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Fontaines D.C. share anthemic new single ‘Favourite’

The track closes the Dublin band's upcoming fourth album ‘ROMANCE’.

By Will Richards

Fontaines D.C.
Fontaines D.C. (Picture: Simon Wheatley)

Fontaines D.C. have shared the anthemic closing track to their upcoming new album – watch the video for ‘Favourite’ below.

The band will release new album ROMANCE on August 23 via their new label home of XL Recordings. It was announced last month alongside first single ‘Starburster’.

Discussing the video for ‘Favourite’, the band’s bassist Conor Deegan said: “This video is a reminiscing of the past; of each other’s childhoods we didn’t know. To see people we know on an intimate level as adults in the tender ages of childhood, we explore where we came from, and who on some level, still are. I see a lot of familiar faces being pulled, and the antics these lads are undertaking in their videos are so disarming and vulnerable to see. I am at times reminded of boyish mannerisms that they’ve grown out of in the time I’ve known them – and some that they haven’t. I feel their souls there.
Deegan added: “I would like this video to serve as a way of honouring our friendships, and moving from that, the relationships we hold dear. Our mothers, fathers, siblings, aunties and uncles, grandmothers and grandfathers. Those who we still have, and those we have sadly lost.
“We haven’t lost that connection to each other, and are not afraid to come of age again, holding on to romance in a sometimes trying world.”

Discussing the new album’s title, Deegan said: “We’ve always had this sense of idealism and romance. Each album gets further away from observing that through the lens of Ireland, as directly as Dogrel.

“The second album is about that detachment, and the third is about Irishness dislocated in the diaspora. Now we look to where and what else there is to be romantic about.”

Frontman Grian Chatten adds that the album is inspired by the Katsuhiro Ôtomo anime Akira, saying: “I’m fascinated by that – falling in love at the end of the world.

“The album is about protecting that tiny flame. The bigger armageddon looms, the more precious it becomes.”

The frontman adds: “We say things on this record we’ve wanted to say for a long time. I never feel like it’s over, but it’s nice to feel lighter.”

Fontaines D.C. will headline the Park Stage at next week’s Glastonbury. See the full line-up here.