Intense Dublin rockers Fontaines D.C describe themselves as “a combination of pub talk and poetry.” They’re not wrong. Drawing on the finest of Irish storytelling traditions to deliver thoughtful, punchy diatribes the likes of Sleaford Mods would be proud of, the five-piece back up their rhapsodic bite with pulsating, urgent riffs and a snappy, melodic use of musical pace change.
The recordings are very much about building on a blazing stage energy that’s seen the band rise to rapid local acclaim. Debut single “Liberty Belle” is unmistakably Dublin, referencing the working class inner-city Liberties area, a gritty place that’s forged local stars ranging from Imelda May to The Script. The track nods, in its cover, to an old local eccentric who used to wonder the streets of the area pretending to ‘shoot’ passer-bys with a rusting old church key.