Fontaines D.C. are streaming a third track from their forthcoming new album A Hero’s Death.
Like the album’s lead and title-track before it, Televised Mind was played live regularly by the band before lockdown put an end to all that, and also joins I Don’t Belong in previewing the follow-up to last year’s lauded debut Dogrel ahead of its release on July 31st.
“This song is about the echo chamber, and how personality gets stripped away by surrounding approval,” Grian Chatten explains. “People’s opinions get reinforced by constant agreement, and we’re robbed of our ability to feel wrong. We’re never really given the education of our own fallibility. People feign these great beliefs in order to appear trendy, as opposed to independently arriving at their own thoughts.”
“We were listening to a lot of The Prodigy and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, specifically their song Open Heart Surgery. I was interested in extrapolating those types of chord progressions and capturing this droning, hypnotic feel. That last line repeated over and over is a buffer expression that people used here in Dublin. It’s sort of like ‘umm’ or ‘well’ – it’s what people say when they’re distracted.”