Fontaine’s D.C. release their sophomore album ‘A Hero’s Death’ on Friday 31st July. We could say it was long awaited but we’d be lying as it’s barely a year since the release of their highly acclaimed debut ‘Dogrel’. In the intervening 12 month period the band have earned a Mercury Music Prize nomination as well as Album of the Year awards from BBC 6Music & Rough Trade Records. They’ve also appeared on Jimmy Fallon and KEXP in the US and performed a triumphant set at Glastonbury.
Closer to home they played two memorable shows in Manchester; firstly at Gorilla (April, 2019) and then the O2 Ritz (November, 2019). Coming up they have a full UK tour planned for May 2021 and they’ll be playing two nights at Manchester Academy 1 as part of it. They are offering 50 free tickets to NHS staff and Key Workers at each show. As as live force, the band are something to behold…providing that vital energy and connection that’s more important than ever in the current climate. If there’s one act you need to see post-lockdown it’s Fontaines D.C.
As for ‘A Hero’s Death’, it’s more spacious and brooding than their debut but packed with the same acerbic tales of modern life. The title track’s refrain of “life ain’t always empty” feels like a rallying cry to us all to move past the darkness and maximise our potential. And of course the video is pretty great too!