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Fontaines DC unveil rumbling new single "Televised Mind"

30 June 2020, 17:33 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Fontaines DC have returned with new outing "Televised Mind", a third taster of their highly-anticipated second album A Hero’s Death.

"Televised Mind" lands after earlier singles "I Don't Belong" and "A Hero's Death", and is accompanied by a visual directed by Hugh Mulhern.

Lead singer Grian Chatten says of the new single, "This song is about the echo chamber, and how personality gets stripped away by surrounding approval. People’s opinions get reinforced by constant agreement, and we're robbed of our ability to feel wrong. We’re never really given the education of our own fallibility. People feign these great beliefs in order to appear trendy, as opposed to independently arriving at their own thoughts."

He adds, "We were listening to a lot of The Prodigy and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, specifically their song "Open Heart Surgery". I was interested in extrapolating those types of chord progressions and capturing this droning, hypnotic feel. That last line repeated over and over ["What ya call it"] is a buffer expression that people used here in Dublin. It’s sort of like "umm" or "well..." – it’s what people say when they’re distracted."

A Hero's Death will follow on from Fontaines DC's 2019 Mercury Prize-nominated debut album Dogrel.

"Televised Mind" is out now. Fontaines DC's A Hero's Death album arrives 31 July via Partisan Records, and is available to pre-order now. They play London's Alexandra Palace on 27 May 2021. Find out more.
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