FONTAINES D.C. Performing ‘BOYS IN TE BETTER LAND’ At Glastonbury Festival 2019

Awesome live moments

Here are Dublin’s vociferous rockers FONTAINES D.C., one of the most exciting new
bands on the planet, with BOYS IN THE BETTER LAND, one of the top-notch stunners on their smashing debut LP ‘Dogrel, one of the best longplayers of the year, at Glastonbury Festival in the UK this past summer.

“If you’re a rockstar, pornstar, superstar,
doesn’t matter what you are / Get yourself
a good car, get outta here”…

DOGREL LP in full here…

Irish Mean Punk ‘N’ Roll Machine FONTAINES D.C. Inflamed Brussels…

FONTAINES D.C. – Botanique, Brussels – 7 November 2019

Last Thursday was the third time in the past 18 months that Turn Up The Volume lost himself in FONTAINES D.C.‘s intoxicating live hurly-burly. And this non-stop storming
gig was by far the best of the three. The success of their astounding debut LP ‘Dogrel made them tour half of the globe and after a couple of hundred shows since I first saw these sharp-mouthed Irish punk ‘n’ roll globetrotters they have become a real red-hot-blooded, mean machine. Their 45 minutes of adrenalin infused explosion of youthful anger, political and social frustration and sheer rock puissance inflamed our capital
and myself. Incontestable contender for best gig of the year! You bet!

Never heard of them? Here we go

Yesterday’s pics


Manic frontman Grian Chatten in full swing…


Too real for ya?


Looking for the boys in the better land


Full house


Setlist, including two new ones: ‘Heroes Death’ and ‘Lucid Dream’ …

Debut album DOGREL in full…

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Reviews of Turn Up The Volume‘s previous Fontaines experiences: 
Dikmsuide 2019 and Brussels 2018

Irish Garage Steamrollers FONTAINES D.C. Share Video For ‘SHA SHA SHA’ Track Of Their Stunning Debut LP…

Clips that will have an impact on your eyes and your ears…

19 June 2019

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(photo: Turn Up The volume!)

Irish up and coming underground misfits FONTAINES D.C. led by charismatic frontman Grian Chatten released their razzmatazz debut LP ‘Dogrel‘ last April, one of the most awe-inspiring longplayers of 2019 so far. A modern day post punk record about anxiety and apprehension. The band just shared a fresh clip for one of the rather quiet, yet disturbing meditations of the LP. Listen/watch SHA SHA SHA here…

FONTAINES D.C.: Facebook

Young Irish Punk Wolves FONTAINES D.C. Nailed It Big Time On American TV…

3 May 2019


(photo: Turn Up The Volume!)

Young Irish rockers FONTAINES D.C. are, without a shadow of a doubt THE band of
the moment. A couple of weeks ago they dropped their highly adrenalin filled debut LP  Dogrel. A couple of days later Turn Up The Volume! saw the swirling gang playing a hair-raising top gig in the Belgian historic city of Diksmuide (review here) and last night they made their American debut on… TV. On the popular The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon the Irish wolves played two of their best jackhammers. Go berserk right here…

– LIBERTY BELLE –

– BOYS IN THE BETTER LAND –

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Debut LP DOGREL in full…

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FONTAINES D.C.: Facebook –Twitter  

 

Do Believe The Hype! Last Night Dublin’s FONTAINES D.C. Played A Blistering Set In Belgium…

FONTAINES D.C. – 4AD Club, Diksmuide, Belgium – 19 April 2019

The much-lauded and hot-blooded young gang from Dublin, Ireland hit
Belgium to play a blistering gig. Here are 10 things you need to know…

1. Yesterday morning I read about these Irish rockers on music website NME: “You do need to see them ASAP” (full feature here.) As I am an obedient man I immediately went out and witnessed them in our historic World War I village of Diksmuide (but not for the first time, that was last year when they impressed Brussels).

2. This was a rescheduled gig. The band’s November 2018 concert here in this utterly cool 4AD club had to be canceled because singer Grian Chatten was sick. Despite their current, endless night-to-night tour they sacrificed a rare day off to return to Belgium last night and play. Respect!

