Watch Fontaines DC announce new album ‘A Hero’s Death’, share title track

Fontaines DC announce new album ‘A Hero’s Death’, share title track
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The Irish band have also shared the title track’s video, which features actor Aidan Gillen.

Fresh from their meteoric rise last year, Fontaines DC have announced plans to release their second album later this summer.

The band, who released their Hyundai Mercury Prize-shortlisted debut ‘Dogrel’ just over a year ago, have confirmed that they’ll follow it with their brand new record ‘A Hero’s Death’ on 31st July.

It’ll be released through Partisan and was once again recorded with producer Dan Carey.

That’s not all: the band have also offered up the record’s title track, alongside a rather clever but creepy video. And who better to have star in such a clip than TV’s most iconically unsettling actor, Aidan Gillen aka Game of Thrones’ Littlefinger.

Speaking of the track itself, frontman Grian Chatten has said: “The song is a list of rules for the self, they’re principles for self-prescribed happiness that can often hang by a thread. It’s ostensibly a positive message, but with repetition comes different meanings, that’s what happens to mantras when you test them over and over. There’s this balance between sincerity and insincerity as the song goes on and you see that in the music video as well. That’s why there’s a lot of shifting from major key to minor key. The idea was influenced by a lot of the advertising I was seeing – the repetitive nature of these uplifting messages that take on a surreal and scary feel the more you see them.

“The title came from a line in a play by Brendan Behan, and I wrote the lyrics during a time where I felt consumed by the need to write something else to alleviate the fear that I would never be able follow up ‘Dogrel.’ But more broadly it’s about the battle between happiness and depression, and the trust issues that can form tied to both of those feelings.”

Watch the video for ‘A Hero’s Death’ below.

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