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