Dublin punk act Fontaines DC started 2018 with an underground ‘ones to watch’ ripple, and ended the year with four brilliant EPs unapologetically rooted to their Liberties roots, cock-sure festival performances and support slots with Shame and Idles. They were also part of a recent NME special, described as “surrealist punks soundtracking an anxious generation”.
The NME is prone to hyperbole (see their downright absurd fawning over the 1975), but they’re on to something with Fontaines. Channelling the Fall, Girl Band, Whipping Boy or any other band with sneering sarcasm and poetic, dry wit oozing between the discord, they’re one of the most crucial Irish acts of the last few years.
- Fontaines DC play the Button Factory in Dublin tonight (Friday)