Fontaines D.C. cover The Jesus And Mary Chain’s Darklands for Radio X

Fontaines D.C. with Live4ever at SXSW 2019 (Paul Bachmann)

Fontaines D.C. with Live4ever at SXSW 2019 (Paul Bachmann)

Fontaines D.C. have covered The Jesus And Mary Chain‘s Darklands for Radio X’s ‘Phone Covers’ series.

Performed by some of the band in their various homes during lockdown, their version of the title-track of the Mary Chain’s 1987 second studio album comes with their own sophomore effort, A Hero’s Death, due on July 31st.

It was launched with the title-track earlier this month, written according to frontman Grian Chatten, ‘during a time where he felt consumed by the need to write something else to alleviate the fear that I would never be able follow up Dogrel’.

“But more broadly it’s about the battle between happiness and depression, and the trust issues that can form tied to both of those feelings,” he added. “The song is a list of rules for the self, they’re principles for self-prescribed happiness that can often hang by a thread. It’s ostensibly a positive message, but with repetition comes different meanings, that’s what happens to mantras when you test them over and over.”

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