about the song, guitarist Conor Curley says, "It’s sung to Ireland - from a mindset of frustration, depression, and a loss of innocence.
"I used to work in the service industry, at a small burrito place in Dublin, and I’d walk home at night because I couldn’t afford public transportation. Grian and I didn’t have any money, so we were sharing a double-size bed in the same converted office block. One night on my way home I was walking by The George, which is the biggest gay nightclub in Dublin, and a guy was getting kicked out by the bouncers. He kept yelling at them, “I’m gonna kill you stone dead!,” and that turn of phrase stuck out to me.
"A couple years back the EU awarded Ireland €14 billion in back taxes from Apple, but the government here refuses to do anything with the money out of fear Apple will move their headquarters. They care more about a giant corporation than the people of our country, and all we can do is sit there and take it.
"We wanted this to be a moment of reflection on the album. We included this song with the purpose of showing our intent as a band and as Songwriters from the get go. That we intend to explore whatever emotions or ideas we see, and not just make 'another post-punk album'."
Alongside the new single, Fontaines D.C. have announced a new Dublin live date for December 2019 at Vicar Street. This will be the band's biggest Irish show to-date and is currently the only Dublin date scheduled for 2019 so far.
Watch the video for 'Roy's Tune' here: