30th November | SWX

You need only look at a track like ‘Too Real’ to wish you could be a fly on the wall at a songwriting session by Fontaines D.C.. Their lyrical poetry comes as much from The National Library of Ireland or out of UCD, as it could be found staggering out of The Brazen Head pub in Dublin after a particularly thirsty philosophising session. It’s like finding James Joyce and Seamus Heaney at a GAA game at Croke Park, each clutching a pint of Harp and taunting opposing fans with cries of “Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough.” The song ‘Too Real’ has the simple conversational refrain, “Is it too real for ya?” seamlessly alongside the metrical, technical “None can pull the passion loose from youth’s ungrateful hands.” Then they slip in lines borrowed from T.S. Eliot’s ‘Preludes’ without them sounding even remotely contrived.

When you see them live, like you may have done at Thekla, The Downs Festival or one of several Glastonbury sets in recent memory, you’ll know exactly why this SWX show sold out not far short of a year in advance. You can’t hear tracks like ‘Liberty Belle’, ‘Hurricane Laughter’ or ‘Boys In The Better Land’ without going a bit feral and finding yourself bouncing off the person next to you. In truth, they could probably have sold out a run of shows. So – party on Nelson Street. Too real for ya? This is not a drill.

See the video for ‘Too Real’ here: