Fontaines DC announce new album A Hero’s Death, share title single

With a music video starring Aidan Gillen.

Fontaines D.C.

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Dublin punks Fontaines D.C. have announced their second album, and shared title track as its first single.

The music video for A Heroes Death stars none other than Aiden Gillen, performing the role of a talk show host interviewing Fontaines themselves. Take a look at the video below:

Frontman Grian Chatten has described the song as “a list of rules for the self, 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.

“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 announcement follows the news from last year that recording for the LP had wrapped up, with the band revealing that the Beach Boys had been a large influence on the songs, alongside the impact of the success of their first album, Dogrel. “The record feels like a dream that sometimes goes into nightmares and fairytales,” said Chatten of A Hero’s Death. “It’s been a very up-and-down year. There’s been no time for any break, so it’s been madness at times and we’ve felt quite lost. But it’s been magical as well.”

A Hero’s Death will arrive on 31 July this year. Take a look at the full tracklist for below.

  1. I Don’t Belong
  2. Love Is The Main Thing
  3. Televised Mind
  4. A Lucid Dream
  5. You Said
  6. Oh Such A Spring
  7. A Hero’s Death
  8. Living In America
  9. I Was Not Born
  10. Sunny
  11. No

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