“My childhood was small, but I’m gonna be big,” chants Fontaines D.C. frontman Grian Chatten during opening track BIG – and like an all-seeing fortune teller, his band’s debut album, Dogrel, might just see his prophecy fulfilled.
Founded on camaraderie, as well as their motherland’s deep history and well documented drinking culture, Fontaines D.C. have produced a first-up effort that continues a new wave of indie punk set out by bands like IDLES, Shame and West Thebarton. Atop the group’s duelling guitarists, lashing rhythm section and whirring, hypnotic beats is Chatten, whose thick Irish accent delivers his agitated, self-assured lyrics about discontent and disillusionment across the record. Chequeless Reckless hums over a repetitious interrogation while Liberty Bell is a pint of Guinness for your ears.
“Is it too real for ya?” Chatten questions during Too Real. For some, an album this raw and authentic just might be.
Dogrel is out April 12 via Partisan/Inertia.
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