A Hero’s Death album cover
Guitarist Carlos O’Connell joins Taylor Wallace for our latest At Home session. ‘A Hero’s Death’, the sophomore album from Dublin’s Fontaines D.C., is out now on Partisan Records.
The last three “At Home” sessions have been with musicians all across the world (London’s Arlo Parks and Australia’s Tkay Maidza), and this one landed me with Dublin’s Fontaines D.C.. Guitarist Carlos O’Connell came to us from Paris (where bassist Conor Deegan currently lives) awaiting the arrival of his other bandmates later this week. The quintet haven’t been together for months; the longest they’ve gone since they met at the Dublin’s British and Irish Modern Music Institute in 2013. Pre-Fontaines they wrote two collections of poetry, one evoking the Beat poets and the other Irish poets like W.B. Yeats and James Joyce.
Fontaines D.C. released their debut album Dogrel in 2019 to international acclaim. It was named Album of the Year by Rough Trade and BBC Music 6 and was nominated the Mercury Prize and the Choice Music Prize. Support from the Irish Arts Council allowed them to tour behind the album internationally, selling-out shows all over. Showing no sophomore slump, A Hero’s Death (Partisan Records) was released this July, but were unable to tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic (including playing the 50th anniversary of the Glastonbury Festival). O’Connell laments the reality of all of this and the oddity of writing a new album without the catharsis of touring the last. After being reunited in Paris, they’ll all be quarantining together for two weeks bringing together the music they’ve been individually writing in the last months.
The lyrical content of Fontaines D.C. has been largely consistent through the band’s short discography (and by that I mean rich, complex, and incredible), but, sonically, the tone has changed and evolved. Their first singles are more straight ahead rock ‘n’ roll, Dogrel is inarguably a punk album, and A Hero’s Death takes on a much darker, post-punk sound. In the new album, the musicality is more sparse, allowing each part to breathe and fill the room and give space to each instrument. O’Connell attributes this to not only writing better together as a group, but he and fellow guitarist Conor Curley becoming better and more confident guitarists in their own right. “Silence requires confidence,” says O’Connell.
Talking to Carlos was a thrill. Thorough and fascinating, he talked about everything from the album, to the logistics of touring in Europe, what it’s like to have a government who supports the careers of its creatives, and more. -Taylor Wallace, KUTX Morning Host
As the weeks of sheltering-in-place wear on, finding community becomes more important, and we’re all craving it in whatever form it presents itself. At KUTX, we made Groover’s Paradise: a place for our listeners, staff, and artists to do what we love most: nerd out about music. We’re diving into a 30-Day Song Challenge, and marone! the collaborative playlists are absolute dynamite. So here they are in all of their great, groovy, glory. And please, come join us!
Day 1- Color Songs
Day 2- Number Songs
Day 3- Summertime Songs
Day 4- Songs That Remind You of Someone You’d Like to Forget
Day 5- Songs That Need to Be Played LOUD!
Day 6- Songs That Make You Wanna D-A-N-C-E!
Day 7- Driving Songs
Day 8- Songs About Drugs or Alcohol
Day 9- Songs That Make Us Happy
Day 10- Songs That Make Us Sad
Day 11- Songs We Never Get Tired Of
Just in time for the holiday of scorned frustration and complicated feelings, comes a video of wrought with scorned frustration and erotically complicated feelings. Austin’s Caleb DeCasper premieres the video to “Johnny Be Goode,” off his 2019 De Casper EP. Brilliantly shot, “‘Johnny Be Goode’ is a universal story about being shunned by a lover for another. Even more so, it’s a universal queer experience of being shunned by a lover for one who makes them feel ‘normal’ or ‘right’, and you are left as a secret relationship that never existed. “
The video release show is TONIGHT (2/14 )AT ELECTRIC CHURCH. Check out Caleb’s 2019 Studio 1A performance here.
There’s a lot to be said about tonight’s bill at Hotel Vegas, but to put it succinctly, it’s gonna be a night full of weird…
After dropping their first and only single in two years last Halloween, self-described “ghoul-pop, dork wave, unicorn-twee” trio Stretch Panic went for a short hibernation. They return tonight to soak the crowd in their known brand of cartoonishly caped, rainbow-colored songs about demons, monsters and blood. They’re joined tonight by Space Heat whose recipe calls for 3 parts synthwave to one part experimental and garnished with post-punk; freakpop outfit Strange Mother fill out tonight’s line-up. Whether you revel in the weird or are looking to take a step outside your musical comfort zone, this show tonight at Hotel Vegas on East 6th will satiate your off-beat appetite. Check out songs from tonight’s line-up below!
Bring on the Tuesday Night Shoegaze and indie buzz. Sounds good, right? Well you can get warm, fuzzy heaps of it tomorrow night at Cheer Up Charlie’s. An all-Austin bill brings in the jangle and gaze with Slideshow, a 3-piece who’s soft, full, fuzzy sound weave ethereal vocals with hints of nimble guitar hooks. Joining them are the Freakout, who are best described as Beat Happening with a feedback pedal. Young June round out the bill, brining more of the great, chilled out indie attitude. The bedroom, jangle-pop show happens tomorrow night at Cheer Up Charlie’s on Red River. Check out songs from all three bands in their Bandcamp hyperlinks or below!