Photo by Ellius Grace

Ireland’s Fontaines D.C. will return with their sophomore album A Hero’s Death on July 31 via Partisan Records. They’ve already shared two tracks from the album the anthemic self-titled track and the more moody opening cut “I Don’t Belong.”

Today they’ve returned with the third single “Televised Mind,” one of the highlights from their incredibly strong sophomore effort. This one carries the weight of dark-tinted Joy Division tune with an even more primal feel and sonic exploration that shows their continued growth as a band.

The release of the song comes with a brand new music video directed by Hugh Mulhern. Find that available to watch below, along with a description of the track from frontman and lead singer Grian Chatten:

This song is about the echo chamber, and how personality gets stripped away by surrounding approval. 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 [“What ya call it”] 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.”


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