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‘We wanted to capture the underbelly of LA, but what we had was too polished’ - Fontaines DC on rebooting their second album

It has been a whirlwind 15 months for Fontaines DC since their ecstatically received debut, but with a new album due for release this month, the Irish post-punk band reveal why their first attempt at a follow-up ended up on the scrapheap

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Fontaines DC. Photo by Ellius Grace

Fontaines DC. Photo by Ellius Grace

Fontaines DC. Photo by Ellius Grace

On the day that Fontaines DC chat to Review - via Zoom - it is four-odd months since live concerts were rendered null and void. Mid-March feels like a long time ago for anyone who makes gig-going an essential part of their lives, and it has felt an eternity for a young Irish band already celebrated for their incendiary on-stage performances.

Both frontman Grian Chatten and bassist Conor Deegan say they are pining for the opportunity to play in front of packed audiences especially as last weekend they were due to headline Dublin's Iveagh Gardens. It would have been an opportunity to showcase songs from their eagerly anticipated new album.

But Chatten - whose first name is pronounced 'Gree-an' - says he has made his peace with being forced off the road. Rather than obsess over what might have been, he says he is making the most out of this Covid-shaped world and making the time to recharge the batteries.