Post-punk: Fontaines D.C. Share ‘I Don’t Belong’

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Fontaines D.C. will release their second album A Hero’s Death on 31st July via Partisan Records.

Dublin post-punks Fontaines D.C. has shared the second single from their upcoming sophomore album A Hero’s Death. Titled ‘I Don’t Belong’, the track is a brooding and reflective song that also serves as the album opener.

Calling to mind ’90s Irish alternative rock cult outfit Whipping Boy, the track is in stark contrast to the short, furious punk of ‘Big’ which opened their debut album Dogrel. This, combined with previous single and title track ‘A Hero’s Death’, suggests this new album will be a more restrained and pensive effort than their riotous debut.

A Hero’s Death tracklist:

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

A Hero’s Death artwork:

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If you haven’t already checked out the title track from the album, it is streaming below. It is a life-affirming mantra that takes inspiration, if that’s what you want to call it, from advertising copy.

Vocalist Grian Chatten on the song: “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.”

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