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Sounds: Fontaines DC // Too Real

Dublin’s Fontaines DC are set to make a big splash next year as they’ve just signed with one of my favorite labels, Partisan Records. Along with the announcement, they’ve also shared a soaring new track entitled, “Too Real”. Brooding guitars slowly set the song in motion followed by a distant wail from singer Grian Chatten which acts as a signal for the band to take flight. “None can pull the passion loose from youth’s ungrateful hands // as it stands, I’m about to make a lot of money”, declares Chatten in his thick Irish drawl as he leads us into a frantic dialogue on the woes of modern life while a sliding guitar weaves around the group. Soon the band takes a more aggressive tone when pulsating drums erupt as Chatten begs the question, “Is it too real for ya?”. Like a long-lost song by The Fall mixed with the shimmering spirit of early-Oasis and a looping breakdown, these boys are prime for a great debut.

I’d been reading a lot of poetry, specifically Preludes by T.S. Eliot — he makes your mind drift off into romanticism, and then quickly snaps it back into reality — and I remember I shot out of my chair and wrote down just the first line (“None can pull the passion loose from youth’s ungrateful hands”). Then when I came to the band with all the rough lyrics, our bassist Diego interpreted it as connecting to the sort of surrealist, idiosyncratic cyclical structure of Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake — where the first line is immediately engaging, you’re dropped right into the story, and then the ending leads right back to the beginning again. That’s something we wanted to capture in the video as well, which begins and ends with a wake scene.

So the circular nature of the song and video reflect the circular nature of the book, but also in a sense the surreal repetition of life. I think something strange happens to your soul when you experience something that you’ve already experienced before. We’re always longing for every step in life to be a new, developmental one. To accept that some things stay the same, something cracks within. That’s where surrealism comes in. The song’s chorus is accusatory, and also we wanted to be able to look people in the eye from on stage and sing this to them. – Grian Chatten

Listen below…

LIVE DATES 2018/19

15 NOV 2018 / UK / Bristol / SWX*
16 NOV 2018 / UK / Portsmouth / Pyramids*
17 NOV 2018 / UK / Leicester / Academy 1*
18 NOV 2018 / UK / Sheffield / The Leadmill*
20 NOV 2018 / UK / Leeds / LUU – Stylus*
21 NOV 2018 / IE / Dublin / Tivoli Variety Theatre*
22 NOV 2018 / FR / Paris / Les Inrocks Festival @ La Gaîté Lyrique
23 NOV 2018 / UK / Newcastle / Newcastle University Union*
24 NOV 2018 / UK / Glasgow / SWG3*
26 NOV 2018 / UK / Norwich / The Waterfront*
27 NOV 2018 / UK / Oxford / Academy 1*
28 NOV 2018 / UK / Birmingham / O2 Institute*
30 NOV 2018 / UK / London / O2 Forum Kentish Town*
05 DEC 2018 / UK / London / The Lexington – SOLD OUT
06 DEC 2018 / UK / Brighton / The Prince Albert – SOLD OUT
07 DEC 2018 / UK / Manchester / Night People – SOLD OUT
09 DEC 2018 / UK / Cardiff / The Moon Club
14 DEC 2018 / IE / Listowel / Mike the Pies
15 DEC 2018 / IE / Galway / Roisin Dubh
21 DEC 2018 / IE / Dublin / The Button Factory – SOLD OUT
12 JAN 2019 / UK / Coventry / Coventry Central Library
13 JAN 2019 / UK / Milton Keynes / The Craufurd Arms
14 JAN 2019 / UK / Southampton / The Joiners
16 JAN 2019 / LU / Luxembourg / De Gudde Wellen
17 JAN 2019 / NL / Groningen / Eurosonic @ Vera
19 JAN 2019 / DE / Dresden / Ostpol
22 JAN 2019 / PL / Kraków / Klub RE
23 JAN 2019 / PL / Warsaw / Poglos
24 JAN 2019 / DE / Berlin / Schokoladen
25 JAN 2019 / DE / Cologne / Club Scheisse
26 JAN 2019 / DE / Hamburg / Molotow
29 JAN 2019 / SE / Stockholm / Obaren
31 JAN 2019 / NO / Oslo / Revolver
01 FEB 2019 / DK / Copenhagen / Ideal Bar
02 FEB 2019 / DK / Aarhus / Tape
05 FEB 2019 / CH / Basel / Kaserne
06 FEB 2019 / CH / Geneva / Antigel Festival
11 APR 2019 / UK / Bristol / Thekla
12 APR 2019 / UK / Leeds / Brudenell Social Club
13 APR 2019 / UK / Manchester / Gorilla
14 APR 2019 / UK / Glasgow / King Tuts
16 APR 2019 / UK / Nottingham / Bodega
17 APR 2019 / UK / London / The Garage
18 APR 2019 / UK / Brighton / The Haunt
06 May 2019 / Richmond, VA / Strange Matter^
08 May 2019 / Albany, NY / The Hollow^
10 May 2019 / Brooklyn, NY / Brooklyn Steel^
11 May 2019 / Washington, DC / Rock & Roll Hotel^
12 May 2019 / Washington, DC / Rock & Roll Hotel^
14 May 2019 / Cleveland, OH / Beachland Ballroom^
16 May 2019 / Kansas City, MO / recordBar^
17 May 2019 / Dallas, TX / The Curtain Club^
18 May 2019 / Austin, TX / Barracuda^
20 May 2019 / Phoenix, AZ / Valley Bar^
21 May 2019 / San Diego CA / Belly Up^
22 May 2019 / Los Angeles, CA / The Fonda^
25 May 2019 / San Francisco, CA / Great American Music Hall^
27 May 2019 / Portland, OR / Wonder Ballroom^
28 May 2019 / Seattle, WA / Neumo’s^

* = supporting Shame
^ = supporting IDLES

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