Fontaines D.C. have released two live performances of tracks taken from their latest album A Hero’s Death which was released this summer.
The Dublin band’s sophomore record saw them fight Taylor Swift to the wire in the race for number one with A Hero’s Death being a rousing success all-round and saw Fontaines D.C. show their vulnerability across the album. Now they have shared two more ‘isolated version’ videos for ‘I Don’t Belong’ and ‘Sunny’ which sees each member of the band play in different locations to one another which was recorded at the height of the lockdown.
These two stripped back versions epitomise the poignant A Hero’s Death which documents the band almost coming to an end following the trials and tribulations that came during their ‘breakout year’ in 2019, which caused as many problems as it did opportunities.
Frontman Grian Chatten recently discussed the band’s hectic working schedule after achieving critical success with their 2019 debut album Dogrel, has opened up about the mental strain the work can put on artists.
“It’s dangerous, you know, even without the drugs,” he said in a new interview with Music Week. “The big killer for us was a lack of sleep. We’d have a flight in between gigs as our allocated sleep time. So that was rough and made us very bitter about the whole thing, and we started to see each other and everyone we worked with as the devil.”
He added: “Then we started to realise that we were bringing it all upon ourselves, and we started asking ourselves again, ‘What exactly do we want out of it? A huge thing for us was just being clever about routing on tours and ensuring that you can get some time off, or that you’re not doing too many drives after gigs. These things add up and they can destroy [a band].”
Check out the two ‘Isolated Version’s below.