‘Dublin in the rain is mine. A pregnant city with a Catholic mind’. Those are the first two lines of ‘Dogrel’ (2019), the near-perfect debut album by Fontaines D.C. The Irish band wanted to make music that sounds like Dublin feels. Like Lou Reed did for New York, and The Smiths for Manchester. The D.C. in their name stands for Dublin City, by the way. And what does the Irish capital feel like? Rough and chaotic, like the endless nightlife in the pubs. But also romantic like the The Pogues’ stories or the poetry of the great Irish poets James Joyce and W.B. Yeats. Fontaines D.C. bring rebellion and poetry together. First in the form of incisive punk rock on ‘Dogrel’, then on ‘A Hero’s Death’ (2020) as dreamy indie rock that feels like early Strokes and Interpol and, in its quietest moments, harks back to The Beach Boys. Great pop!