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Fontaines D.C. - Skinty Fia (Album Review)

Monday, 25 April 2022 Written by Matty Pywell

Fontaines D.C. enjoyed a precipitous rise. Coming around at a time when the post-punk explosion in the UK was hitting its peak, their 2019 debut album ‘Dogrel’ saw them bring the grey skies of Dublin straight into our ears.

They portrayed their home city in a complex light of love and honesty, painting a picture of a flawed place that was fun, confrontational and multifaceted. They quickly followed it up with 2020’s ‘A Hero’s Death’, which found vocalist Grian Chatten grappling with the vagaries of youth.

In the context of those chapters, ‘Skinty Fia’ is the mark of a band striding out on their own and navigating their sense of Irishness in a new way.

The band have moved to London, and this has shifted their perspectives as they embrace their heritage in a city that fosters both the comfort of Irish bars and the negative stereotypes that still pervade the English mindset.

The track I Love You serves a double meaning—on one side a passionate declaration of love for another and on the other it’s a paean to their home that shares so much affection for the land but plenty of disdain for the ways in which it is wasted.

There’s a real maturity to ‘Skinty Fia’ that finds Chatten on top form, his vocals bolder than ever and his songwriting as beautiful as it can be instantly devastating. 

He has challenged himself to approach topics in new ways and you can feel that on Jackie Down The Line, which embodies the persona of someone who thrives on the ways they can hurt people. This is a step up for a band who are writing rock music of the highest order.

Fontaines D.C. Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Sat July 02 2022 - DUBLIN Iveagh Gardens
Sun July 03 2022 - DUBLIN Iveagh Gardens
Mon November 07 2022 - HULL Bonus Arena
Tue November 08 2022 - LEEDS O2 Academy Leeds
Wed November 09 2022 - LEEDS O2 Academy Leeds
Fri November 11 2022 - MANCHESTER O2 Victoria Warehouse
Sat November 12 2022 - MANCHESTER O2 Victoria Warehouse
Tue November 15 2022 - STOCKTON Globe Theatre
Thu November 17 2022 - GLASGOW O2 Academy Glasgow
Fri November 18 2022 - GLASGOW O2 Academy Glasgow
Sat November 19 2022 - SWANSEA Swansea Arena
Mon November 21 2022 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham
Thu November 24 2022 - LONDON Eventim Apollo
Fri November 25 2022 - LONDON Eventim Apollo
Sat November 26 2022 - LONDON Eventim Apollo
Mon November 28 2022 - EDINBURGH O2 Academy Edinburgh
Wed November 30 2022 - DUBLIN Vicar Street
Thu December 01 2022 - DUBLIN Vicar Street
Fri December 02 2022 - DUBLIN Vicar Street
Sat December 03 2022 - GALWAY Leisureland
Mon December 05 2022 - LIMERICK Live At The Big Top
Tue December 06 2022 - DERRY Millennium Forum
Wed December 07 2022 - BELFAST Ulster Hall
Thu December 08 2022 - BELFAST Ulster Hall

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