This evening we welcomed the release of Fontaines D.C.’s latest single, televised mind. It’s the third single from their second album, ‘A Hero’s Death’, which is set to be released at the end of July. It’s yet another valuable addition to the band’s musical collective.
From start to finish, the instrumentation is captivating. Forcing a grip upon the listener’s attention. The track is full of movement, driven by the excellent use of dynamics. The introduction of the drums, bass, and guitar riffs all at once, for example, is a powerful maneuver (and one that Fontaines D.C. have mastered). The vocals are particularly melodic, further enticing the approval of those who listen.
Recently the band shared how The Prodigy and The Brian Jonestown Massacre were great influences in the creation of the track, more specifically their use of chord progressions that create a ‘droning, hypnotic feel’. As a result, the melodic structure of Televised Mind feels a lot more experimental in comparison to their previous songs.
Of course, you can’t go without touching on the pungent lyricism present. The track homes in on the sobering idea of fading originality and the desire of acceptance. We see a use of repetition within the lyrics creating a realistic reflection on the indoctrination present in modern-day society. It’s like a walk through the city, looking at each individual walking past and seeing them for what they really are, a televised mind. After all, we’ve all fallen victim to the pressures of forced ideology.
The release has further increased the anticipation and excitement regarding the release of ‘A Hero’s Death’ as it presents a broader collection of sonic influences, leaving fans wondering what else the band might be hiding up their sleeves.
Overall, Televised Mind is a track ridden with reality. It’s a reminder of the hidden issues present in all of our lives, and reaffirms the notion that we must strive towards individuality and staying true to ourselves.
Tickets for their UK tour go on sale on Thursday, we’d highly recommend heading down to your nearest venue to catch them live.