DogrelMusic • CD / Vinyl / Digital
Alternative Rock • Indie Rock • Post Punk
02/04/2019, Kevin BURKE
In the aftermath of their recent write-up in Rolling Stone Magazine, Fontaines D.C are hastily reaching for that pedestal of greatness. Set apart from their contemporaries in the modern-musical spectrum by the poetic-genius within their lyrics. While remaining earthly and streetwise, their alternative, post-punk sound blisters and sparkles in the same breath. They remain highly accessible in a market crying out for the edge Fontaines D.C possess.
The irish five-piece walk gracefully under the same flickering street lights as The Radiators, The Blades and even U2. But this is the 21st-century, where homegrown, intelligent-angst fuels the creative passions of Fontaine D.C. Their highly-anticipated debut album-Dogrel, due April 12th, is a well crafted work of eleven-tracks that sizzle from the Dublin alleyways to the speaker systems of the world.
From the opening track-“Big”, the evidence of the poetic foundation is set-
“Dublin in the rain is mine, A pregnant city with a catholic mind”.
At moments Dogrel transcends the urbanite feel, the band has a talent for stirring the human emotions with ever syllable that echoes with precision. The powerful and real delivery of the inner-city accent which rolls from the projected snarl of singer Grian Chatten, keeps the sound rooted and sharp. Whereas on “Too Real” the band immerse themselves in a shoe-gaze juggernaut which rises and falls.
The thundering “Hurricane Laughter” is immediately addictive, it rumbles with a solid direction. A guitar screeches between the bland, half-spoken vocals which give the song a terrifying elegance all of its own. In contrast, a jangle of Rolling Stones-style chord structures launch “Roy’s Tune”. A drawing of breath in a reflective moment, perhaps a necessary break in the density which surrounds it.
Fontaines D.C are in a mode of full assault on “Chequeless Reckless”, it becomes a telling preached-statement on the trappings of life, money and what we perceive as important. With a homage to Dublin City spread throughout the album, meshed into its DNA, it comes fully to the surface on the drum-driven “Liberty Belle” and the astute “Dublin City Sky”. In between these two tracks is the glorious, acoustic striving “Boys In The Better Land”. The culmination of what Fontaines D.C are capable of-the collision of styles which combine, create a unique and inherently modern track.
Maybe the future is not so unwritten after all, as Fontaines D.C contain the right amount of talent, textured with a creative force of poetry and layered with catchy hooks that are both raw and eloquent. The release of Dogrel will send a flare up into the stratosphere of the music world, one which will attract a legion of fans and cast a wide net of influence.
2.Sha Sha Sha
10.Boys In The Better Land
11.Dublin City Sky
Grian Chatten (Vocals)
Conor Deegan III (Bass)
Carlos O'Connell (Guitar)
Conor Curley (Guitar)
Tom Coll (Drums)
FRAGRANCE • Now That I'm Real
PARADE GROUND • Life [Live In Frankfurt]
FAUST PROJECT • Somewhere between the shadows there’s a place called us
VARIOUS ARTISTS • A BRIEF HISTORY OF: THE SPECIALS, SKA AND TWO TONE
VARIOUS ARTISTS • A BRIEF HISTORY OF: KRAUTROCK AND THE GERMAN MUSICAL REVOLUTION
COMBICHRIST • Hate Like Me
UNKNOWN INSTRUCTORS • Unwilling To Explain
REALITY'S DESPAIR • Human Transitions
AUTOGRAMM • What R U Waiting 4?
TINY FIGHTER • Tell Me
Same combination of genres: ALTERNATIVE ROCK + INDIE ROCK + POST PUNK
TWO GALLANTS • We Are Undone
Same genre: ALTERNATIVE ROCK
THE HEAT INC. • EP
THE DEMON RIND • Lonely This Evening
THIRD REALM • The Art of Despair
THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE • DIAMONDS
CLASS M PLANETS • Ravenswood
STEREOSEAT • Heavenly Creatures
KIM GORDON • No Home Record
FUTURE PILOT AKA • Orkestra Digitalis
THE BLACK WATCH • Magic Johnson
RIDE • This Is Not a Safe Place
Same genre: INDIE ROCK
DEF ROBOT • Makers Of Mountains
THIS CAN HURT • Worlds Apart
DAVID J • The Auteur (Redux / The Starlet's Cut) Ft. Rose McGowan
WHERE WE SLEEP • The Desert
THE RECEIPTS • The Receipts
TINY FIGHTER • Tell Me
DRAGON WELDING • Dragon Welding
ERNEST MOON • Ba-Jesus
EVI VINE • Black Light White Dark
THE REACTION • The World Cup Of Lies EP
Same genre: POST PUNK
THE MARS MODEL • Sister Glory / Frozen in Time
STRUGGLER • Wilma (Determinated Protector)
FAUST PROJECT • The Future Comes On Sleeping Pills
THE MARS MODEL • FrancoBelga
RINGFINGER • Pressure
NEW MODEL ARMY • From Here
CABARET VOLTAIRE • Chance Versus Causality
MOONLIGHT MEADOW • Moonlight Meadow
NAIROD YARG • Nairod Yarg
A CERTAIN RATIO • ACR-Box