As we await the latest album from rock’s new young hopefuls Fontaines D.C., the hotly anticipated A Hero’s Death, the band have shared their latest single, ‘Televised Mind’. It’s our Track of the Day.
Seemingly every offering from the band’s upcoming record is capable of shaking the room and ‘Televised Mind’ is no different. Loaded with bass and malicious intent, Grian Chatten and the band are steaming straight ahead.
Following singles ‘I Don’t Belong’ and their titular track, Fontaines D.C. we’ve become hopeful that the new record will match up to the promise that the band’s previous album Dogrel shared with such determination.
The latest release is a powerful post-punk drone which is accurately depicted in the accompanying video, directed by Hugh Mulhern. About the new track Chatten shared in a press release: “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.
“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.”
The new record arrives on July 31st via Partisan and judging by this latest release it’s going to be another barnstormer.