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Fontaines D.C. detail Beach Boys inspiration on new album

Dublin band Fontaines D.C. have explained how The Beach Boys have influenced their forthcoming new album.

The group, who set to release A Hero’s Death on July 31, have put the finishing touches on the eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2019s critically acclaimed effort Dogrel.

Discussing the formation of the new material, frontman Grian Chatten said: “It’s inspired by the stillness of the sea,” in a new interview with NME. “Kinda like later Beach Boys.

“I’m not saying we’re anywhere near the Beach Boys in terms of harmonising or singing or anything like that, but we’d sing a capella a lot in the back of the van, practice harmonies and figure out how to arrange them properly. We tried to put the Beach Boys cloak over absolutely everything we did in America, as you do when you’re starved of context.”

Chatten went on: “I really lived inside that song ‘Your Summer Dream’, a simple early Beach Boys tune [from 1963]. It’s beautiful; it sounds like a daydream captured in sonic form. We daydreamed a lot; we were trying to escape what was around us and were listening to much more immersive music, music that had lefts and rights and corners and different streets. We wanted to make something a bit more subversive.”

Adding: “[The Beach Boys created] a dream-like, lying-back-on-a-lilo daydreaming sort of feeling we wanted to capture.

“The thing about Brian Wilson and other people like Lee Hazelwood that really appealed to us when we were in the mood for escapist art was that they had a thoroughly built-up fantasy world that they’d quite fully realised in a sonic format. We talked a lot about the fantasy of our world and how we wanted to bring that to life.”

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