Fourth song from the new album Skinty Fia
Out April 22nd
Third date at London Eventim Apollo added for Nov UK tour
Last month, Fontaines D.C. released the title track from their highly anticipated new album Skinty Fia – to be released this Friday (22nd April) on Partisan Records. “Skinty Fia,” was met with international acclaim and joined the last two singles, “I Love You” and “Jackie Down The Line,” in building widespread excitement for the band’s third album. Today, the beloved Irish band – who recently took home the trophy for “Best Band In The World” at the 2022 BandLab NME Awards – released the final single to come ahead of their new album titled “Roman Holiday”. The track was premiered by Zane Lowe alongside an interview with the band on his Apple Music 1 show. The track was also featured on New Music Daily.
A texturally nuanced yet intense final preview of the band’s new material ahead of Skinty Fia’s release, “Roman Holiday,” sees frontman Grian Chatten reflect on his experiences of moving to London and embracing the city as an Irish person in the local diaspora. The single sees the band delving further into the album’s poignant themes surrounding identity and belonging, with the lyrics celebrating the camaraderie found in the community of Irish people and friends that the band have found for themselves.
Speaking on the single, Chatten says, “Roman Holiday makes me think of the wide streets of north London in the Summer and the urge to discover them at night time. The thrill of being a gang of Irish people in London with a bit of a secret language and my first flat with my girlfriend.”
Skinty Fia is an Irish phrase which translates to English as “the damnation of the deer” and the album’s cover art features a deer, plucked from its natural habitat and deposited in the hallway of a home, illuminated by an artificial red glow. The Irish giant deer is an extinct species and the band’s thoughts on Irish identity are central to Skinty Fia. While Dogrel was littered with snapshots of the Dublin characters – like the cabbie in “Boys In The Better Land” – and A Hero’s Death documented the dislocation and disconnection the band felt as they travelled the globe on tour, on Skinty Fia Fontaines D.C. are addressing their Irishness from afar as they recreate new lives for themselves elsewhere. For a band whose hometown courses through their veins – “D.C.” stands for “Dublin City” – the album finds them trying to resolve the need to broaden their horizons with the affection they still feel for the land and people they’ve left behind.
There are echoes of Dogrel’s rumbustious rock ’n’ roll, and the bleaker atmospheres of A Hero’s Death, but Skinty Fia, the third in the triumvirate, is much more expansive and cinematic. Fontaines D.C. are a band in a state of constant evolution and this time the result is an album of shifting moods, startling insight, maturity, and considerable emotional wallop.
Following an intimate sold-out show at Hackney’s EartH earlier this week, and with many of the band’s forthcoming North American tour dates selling out or having venues upgraded, Fontaines D.C. are also set to play a short run of shows with record stores in May 2022 in support of the new album. These shows come ahead of an extensive run of festival appearances including the band’s return to Glastonbury Festival, a headline slot on the BBC Sounds stage at Latitude Festival, as well a main stage appearance at Reading & Leeds and a Future Sounds stage performance at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend. The band will also play an extensive UK / IE headline tour later this year in Nov / Dec 2022, with many further dates being added due to popular demand, including a third date at Eventim Apollo in London.
Full routing can be found below. Tickets are on sale HERE.
Pre-order Skinty Fia HERE
Fontaines D.C. on Tour:
Thu-Apr-21 Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club [SOLD OUT]Fri-Apr-22 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts [SOLD OUT] Sat-Apr-23 Asbury Park, NJ @ Wonder Bar [SOLD OUT] Mon-Apr-25 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club Tues-Apr-26 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel [SOLD OUT] Wed-Apr-27 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel Fri-Apr-29 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall [SOLD OUT] Sat-Apr-30 Cleveland, OH @ The Beachland Ballroom
