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Fontaines D.C. say the new album is "wrapped up"

Ireland’s favourite sons, Fontaines D.C., have excited fans by revealing that their upcoming third album is “wrapped up”. The teaser didn’t end there either, and there’s also a chance we might be offered a taste of the new material before the end of the year. 

The band’s frontman, Grian Chatten, explained all in a recent interview with Matt Wilkinson on his Apple Music 1 show. “It’s done,” he said. Chatten then revealed: “I can’t tell you when it’s going to be released, but we did hope to have it out a lot earlier.”

He explained the reasons for the band taking their time to release the follow up to last years A Hero’s Death: “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.”

Wilkinson also asked Chatten about the hot prospect of collaborating with rapper Slowthai, to which he responded: “I would in a heartbeat, yeah. Absolutely. I’m up for whatever, to be honest. I’m there at the drop of a hat”.

Chatten elucidated on why the collaboration is yet to come to fruition: “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.”

Fontaines D.C. have made a name for themselves as a prolific band. Their sophomore outing came only a year after their brilliant debut, 2019’s Dogrel. It was back in March this year that they first revealed to fans that they had already finished mixing album three. 

Listen to ‘A Hero’s Death’, below.