Fontaines DC has stated that the band’s future could see them move away from all guitars.
Speaking to NME for Big Read this week, singer Grian Chatten and drummer Tom Coll discussed the creation of the band’s new album, ‘Skinty Deer’, which was recorded live over a fortnight.
“Any time I think of a tune, it doesn’t have to be in the world of guitar and drums, even though those are the instruments with which we express ourselves,” Chatten said. “I’m getting more and more bored and writing content just for bass line and drum sets.”
Coll also said that the band does not currently listen to much, if any, guitar music, with Chatten citing OutLast from the ATLiens era and Kanye West’s ‘808s & Heartbreak’ as his current favorite.
Chatten continued, “I want to unlearn the sounds of ‘Dogrel’; otherwise we will have the same ideas in our music over and over again. We could probably throw out the guitars at some point, and would the music still with sound.I also don’t think people will go mad if we decide to do it.
Elsewhere in the interview, the band discussed their current Irish identity in relation to their London residence. Coll noted, “When the Irish move to London, they certainly put their identity on their sleeves. It’s hard to try to stay in touch with the culture while you’re there. The country while you’re away.”
Chatten also said he left living and working in the city “in a better place mentally and emotionally; I have reached routines in my life and am now more mature, confident and thick-skinned.”
‘Skinty Deer’ follows ‘Dogrel’, which was nominated for a Mercury Award in 2019, and its sequel, the extensive ‘A Hero’s Death’, released a year later.
Chatten also told NME that the writing “I Love You” was like “getting rid of the elephant in the room”.
“I felt like I was physically in the middle of a storm, where all these issues – things that happened in my own life, as well as the tensions in Ireland – were swirling around me,” he said. sonic, when the song ends, it shows how I was able to breathe after coping with everything I wanted. I am ready for the debate and for our corner. “
In a five – star review, NME commented on the new album: Songs deserve a fight for a better Ireland. of the crisis, and in its most glorious glory, ‘Skinty Deer’ raises the task triumphantly. ”
Last month, the group won the Best Group in the World award at the 2022 NME BandLab Awards, beating out Amyl & The Sniffers, Ben & Ben, Bring Me The Horizon, CHVRCHES, Glass Animals, HAIM, Måneskin, Nova Twins and Wolf Alice. ..
Fontaines DC has recently added further dates for its 2022 UK-Ireland tour, which begins at Hull Bonus Arena on 7 November. You can buy tickets here.