Mon-May-2 Montreal, QC @ Corona TheatreTue-May-3 Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix Thu-May-5 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick Fri-May-6 Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre Sat-May-7 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue Mon-May-9 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre [venue upgrade] Tue-May-10 Salt Lake City, UT @ Soundwell Thu-May-12 Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall Fri-May-13 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre [SOLD OUT] Sat-May-14 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo Mon-May-16 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom Wed-May-18 Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater [SOLD OUT] Thurs-May-19 Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater [SOLD OUT] Fri-May-27 Sheffield, United Kingdom @ Foundry Sat-May-28 Coventry, United Kingdom @ BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend Sun-May-29 Brighton, United Kingdom @ Chalk Mon-May-30 Liverpool, United Kingdom @ Hanger 34
Fri-June-3 Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera SoundMon-June-6 Lyon, France @ Le Transbordeur Tue-June-7 Bologna, Italy @ Arena Puccini Wed-June-8 Milan, Italy @ Un Altro Festival Fri-June-10 Neuchâtel, Switzerland @ Festi’ Neuch Sat-June-11 Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands @ Best Kept Secret Festival Sun-June-12 Berlin, Germany @ Templehof Sounds Mon-Jun-13 Warsaw, Poland @ Proxima Wed-June-15 Athens, Greece @ Release Festival with Nick Cave Fri-June-17 Scheeßel, Germany @ Hurricane Festival Sat-June-18 Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany @ Southside Festival Mon-June-20 Zagreb, Croatia @ InMusic Festival Sun-June-24-26 Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom @ Glastonbury Music Festival Wed-June-29 Roskilde, Denmark @ Roskilde Festival Thur-June-30 Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter
Sat-Jul-2 Dublin, Ireland @ Iveagh Gardens [SOLD OUT]Sun-Jul-3 Dublin, Ireland @ Iveagh Gardens [SOLD OUT] Wed-Jul-6 Lisbon, Portugal @ NOS Alive Festival Sat-Jul-8 Lytham St. Anne’s, United Kingdom @ Lytham festival Sun-Jul-9 Glasgow, United Kingdom @ TRNSMT Thur-Jul-14 Carhaix, France @ Les Vieilles Charrues Fri-Jul-15 London, United Kingdom @ Finsbury Park with Sam Fender Sun-Jul-17 Cologne, Germany @ Live Music Hall Mon-Jul-18 Munich, Germany @ Neue Theaterfabrik Wed-Jul-20 Berlin, Germany @ Astra Kulturhaus [SOLD OUT] Thur-Jul-21 Hamburg, Germany @ Gruenspan [SOLD OUT] Sun-Jul-24 Suffolk, United Kingdom @ Latitude Festival Sun-Jul-31 Yuzawa, Japan @ Fuji Rock Festival
Thur-Aug-11 Oslo, Norway @ Oya FestivalSat-Aug-13 Helsinki, Finland @ Flow Festival Mon-Aug-15 Budapest, Hungary @ Sziget Festival Tues-Aug-16 Padova, Italy @ Parco Della Musica Fri-Aug 19 Guéret – Saint-Laurent Aerodrome, France @ Check In Party Sat-Aug-20 Charleville-Mézières, France @ Le Cabaret Vert Tue-Aug-23 Stuttgart, Germany @ Longhorn Wed-Aug-24 Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachthof Thur-Aug-25 Paris, France @ Rock En Seine Sat-Aug-27 Reading, United Kingdom @ Reading Festival Sun-Aug-28 Leeds, United Kingdom @ Leeds Festival
Fri-Sept-2 Stradbally, Ireland @ Electric PicnicSat-Sep-17 Los Angeles, CA @ Primavera Sound
Mon-Nov-7 Hull, United Kingdom @ Bonus ArenaTue-Nov-8 Leeds, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy Tue-Nov-9 Leeds, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy [new date added] Fri-Nov-11 Manchester, United Kingdom @ O2 Victoria Warehouse Sat-Nov-12 Manchester, United Kingdom @ O2 Victoria Warehouse [date added] Tue-Nov-15 Stockton, United Kingdom @ Globe Thur-Nov-17 Glasgow, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy Fri-Nov-18 Glasgow, United Kingdom @ O2 Acadmy [date added] Sat-Nov-19 Swansea, United Kingdom @ Swansea Arena Mon-Nov-21 Birmingham, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy Thur-Nov-24 London, United Kingdom @ Eventim Apollo Fri-Nov-25 London, United Kingdom @ Eventim Apollo [date added] Sat-Nov-26 London, United Kingdom @ Eventim Apollo [date added] Mon-Nov-28 Edinburgh, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy Wed-Nov-30 Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street [SOLD OUT]
Thurs-Dec-1 Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street [SOLD OUT]Fri-Dec-2 Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street [SOLD OUT] Sat-Dec-3 Galway, Ireland @ Leisureland [SOLD OUT] Mon-Dec-5 Limerick, Ireland @ Live At The Big Top Tue-Dec-6 Derry, United Kingdom @ Millennium Forum Wed-Dec-7 Belfast, United Kingdom @ Ulster Hall Thur-Dec-8 Belfast, United Kingdom @ Ulster Hall [date added]
Wed-Feb-1 Sydney, Australia @ RoundhouseThur-Feb-2 Brisbane, Australia @The Triffid Tue-Feb-7 Melbourne, Australia @ Corner Hotel Wed-Feb-8 Melbourne, Australia @ The Forum
Fontaines D.C. are:
Carlos O’Connell (guitar), Conor Curley (guitar), Conor Deegan III (bass guitar), Grian Chatten (vocals) and Tom Coll (drums).
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My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.