• Kristine England

Fontaine’s DC Returns with A Hero’s Death


Little did Fontaine’s DC realize how prescient the line “it’s gonna be BIG” would be when the Dublin quintet released its debut album, Dogrel. Finding themselves in a whirlwind of attention and acclaim in 2019, the challenges of following up such an auspicious beginning inform the group’s second album, A Hero’s Death, released July 31. The video for the title track features Game of Thrones’ Aidan Gillen.


Early reviews of the new record continue a positive trend, though perhaps slightly more guarded this time around. NME notes, “ [A Hero’s Death] finds the band investigating their meteoric rise and the punishing, never-ending tour that followed, sifting through the fragmented pieces that remain….the album’s title track – and first single – explores the band’s new epiphanies as they reconnect with old values and piece together their former selves”.


Rolling Stone observes, “the palette is wider and more pronounced. If anything, their chiming, noisy guitars, and messy arrangements only fit their highfalutin aspirations even better.” Pitchfork calls the record, “Heady, funny, and fearless, the Dublin band’s second album is a maudlin and manic triumph, a horror movie shot as comedy, equal parts future-shocked and handcuffed to history.”


Grian Chatten and Carlos O’Connel spoke with Stereogum to offer some insights on the new album, including Chatten’s take on the title, “ I fell in love with it as a title. I thought it was kind of hilarious.” More of the interview here.


Fontaine’s DC is Grian Chatten (vocals), Carlos O'Connell (guitar), Conor Curley (guitar), Conor Deegan III (bass), and Tom Coll (drums).


A Hero's Death


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