Fontaines D.C. have today put out their latest single ‘A Lucid Dream’, the thunderous and apocalyptic highlight off their newly-released second LP A Hero’s Death, along with its accompanying music video.
A Hero’s Death has been one of the best-received albums of 2020 so far, debuting at #2 on the UK charts (behind only Taylor Swift). Far from a re-hash of their swaggering 2019 debut (‘Dogrel’), A Hero’s Death arrived battered and bruised – albeit beautiful, with songs that are patient, confident, and heady takes on the modern world and its great uncertainty.
Fontaines D.C. also recently announced a run of Spring 2021 UK tour dates, including a May 27 show at London’s Alexandra Palace, their biggest UK headline show to date.
Listen to ‘A Lucid Dream’ by Fontaines D.C. on the Official F1 Tracks playlist on Spotify.
To record A Hero’s Death,’ the band 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’ 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.
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