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Fontaines DC reflect on Ireland's struggles in new single "Roy's Tune"

06 March 2019, 16:15 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Dublin's Fontaines DC tone it down to reflect on Ireland's troubles in new single "Roy's Tune".

"Roy's Tune" is the second single to land after last month's announcement of their debut record with "Big".

Offering a statement on the new single, guitarist Conor Curley says, "It’s sung to Ireland - from a mindset of frustration, depression, and a loss of innocence.

I used to work in the service industry, at a small burrito place in Dublin, and I’d walk home at night because I couldn’t afford public transportation. Grian [Chatten (vocals)] and I didn’t have any money, so we were sharing a double-size bed in the same converted office block. One night on my way home I was walking by The George, which is the biggest gay nightclub in Dublin, and a guy was getting kicked out by the bouncers. He kept yelling at them, "I’m gonna kill you stone dead!", and that turn of phrase stuck out to me.

A couple years back the EU awarded Ireland €14 billion in back taxes from Apple, but the government here refuses to do anything with the money out of fear Apple will move their headquarters. They care more about a giant corporation than the people of our country, and all we can do is sit there and take it.

We wanted this to be a moment of reflection on the album. We included this song with the purpose of showing our intent as a band and as songwriters from the get go. That we intend to explore whatever emotions or ideas we see, and not just make "another post-punk album"."

"Roy's Tune" is out now. Their debut album Dogrel arrives 12 April via Partisan. Fontaines DC play a sold-out UK tour in April, and return for another round later this year, with a night at London's O2 Forum Kentish Town on 27 November. Find the full list of tour dates.
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