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  • Samuel Balkin

FONTAINES D.C. “The most popular Irish punk band”

We have gladly had the chance to interview Fontaines D.C., an Irish band that falls into the category of indie-punk whilst adding their Irish flavour making them the countries brightest guitar bands. We discuss about their music, what it means to them and what their upcoming plans are for the rest of the year in order for you to watch them live.

Fontaines D.C. launched the debut single ‘Liberty Belle’ in 2017, since then, have your lives seen any dramatic changes?

I'm certainly more excited by life now than I've ever been.

We're able to throw ourselves more fully into our passions. More reading, talking and writing, giving and taking. It's a very very dynamic time. We're beginning to explore parts of the world we had never dreamed of seeing too. It's been a gusty year.

Most anglophone musicians do not have strong accents unlike Fontaines D.C.’s. Is there anything Fontaines D.C. insist on accent wise or lyrically?

Singing in another person's accent just seems to me to be robbing yourself of a pure connection with your music. It's putting a barrier between yourself and your words. Lyrically I'm influenced by Shane MacGowan. He can reconcile the poetic depths of W.B Yeats with the primal poignancy of Iggy pop. That to me means everything.

Fontaines D.C seems to use heartfelt lyrics to express their feelings and stories. Are your lyrics all form personal experiences?

My lyrics are all based on personal experience but sometimes it's easier to say that your City is failing rather than your spirit. I write a lot about little stories in Dublin because to me they have all the romance of the universe. I don't really know why I write at all but I can't stop.

What’s the next plan for Fontaines D.C in the second half of 2018?

We're going to play some festivals such as Iceland Aiwaves and Cabaret Vert, release another single, record our debut album and tour with Shame. We'll be doing a few of our own UK and Irish dates too.

Music from Ireland is generally high quality, as a Dublin Band, do you have any specific ideas why?

It's nice of you to recognise that. Music is often presented to the Irish from a very young age in the most romantic way possible - In pubs where there is always music in the background and they first see family members with arms around each other sing the chorus together. Music represents for them the moments in which the truth comes out. So they latch onto it and develop it desperately.


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