‘Dublin in the rain is mine. A pregnant city with a catholic mind’. Those are the first two lines of ‘Dogrel’ (2019), the most hyped Irish rock debut for many a year. Fontaines D.C. aim to make music that sounds like Dublin feels. Like Lou Reed and The Smiths did with New York and Manchester respectively. The D.C. in the name stands for Dublin City, by the way. The raw production and pounding rhythms evoke the wet cobblestones, the never-ending nightlife in the pubs and the buzz of the waking city in the many early-morning markets. Fontaines D.C. are afraid that this fragile world is being devoured by the modern era. This is why they combine their furious punk rock with romantic references to James Joyce and W.B. Yeats, the great Irish poets. Their second album, ‘A Hero’s Death’ will be released on July 31st.