Fontaines D.C. Announce A New Album With A Video For Jackie Down The Line

Fontaines D.C.
Photo By Filmawi

Fontaines D.C. have announced their third album, Skinty Fia, to be released on 22nd April on Partisan Records. News of the album comes with the release of its first single, “Jackie Down The Line” – replete with a video directed by Hugh Mulhern and starring multidisciplinary artist, MC, dancer, and choreographer, Blackhaine. The band will give “Jackie Down The Line” its live performance debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday 12th January.

Working for a third time with producer Dan Carey, Skinty Fia follows 2020’s brooding and vital UK #2, BRIT and GRAMMY-nominated sophomore album A Hero’s Death. The band first sprang to international attention in 2019 when their exhilarating debut album, Dogrel, became one of the most highly lauded releases of the year and won them a place on the Mercury Music Prize shortlist. With poetry infusing their music and lyrics, coupled with their joyous, intense live shows, Fontaines D.C. have rightfully earned a reputation as one of the most refreshing and exciting young bands in years; a once-in-a-generation youthquake of literate, rhapsodic brilliance. After picking up nominations at the BRITS (“Best International Group”), GRAMMYs (“Best Rock Album”), and the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards (“Best Album”), the band returned from pandemic lockdown to sell out all 10,000 tickets for their October show at London’s Alexandra Palace before wrapping up work on Skinty Fia.

Skinty Fia is an Irish phrase which translates to English as “the damnation of the deer” and the album’s cover art features a deer, plucked from its natural habitat and deposited in the hallway of a home, illuminated by an artificial red glow. The Irish giant deer is an extinct species and the band’s thoughts on Irish identity are central to Skinty Fia. While Dogrel was littered with snapshots of the Dublin characters – like the cabbie in “Boys In The Better Land” – and A Hero’s Death documented the dislocation and disconnection the band felt as they traveled the globe on tour, on Skinty Fia Fontaines D.C. are addressing their Irishness from afar as they recreate new lives for themselves elsewhere. For a band whose hometown courses through their veins – “D.C.” stands for “Dublin City” – the album finds them trying to resolve the need to broaden their horizons with the affection they still feel for the land and people they’ve left behind.

There are echoes of Dogrel’s rumbustious rock ’n’ roll, and the bleaker atmospheres of A Hero’s Death, but Skinty Fia, the third in the triumvirate, is much more expansive and cinematic. Fontaines D.C. are a band in a state of constant evolution and this time the result is an album of shifting moods, startling insight, maturity, and considerable emotional wallop.

Pre-order “Skinty Fia” HERE

Fontaines D.C. on Tour:

March 2022
Mar-20 – Madrid, Spain @ La Riviera
Mar-21 – Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz 3
Mar-23 – Milan, Italy @ Magazzini Generali
Mar-24 – Zürich, Switzerland @ Dynamo
Mar-25 – Munich, Germany @ Neue Theaterfabrik
Mar-27 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Roxy
Mar-28 – Berlin, Germany @ Astra Kulturhaus
Mar-29 – Hamburg, Germany @ Gruenspan
Mar-31 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser

April 2022
Apr-1 – Oslo, Norway @ Vulkan Arena
Apr-2 – Denmark, Copenhagen @ VEGA
Apr-4 – Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachthof
Apr-5 – Cologne, Germany @ Live Music Hall
Apr-6 – Utrecht, Netherlands @ Tivoli Vredenburg
Apr-8 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
Apr-9 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ Den Atelier
Apr-10 – Lille, France @ L’Aéronef
Apr-11 – Paris, France @ Olympia
Apr-21 – Washington D.C. @ 9:30 Club #
Apr-22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts #
Apr-23 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Wonder Bar #
Apr-25 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club #
Apr-26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel #
Apr-29 – Columbus, OH @ The A&R Music Bar #
Apr-30 – Cleveland, OH @ The Beachland Ballroom #

May 2022
May-2 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre #
May-3 – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix #
May-5 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall #
May-6 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre #
May-7 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue #
May-9 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater #
May-10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Soundwell #
May-12 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall#
May-13 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre  #
May-14 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo #
May-16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom #
May-18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater #

June 2022
Jun-3 – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound
Jun-10 – Neuchâtel, Switzerland @ Festi’neuch
Jun-11 – Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands @ Best Kept Secret Festival
Jun-12 – Berlin, Germany @ Tempelhof Feld
Jun-15 – Athens, Greece @ Release Athens Festival
Jun-17 – Scheessel, Germany @ Hurricane Festival
Jun-18 – Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany @ Southside Festival
Jun-20 – Zagreb, Croatia @ InMusic Festival
Jun-29 – Roskilde, Denmark @ Roskilde Festival

July 2022
Jul-2 – Dublin, Ireland @ Iveagh Gardens
Jul-3 – Dublin, Ireland @ Iveagh Gardens
Jul-6 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Nos Alive Festival
Jul-8 – Lytham St Annes, UK @ Lytham Festival (w/ The Strokes)
Jul-9 – Glasgow, UK @ TRNSMT Festival
Jul-14-17 – Carhaix, France @ Vieilles Charrues
Jul-15 – London, UK @ Finsbury Park (w/ Sam Fender)

August 2022
Aug-12-14 – Helsinki, Finland @ Flow Festival  
Aug-15 – Budapest, Hungary @ Sziget Festival
Aug-19-20 – Aérodrome Guéret Saint-Laurent, France @ Check In Party
Aug-20 – Charleville Mezieres, France @ Cabaret Vert
Aug-25 – Paris, France @ Rock en Seine
Aug-27 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
Aug-28 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival

September 2022
Sep-16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Primavera Sound

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