FONTAINES D.C. Cover THE CURE Live In Dublin

Daily electricity to load your batteries

20 March 2022


(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

Young generations covering old generations is not a new thing.
The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan, and other giants did it over and
over again, out of respect and love for what musicians/mentors
did for their careers. And nothing has changed since then.

Young Irish wolves FONTAINES D.C. did it last weekend
on a special St. Patricks Day live show/stream.

They picked a big one from Goth oldies The Cure.
A pearl of a single from their 1987 longplayer
Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me.

Hear Fontaines‘s take on Just Like Heaven

The original cracker…

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Irish Heroes FONTAINES D.C. In Antwerp, Belgium – An Up/Down Rollercoaster

On stage

11 April 2022

Band: FONTAINES D.C.
Who: Fast rising Irish post-punk-rock collective
Where: Trix venue in Antwerp, Belgium
When: 8 April 2022

Ten days ago London‘s ruthless upstarts SHAME played a hot/lukewarm/hot
show in this very same venue where Irish heroes FONTAINES D.C. attracted
1100 fans, enough for a sell-out gig, last Thursday.

After about 20 minutes the high and lows of Shame‘s performance popped up
in my mind. Very familiar with the ups and downs of the Dublin bohemians.

HIGHS

– They played 8 of their thunderous jackhammers (including Chequeless Restless,
Hurricane Laughter
(brilliant), Too Real and Boys In The Better Land.)

– Probably because of performing for larger crowds frontman/songwriter Grian Chatten communicates much more than before with the audience, not that this is so important, but the enthusiastic way he did it worked infectiously.

– Yes they’re Irish but they’re part of the British post-punk rebirth along with young mavericks like Shame, Idles, Black Midi, Black Country New Road, Crows and Squid.

LOWS

– As I said they made the venue explode with 8 thunderous jackhammers,
but the 9 slow to mid-tempo songs (great on record) took out the heat of
the moment too often.

– I saw Fontaines going berserk three times over the past 4 years in small clubs
(max 200 cap.), 40-minute gigs (10 instead of 17 songs), buzzing every single second.
The more famous a band gets the longer their shows get. Mostly, not a good thing.

The singles from their upcoming third LP Skinty Fia (out 22 April)…

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(photos by Turn Up The Volume)

Young Stars FONTAINES D.C. Release Third Mellow-Irish Longplayer ‘SKINTY FIA’

22 April 2022

Band: FONTAINES D.C.
Who: Irish post-punk team
Albums: Drogel (2019) and A Hero’s Death (2020)

New album: SKINTY FIA – 3rd LP
Release: 22 April via Partisan Records

The Guardian (British newspaper) says: “Their third album comes wrapped in a sleeve featuring a nervous-looking deer in the hallway of a home, its title derives from a Gaelic expression of exasperation, and it variously picks at topics of addiction, relationships and
the notion of Irishness as viewed through the lens of the Irish diaspora… Skinty Fia feels more measured and reflective. It boasts few examples of their punky full-pelt approach. Its default rhythmic setting is slow; its guitars feel echoey and cavernous – even shoegaze-y on churning closer Nabokov – rather than urgent and in your face… They boldly embrace a state of confusion.”
Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: After their unbridled introduction to the world with their five-star debut LP, the Fontaines slowed down for a couple of songs on their 2nd full length, and
on the new one the overall atmosphere – musically and lyrically – is moony, mellow and pensive with frontman Grian Chatten becoming a modern-day crooner who touches sensitive hearts, especially Irish ones as this album is about their Irish past/present/future identity in and outside (they never have been away for so long, for some many times) of their beloved country. It takes time to get used to their new approach. But I’m sure it will be worth it in the end.

Singles/clips: Skinty Fia / Roman Holiday / I Love You / Jackie Down The Line

– SKINTY FIA –

– ROMAN HOLIDAY –

– I LOVE YOU –

– JACKIE DOWN THE LINE –

Stream full LP here on Spotify

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(photo by Turn Up The Volume – 8 April 2022 – Antwerp, Belgium)

FONTAINES D.C. Announce Third LP In Four Years And Share Lead Single

New striking strokes

12 January 2022

Band: FONTAINES D.C.
Who: Irish post-punk squad
Albums: Drogel (2019) and A Hero’s Death (2020)

New album: SKINTY FIA – 3rd LP
Release: 22 April via Partisan Records

Skinty Fia is Irish for ‘the damnation of the deer.’ Both the title
and cover art refer to the extinction of the Irish giant deer. The
symbol for a longplayer that meditates on the band’s Irish identity.
It’s the first LP made after all group members moved out of Ireland,
looking back from the outside.

Lead single: JACKIE DOWN THE LINE

A bit Fontaines by (great) numbers although with a more mellow
sound than before. I”m really curious to see what comes next…

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FONTAINES D.C. Share Video For Moody Single ‘ROMAN HOLIDAY’ Off Their Splendid Third LP

For your eyes

With their sublime third LP Skinty Fia rising Irish stars FONTAINES D.C.
went straight to the top of the UK’s album charts last April and will be in
lots of best-albums-of-2022 lists, including mine.

To keep the momentum going they just shared a video for
one of the album’s singles, the moody Roman Holiday reverie.

Roll the tape here…

SKINTY FIA

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FONTAINES D.C. Share Moody Title Track Of Their Forthcoming 3rd Album ‘SKINTY FIA’

New striking strokes

22 March 2022

Band: FONTAINES D.C.
Who: Irish post-punk team
Albums: Drogel (2019) and A Hero’s Death (2020)

New album: SKINTY FIA – 3rd LP
Release: 22 April via Partisan Records

Skinty Fia is Irish for ‘the damnation of the deer.’ Both the title
and cover art refer to the extinction of the Irish giant deer. The
symbol for a longplayer that meditates on the band’s Irish identity.
It’s the first LP made after all group members moved out of Ireland,
looking back from the outside.

Here comes the moody title-track

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Big NME Interview With ‘THE BEST BAND IN THE WORLD

23 April 2022

British music web-magazine-site NME caught up with young Irish stars
FONTAINES D.C. who released their 3rd LP SKINTY FIA, a bold piece of
work, lyracilly and musically (it grows on you with every spin) for a big
interview.

It’s clear for NME. The Dubliners are the best band in the world.

Some quotes from the Q & A

“It’s difficult to stay in touch with Irish culture while you’re not there.
You grapple with guilt”

“People are looking to me for answers. What the fuck do I know?”

“Slowthai has an incendiary quality. His charisma reminds me of Mick Jagger”

“There are some bands who are trying to go head-to-head with world-renowned philosophers. They’re stepping up to a plate that isn’t for them. Just because you’ve written a couple of good albums, doesn’t mean you can skip a whole PhD. That, to me, is completely delusional, and I have no interest in doing that.”

Full interview right here.

The new album on Spotify

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Turn Up The Volume and the frontman of the best band in
the world before they became the best band in the world (2019)

Young Kid Steals The Show When Playing Guitar With Irish Rock Team FONTAINES D.C. Last Weekend

Irish rock team FONTAINES D.C.
knock firmly at the door of global fame
after 3 excellent albums.

Last weekend they hit the stage at the 2022 edition of
the Reading/Leeds Festival in the UK.

The coolest moment of the show was when the band invited
a young fan, who was in front of the stage holding up a sign
asking to join the band on stage, to play guitar on their speedy
stunner Boys In The Better Land. The kid will feel like a boy in
the better land forever.

Here’s his audacious performance.

F-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c!

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