- 20 Oct 17
Everything about Fontaines is authentically Dublin, from the accents and the songs, to the passions and inspirations. They chat about punk, poetry, and embracing their own voice.
Had they not received an offer from Dublin promoter Trev Dietz to play a gig at Workman’s a year and a half ago, Fontaines might never have ended up sitting down for a chat with your Hot Press interviewer. After months of going nowhere, it took one gig to set them back on the path that would lead to them being one of the most exciting, and authentic, Irish bands to emerge on the scene in a long time.
“I was going out of my mind,” says frontman Grain Chatten. “We hadn’t done a thing as a band for a long time. There was some asbestos in the house I was living in and I kept telling everyone I was losing my voice and that’s why I couldn’t play. In reality, I was going out every night and getting drunk. I just wasn’t in the right headspace.
“We hadn’t gigged for about six months. Then we got offered a gig from Trev and I initially declined, because I was going nuts in my own company and didn’t want to see anyone. I thought I was gonna come out of this solitary confinement one day with the next Abbey Road. Then Tom, our drummer, turned round and said seriously to me, ‘Man if we don’t take this gig, it’s gonna be six months since we last played live.” So we decided to play it. We practiced really hard for weeks and wrote a load of material. Then by the time it came round we realised we had a set of fantastic songs. We went out and played a great set and from there, it just blew up in our minds.”