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‘A Hero’s Death’

Words: Kieran Cook

Photo: Kieran Cook
“I think my subconscious was trying to tell me that I was not really facing reality properly” says frontman Grian, lamenting Fontaines’ fast-track from inception to stardom as “burning the candle at both ends”.

Fontaines D.C’s sophomore release, “A Heroes’ Death” sees the band following a path of maturation upon meteoric success of their 2019 debut. If “Dogrel” was a Romantic’s reflection on childhood, then “A Heroes’ Death” is a newfound acceptance of adolescence.

Opening the album, “I Don’t Belong” introduces the LP with a sobering tone, a dispassionate guitar riff followed by droning Post-Punk vocals that sets the tone of the project, a recognition of the grey maturity that lies afield. It’s this anagnorisis that structures the album’s journey of maturation.

Followed by songs like “Lucid Dream” and the album’s final single “Televised Mind”, the band delicately balances a tone of dissonance alongside captivating guitar riffs. Although these tracks may be sobering and even dissonant, they do not lack heart. With their rich tone acting as a shelter from the chaos of vigorous touring & drinking shit Guinness.

Truly, the heart of the album lies in its midst. Long gone are the bashful rumblings of “Boys In The Better Land” or the anthemic choruses of “Liberty Belle”, traded instead for the somber ballads of “Oh Such a Spring” & “Sunny”.

Although fans will be happy to see that the 2019 Mercury Prize nominees carry an inkling of the raucous energy of their debut in singles like “Televised Mind” and “A Heroes’ Death”, their sophomore effort is a Romantic memoir to maturity.