3. The show started with a smashing rendition of my favorite Fontaines cracker ‘Hurricane Laughter’. Did you ever get that should I stay or should I go feeling after a band/artist began the set with your favorite track. I remember vaguely having had that experience before, but definitely not this time, not with this awesome squad.

4. Charismatic frontman Grian Chatten revealed in a recent interview that his parlando
way of singing was inspired by his uncles shouting at Christmas dinners and their drunk voices sounding commanding and authoritarian. That’s the way to get anybody’s attention. Cool family, Grian!

5. Another thing about Chatten. He’s actually the only member of the band who moves on stage. His non-stop manic steps from left to right and back compensates for his immobile teammates perfectly well. Makes me think suddenly of early Oasis gigs I saw. Nobody, not even Liam moved when performing. Anyway, Fontaines‘ live force strikes you like a sizzling missile, who cares if they move or not. Here’s an idea of their magnetic energy…

6. I bought this t-shirt. My wife said: “It looks like a piece of textile from the 50s.
My reply: “It’s reproduced authenticity from the past.” Yes, life is controlled by
perception… all the time.

7. Two members of the band took charge of selling the merch afterward. Can’t see that happen anymore in the near future as the group will play bigger venues along their way
to glorious fame.

8. D.C. = Dublin City

9. Striking set… list

10. Believe the hype. These young gunslingers rock like an unstoppable steamroller, on record and on stage, and their sociopolitical observations cut like a Swiss knife. Check it
all out on their brand new debut album, called DOGREL right here…

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Picture this


The man in the middle


Fontaines fever


Irish firepower


From the top


Hail hail

(all concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

FONTAINES D.C. Release Another Cut From Debut LP – Here’s Melancholic Beauty ‘ROY’S TUNE’…

Brand new sonic impulses

7 March 2019

So far Irish steaming rockers FONTAINES D.C. made our stream of adrenalin go
apeshit with punkish dynamite on record and on stage. But here’s the first ‘slow’
one, actually a moving semi-ballad, a sad & touching story, a surprisingly tender humdinger called ROY’S TUNE. It’s the third track the band shared from their
long-awaited upcoming debut LP DROGEL. Listen/watch right here..

FONTAINES D.C.: Facebook –Twitter  


Debut album DROGEL out 12 April – all details here

Irish Engine FONTAINES D.C. Release Lead Single Of Debut LP – Here’s ‘BIG’…

Brand new sonic impulses

7 February 2019

Along with Idles and Shame Irish gang FONTAINES D.C. leads the revival of fervent punk rock annex acute social criticism. “It’s more confusing than it was before – there’s just a huge lack of trust in any form of media or narrative voice. No one really believes anything, and what we’re having to do is form some kind of truth for ourselves. I think that anger in modern guitar music is just confusion, in a way” says the band.

Following last year’s release of some blazing debut tracks their first longplayer, titled DOGREL will hit the streets on 12 April. Here’s ahead of it the lead single BIG. A short, speedy and agitated tirade tackling the pressure of ambition. In the accompanying clip
the protagonist is a young kid in the streets of Dublin. ““We felt that great ambition was a sickness, and we got singer Grian’s 11-year next-door neighbour to say it to you all because
he’s got the presence of a hundred frontmen”
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Listen/watch here…

FONTAINES D.C.: Facebook –Twitter  


Debut album DROGEL out 12 April – all details here

Irish Turbine FONTAINES D.C. Going ‘TOO REAL’ On New Rollercoaster Single…

Brand new sonic impulses

12 November 2018


(photo: Deborah Sheedy)

Kick-ass punk rock is still alive and hitting fiercely again. Next to English forces Idles and Shame Irish candid-sharp rockers FONTAINES D.C. are coming up very strong with their sagacious observations, their sonic blitz and fevered anthems. After seeing them live a couple of months ago (review here). I’m totally hooked. Following an already remarkable series of biting and knockout singles here’s another new one, called TOO REAL. A febrile rollercoaster jam with frontman Grian Chatten asking urgently on repeat “Is it too real for ya?“. Another shaking cut! Check the blazing whirlwind and intriguing video clip right here…

TOO REAL out now – stream/buy here

FONTAINES D.C. Facebook –Twitter –  NME interview