‘…Fontaines D.C. have emerged frontrunners in an already crowded field of vital, important young bands. A Hero’s Death is a resounding victory.’ – Q Magazine (UK), 5/5 stars
‘In aiming to examine the self rather than please others, Fontaines D.C. have exerted a knack for writing anthems that are at once self-excoriating and intimately relatable.’ – NME, 4/5 stars
‘If Dogrel showed that they can be big, then A Hero’s Death shows that they can be whatever the hell they want.’– Stereogum, Album Of The Week
‘A Hero’s Death just confirms what we’ve known all along: Fontaines D.C. intend to become one of the greatest rock bands of all time, and they don’t mind doing it the hard way.’– The Line of Best Fit, 8.5/10
‘Subversive, non-conformist and melodious, this record has the credentials of a classic rock and roll album. The decision to take a radical approach only works for the few, the possession of ammunition that’s needed to master such a challenge is not for anyone. Fontaines D.C. have it, and it seems as though they are only just scratching the surface of what’s to come…’ – Clash, 9/10
Today Fontaines D.C. release their highly anticipated second album, A Hero’s Death – out everywhere now via Partisan Records / Liberator Music. Arriving battered and bruised – albeit beautiful – the album is anything but a re-hash of the swaggering energy from their first record ‘Dogrel’. Instead, the music is patient, confident, and complex – a heady and philosophical take on the modern world and its great uncertainty.
The album is available across a range of formats, including a limited edition deluxe double vinyl, limited edition stormy blue vinyl, black vinyl, CD & all digital services.
A Hero’s Death includes the recently-shared album highlights: the live favourite, Televised Mind, the lonely intensity of I Don’t Belong and the hypnotic title track, which features a music video starring Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, The Wire, Peaky Blinders).
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.
The band’s debut album ‘Dogrel’ debuted Top 10 on the UK album charts, earning Fontaines D.C. a Mercury Prize nomination, #1 Album of the Year positions from BBC 6 Music and Rough Trade, a performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and numerous sold out tours in the UK and abroad – including triumphantly selling out London Brixton Academy in just 1 week. The Guardian (who gave the album 5 stars) praised ‘Dogrel’ as being “brilliant, top to bottom,” The FADER called Fontaines D.C. “One of the most exciting new bands around,” and NME (who also gave ‘Dogrel’ 5 stars) called them “One of guitar music’s most essential new voices.”
‘A Hero’s Death’ is out everywhere now and is this week’s Double J Feature Album.
‘A Hero’s Death’
Album out now through Partisan Records/Liberator Music
Available to buy/stream here
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