Fontaines D.C.

Event Date: Tues 26 November 2024, Plymouth Pavilions

Fontaines D.C. announce UK tour for November & December 2024 with one night in Plymouth.

Irish post-punks Fontaines D.C. came together at music college in Dublin. Grian Chatten (vocals), Conor Deegan III (bass), Carlos O'Connell (guitar), Conor Curley (guitar) and Tom Coll (drums) bonded over a mutual love of poetry, from Kerouac and Ginsberg to Irish figures such as Yeats and Lorca.

They named their band after the crooner Johnny Fontaine from The Godfather, adding the D.C. (Dublin City) after discovering a similarly named LA band. The band's initial releases were two short volumes of poetry and these lyrical foundations featured prominently on their critically acclaimed 2019 debut album Dogrel. The record blended a muscular post-punk sound with vivid verse barked out in Chatten's charismatic Dublin accent, most notable on singles 'Big', 'Boys In The Better Land' and 'Hurricane Laughter'.

A slew of five-star reviews and album of the year awards followed, notably from Rough Trade and BBC 6 Music, placing the band at the forefront of an Irish post-punk wave alongside The Murder Capital and Girl Band.Relentless touring in the wake of Dogrel took its toll on the band. Back home in Dublin, Chatten's fear of no longer being able to write led to the band quickly setting to work on a follow-up. Their second album, A Hero's Death, was released on 31 July 2020. The band had released the title track as the first single, accompanied by a video starring Irish actor Aiden Gillen (Game Of ThronesThe Wire). The album signalled a move to a darker, blunter sound than its predecessor, while the artwork (featuring the legendary Irish warrior Cú Chulainn) and album title (inspired by the writings of Brendan Behan) showed that Irish literature remained a cornerstone of the band's identity.I n support of the new record, the band embarked on their biggest UK tour yet in May 2021, starting in Edinburgh and winding up with a huge show at London's Alexandra Palace.

Fontaines D.C. released their third album Skinty Fia in 2022. Featuring the tracks 'Jackie Down The Line' and 'Roman Holiday', Pitchfork magazine called the record their "most demanding and musically adventurous album is also its most open-hearted, striking a perfect balance between tough and tender," while The Guardian noted that the "Dublin alt-rockers trade in their punky full-pelt approach for measured, compelling insights."

In April 2024, the band hinted at new material with a teasing visualiser called 'Romance', before releasing their new single 'Starburster' with news of new album Romance being released on 23 August 2024. The band announced a UK and Ireland tour for November & December 2024, including two nights at London's Alexandra Palace, which ends in their native Dublin at the 3Arena on Friday 6 December.

Address

  • Plymouth Pavilions
  • Millbay Road
  • Plymouth
  • Devon
  • PL1 3LF

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