Fontaines D.C. – live at Rock Werchter, Belgium – June 22, 2022 – RTBF, Brussels –
Fontaines D.C. to end the week and to get ready for the weekend. Seems to me that Fontaines D.C. exploded on the scene rather suddenly around 2018 – getting a lot of support from BBC 6 Music and, if I remember correctly, getting a lot of support from RTE in their native Ireland by way of broadcast sessions. They were everywhere and they were getting fantastic word-of-mouth. And even with the non-activity brought about by COVID and all the social distancing, it really hasn’t dampened what has become a growing fan base for a band only together for five years.
Fontaines D.C. formed in Dublin in 2017. The band consists of Grian Chatten (vocals), Carlos O’Connell (guitar), Conor Curley (guitar), Conor Deegan III (bass), and Tom Coll (drums).
After meeting while attending music college, and bonding over a common love of poetry, the band began self-releasing singles and performing live regularly, signing to Partisan Records in 2018. The band’s debut album, Dogrel, was released on 12 April 2019 to widespread critical acclaim; it was listed as Album of the Year on the record store Rough Trade’s website, voted Album of the Year by presenters on BBC Radio 6 Music (along with numerous session appearances), and was nominated for both the Mercury Prize and the Choice Music Prize.
Fontaines D.C.‘s second studio album, A Hero’s Death, was written and recorded in the midst of extensive touring for their debut, and was released on 31 July 2020. A Hero’s Death was later nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2021 Grammy Awards. Their third album Skinty Fia, released in 2022, became the band’s first to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart and Irish Albums Chart.
Have a listen to what they were up to a few weeks ago at Rock Werchter in Belgium – another Summer Festival that grabbing audiences and streaming listeners all over the world. 2022 may not be so bad after all.
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