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From THIN LIZZY to The THRILLS; from HORSLIPS to A HOUSE; from U2 to JJ72 (and much more besides), Dublin has always possessed a flair for generating top-notch charismatic rock acts. Taking their nom de plume from a has-been crooner in The Godfather movie, FONTAINES D.C. (initials = Dublin City) seemed likely to follow in the footsteps of their forefathers. In such a short space of time since their formation in 2016, the proudly post-punk 5-piece had managed to secure a Top 10 album in both Britain and Ireland.
Comprising vernacular singer Grian Chattan, guitarists Carlos O’Connell and Conor Curley, bassist Conor Deegan and wildman drummer Tom Coll, their was a sense of déjà vu in the young band’s absorbing and abrasive sound – like MICRODISNEY’s Cathal Coughlan sharing a studio with The FALL, GANG OF FOUR and NED’S ATOMIC DUSTBIN. A prial of d.i.y. 7-inch picture-sleeve double-A-sides (i.e. `Liberty Belle’ / `Rocket To Russia’, `Hurricane Laughter’ / `Winter In The Sun’, and `Boys In The Better Land’ / `Chequeless Reckless’) marked out the quintet as rather retro, but it worked for the most part – and who wasn’t buying record players or upcycling granddad’s battered hi-fi in these days of Tory austerity.
Partisan Records would give all three a re-run as downloads, building up their momentum as use on the band’s debut album, DOGREL {*8}. By the time of its release in spring 2019, further previews such as `Too Real’, `Big’ and the low-down `Roy’s Tune’ had confirmed the said set something of a “best of/so far” claim. Everything in fact; especially the partly-spoken mantra `Hurricane Laughter’, were mind-blowing and, at times, totally wired.
© MC Strong/MCS Jul2019

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