The second song to emerge from forthcoming new album Skinty Fia out April 22nd
“And I loved you like a penny loves the pocket of a priest, and I’ll love you ‘til the grass around my gravestone is deceased”
Last month, Fontaines D.C. announced their third album, Skinty Fia – to be released on April 22nd on Partisan Records. The news was soon followed by a performance of first single “Jackie Down The Line” on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, as the band debuted the track live for the very first time. Today sees the release of a second song, “I Love You,” taken from the highly-anticipated new album.
Ostensibly a love song, “I Love You” is layered, impressionistic and infused with the band’s trademark intensity. Stitched into the apparently ardent lyrics is a lament for Ireland, in what Fontaines D.C frontman Grian Chatten describes as “the first overtly political song we’ve written.” Written from the perspective of an Irishman abroad, the song unravels to reveal a passionate sense of self-loathing. The lyrics detail the guilt of a barroom reveler, enjoying great personal success and a sense of cultural pride, while simultaneously metabolizing deep disappointment, and swirling anger, at the current political climate as well as the country’s grimmest historical atrocities, such as the decades of tragic brutality at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home in Galway: “This island’s run by sharks with children’s bones stuck in their jaws.” The cinematic music video, directed by Sam Taylor, captures the song’s building intensity; Grian strolls through a serene, candle-lit church before intensely delivering the song’s second half directly to camera with characteristic gravity. He elaborates, “It’s standing in the centre of our beloved home country as a multitude of things are brought to tragic ends in an apocalyptic state of affairs. That’s how it feels to me, and what I felt when I wrote it.”
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. 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 following a recent relocation to London.
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.
Pre-order “Skinty Fia” HERE
Fontaines D.C. on TourMARCH 2022 Sun-Mar-20 Madrid, Spain @ La Riviera Mon-Mar-21 Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz 3 Wed-Mar-23 Milan, Italy @ Magazzini Generali [SOLD OUT] Thu-Mar-24 Zürich, Switzerland @ Dynamo Fri-Mar-25 Dudingen, Switzerland @ Bad Bonn Sun-Mar-27 Prague, Czech Republic @ Roxy Mon-Mar-28 Brno, Czech Republic @ Fleda Wed-Mar-30 Malmo, Sweden @ Plan B Thu-Mar-31 Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser APRIL 2022 Fri-Apr-1 Oslo, Norway @ Vulkan Arena Sat-Apr-2 Denmark, Copenhagen @ VEGA Mon-Apr-4 Nikmegen, Netherlands @ Doornroosje Tue-Apr-5 Maastricht, Netherlands @ Muziekgieterij Wed-Apr-6 Utrecht, Netherlands @ Tivoli Vredenburg [SOLD OUT] Fri-Apr-8 Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix [SOLD OUT] Sat-Apr-9 Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ Den Atelier Sun-Apr-10 Lille, France @ L’Aéronef Mon-Apr-11 Paris, France @ Olympia [SOLD OUT] Thu-Apr-21 Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club 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 @ The A&R Music Bar Sat-Apr-30 Cleveland, OH @ The Beachland Ballroom MAY 2022 Mon-May-2 Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre Tue-May-3 Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix Thu-May-5 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall 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 JUNE 2022 Fri-June-3 Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound Mon-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 Wed-June-29 Roskilde, Denmark @ Roskilde Festival Thur-June-30 Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter JULY 2022 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 Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachthof AUGUST 2022 Thur-Aug-11 Oslo, Norway @ Oya Festival Sat-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 Thur-Aug-25 Paris, France @ Rock En Seine Sat-Aug-27 Reading, United Kingdom @ Reading Festival Sun-Aug-28 Leeds, United Kingdom @ Leeds Festival SEPTEMBER 2022 Mon-Sept-12 – Sun-Sept-18 Los Angeles, CA @ Primavera Sound FEBRUARY 2023 Wed-Feb-1 Sydney, Australia @ Roundhouse Thur-Feb-2 Brisbane, Australia @The Triffid Tue-Feb-7 Melbourne, Australia @ Corner Hotel Wed-Feb-8 Melbourne, Australia @ The Forum
Skinty Fia tracklist:1. In ár gCroíthe go deo 2. Big Shot 3. How Cold Love Is 4. Jackie Down The Line 5. Bloomsday 6. Roman Holiday 7. The Couple Across The Way 8. Skinty Fia 9. I Love You 10. Nabokov 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.