After revealing in December last year that they had already recorded "around 11" demos for their third album, Fontaines DC have told Matt Wilkinson on his Apple Music 1 show that the follow-up to A Hero’s Death is "done".

Fontaines DC told Wilkinson, "It's done. It's done. The third album is wrapped up. I can't tell you when it's going to be released, but we did hope to have it out a lot earlier. I think we originally hoped to have it kind of nowish, but because of COVID and all that, it pushed things back a bit, because we never toured our second album... I think there's a slight chance you might hear something earlier than next year."

Elsewhere in the interview, lead vocalist Grian Chatten discussed wanting to collaborate with slowthai, "I'm up for whatever, to be honest. I'm there at the drop of a hat. It's something we've flirted with for a while. But I don't know, if it happens, it happens. We'd do it if there was an organic impetus for it. If there felt like there was an idea, if it was led by an idea, then we'd do it."

The band have recorded a cover of The Velvet Underground and Nico's "The Black Angel’s Death Song", which will appear on I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico out later this month.

Listen to Fontaines DC's full interview with Matt Wilkinson on Apple Music 1 now.