- 05 May 20
"It’s about the battle between happiness and depression," Grian Chatten says of the Brendan Behan-inspired tune
The day's massive Irish rock 'n' roll news is that Fontaines D.C. have just debuted their turbocharged new single, 'A Hero's Death', on BBC Radio One's Future Sounds With Annie Mac.
It's the title-track from their new album, which follows through Partisan Records on July 31. The accompanying video features Aidan Gillen, a massive fan of the band's, as a wonderfully narcissistic chat show host.
"The song is a list of rules for the self, they’re principles for self-prescribed happiness that can often hang by a thread," singer Grian Chatten reflects. "It’s ostensibly a positive message, but with repetition comes different meanings, that's what happens to mantras when you test them over and over.There’s this balance between sincerity and insincerity as the song goes on and you see that in the music video as well. That’s why there’s a lot of shifting from major key to minor key. The idea was influenced by a lot of the advertising I was seeing – the repetitive nature of these uplifting messages that take on a surreal and scary feel the more you see them.
"The title came from a line in a play by Brendan Behan, and I wrote the lyrics during a time where I felt consumed by the need to write something else to alleviate the fear that I would never be able follow up Dogrel. But more broadly it’s about the battle between happiness and depression, and the trust issues that can form tied to both of those feelings."
We're further told that: "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."
And there's more...
"Arriving battered and bruised - albeit beautiful - the album is anything but a re-hash of the swaggering energy from their first record. Instead, the music is patient, confident, and complex – a heady and philosophical take on the modern world and its great uncertainty."
Lyrically, Grian's on fire with couplets like: "Bring your own two cents/ Never borrow them from someone else/ Buy yourself a flower every hundredth hour/ Throw your hair down from your lonely tower/ And if, and if you find yourself in the family way/ Give the kid more than what you got in your day."
Stay tuned to hotpress.com for Pat Carty's in-depth take on the song, which has us counting down the minutes until July 31!