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Fontaines DC announce second album with title-track "A Hero’s Death"

05 May 2020, 19:59 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Fontaines DC have announced their highly-anticipated second album A Hero’s Death, and have shared the title-track as the lead single.

The band confirmed a new single was arriving today as Annie Mac's Hottest Record In The World, but didn't reveal its name.

"A Hero's Death" is their new single, and it arrives with a video that stars Aiden Gillen, aka Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish from Game of Thrones.

Lead vocalist Grian Chatten says of the new release, "The song is a list of rules for the self, they’re principles for self-prescribed happiness that can often hang by a thread. It’s ostensibly a positive message, but with repetition comes different meanings, that's what happens to mantras when you test them over and over. There’s this balance between sincerity and insincerity as the song goes on and you see that in the music video as well. That’s why there’s a lot of shifting from major key to minor key. The idea was influenced by a lot of the advertising I was seeing – the repetitive nature of these uplifting messages that take on a surreal and scary feel the more you see them."

He adds, "The title came from a line in a play by Brendan Behan, and I wrote the lyrics during a time where I felt consumed by the need to write something else to alleviate the fear that I would never be able follow up Dogrel. But more broadly it’s about the battle between happiness and depression, and the trust issues that can form tied to both of those feelings."

As well as sharing the new single, Fontaines DC have announced their follow up to their 2019 Mercury Prize-nominated debut album Dogrel - A Hero's Death.


  1. I Don’t Belong
  2. Love Is The Main Thing
  3. Televised Mind
  4. A Lucid Dream
  5. You Said
  6. Oh Such A Spring
  7. A Hero’s Death
  8. Living In America
  9. I Was Not Born
  10. Sunny
  11. No
"A Hero's Death" is out now. Fontaines DC's A Hero's Death album arrives 31 July via Partisan Records.
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