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Fontaines D.C.: Dogrel

Words by Gloria Brancatisano

More than meets the eye.

Authentic, honest, open and raw is exactly what you’re going to get with Fontaines D.C.’s debut album.

The Irish lads have come out firing on Dogrel, balancing a punk snarl with a storyteller’s technicolour narrative.

From the moment ‘Big’ opens the album, to the almost-traditional Irish melody of closer ‘Dublin City Sky’, Dogrel’s voice is clear.

This album is about identity – it’s about being proud of where you’re from and who you are, and all the pieces that define both of those things.

If you’ve only tuned into Fontaines’ biggest singles, you might expect white-knuckle anger, rumbling bass and pissed-off punks – and Dogrel does provide it all by the bucketload.

But it’s the more melodic moments, like the tender ‘Roy’s Tune’, Joy Division-esque builder ‘The Lotts’, or pop-tinged ‘Television Screens’ that widen the scope, proving there’s more to Fontaines D.C. than the wide-eyed shouting punks you first meet.

This article was originally published in Fashion Journal 189. You can read it here.

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