A Hero’s Death – The Latest Single From Fontaines D.C.

On the 5th of May, Dublin band Fontaines D.C released their latest single, A Hero’s Death. The track has already received an unprecedented amount of praise whilst fuelling a frenzy of interest and anticipation for their next studio album (A Hero’s Death) which will be released on the 31st of July.

A Hero’s Death is soaked in repetitive mantras, all of which share the same familiar sense of realness that Fontaines D.C. portray so effectively. There’s an air of demand created in the delivery of the lyrics as the track acts as a harsh reality check. It depicts what lead singer Grian Chatten describes as the ‘principles for self-prescribed happiness’ and is certainly further proof of the group’s ability to provoke meaning and independence in the music they create.

The sheer power of this single is impossible to ignore and shows us the band delving into a new territory of sound whilst still maintaining the humbled familiarity of their musical makeup. From the guitar to the vocals, this single has generated a presence of its own due to its explicit form and sonic maturity.

Accompanied by the gritty stance of the instrumentation, the backing vocals are especially prominent within the single, providing a vital layer of melancholic graciousness that is present from start to finish. In addition, the movement created by the drums and bass combined displays their post-punk style perfectly, acting as the backbone of this musically righteous track.

The release has proven rather topical, with lyrics such as ‘life ain’t always empty’ and ‘look forward to a brighter future’ providing a reminder to all that there’s more to life than the current endeavours and the need to remain vigilant, no matter what. It is this ability to connect with the masses that has allowed Fontaines D.C. to create such a storm, they are a band that embraces vulnerability, allowing for a personal relationship between themselves and their listeners.

Watch the music video starring Aiden Gillen here:

Listen to A Hero’s Death Here:

You can pre-order A Hero’s Death on all formats (as well as merch bundles) from https://shop.fontainesdc.com/

The Amazons – Future Dust Expanded Edition Release

Back in May 2019, The Amazons released their second album, Future Dust. Over 7 months later, we’ve been lucky enough to have an expanded edition of the album.

The expanded version includes 3 new releases:

-Mother (Acoustic)

-Heart Of Darkness 

-Howlin

Heart Of Darkness 

Since its release, we’ve been listening to Heart Of Darkness nonstop. It has an extremely fiery attitude, with an immediate and high energy dynamic right from the start. It’s a fitting outlet to expand the album and its universe through. Incorporating previous track titles into the lyrics, such as End Of Wonder, it really does feel like a vital part of the grand finale and the closing of the Future Dust era. 

The vocals really stand out in this track, especially in the verse, as they have quite an emotive demeanor. When building up to the guitar solo at the end of the track, we hear an almost growing of strength and power within the vocals which charges the energy of the song. The bass line is an unsung hero within the track, not only complimenting the rest of the instrumentation but also adding to the dynamic with confidence. Overall, the musical makeup of Heart Of Darkness really is impressive and most certainly combines to create a pretty great song. 

Howlin

Howlin is brazen, the instrumentation is audacious and the lyrics have a sort of parallelism to them. They appear rather intrepid at first, and yet there is an air of tenderness as a result of their contents, its delivery creates an entirely different narrative to the story they verbally contain.  

To expand on its instrumentation, Howlin has an assertive stance which is vital for a good rock track. The drums, whilst not being overpowering, generate the robustness needed to maintain an atmosphere of vigor. In other words, their pounding beats really do power the track forward. 

In addition, the guitar riffs are a key element to the basis of the song, not only accompanying the vocals but also strengthening the punch the song has, with its rich aura making it extremely memorable.

We’ d highly recommend seeing them live if you get the chance, they most certainly do put on a great show. Check out their live show dates and venues here: https://theamazons.co.uk/#live