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Fontaines D.C. tease new album with cryptic ‘Romance’ video

A new era is kicked off in the clip, inspired by 'The Shining'

By Nick Reilly

Fontaines D.C., 2022
Fontaines DC

Fontaines D.C. have heralded the start of a new era with an unsettling video clip to seemingly hint at a fourth album called Romance.

It comes after the acclaimed group first hinted at new music last week by sharing a clip which saw frontman Grian Chatten topless and in bright green trousers, while sporting a black eye and a bruised torso. To make things even more mysterious, Chatten is seen petting a pig while an unknown track plays in the background.

Now, a new 90 second clip seemingly sees the group channeling the spirit of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. An empty hallway is seen, before green gunge eventually pours out of two elevator doors – a clear nod to the bursting river of blood in the 1980 horror classic.

Chatten’s voice eventually emerges too, as he sings: “Into the darkness again / In with the pigs in the pen / God knows I love you / Screws in my head /I will be beside you till you’re dead.” 

The same teaser has also been posted by the official XL Recordings social media accounts, hinting that the band have signed to the label after releasing their first three albums on Partisan.

The band’s last album came in the form of 2022’s Skinty Fia, while frontman Grian Chatten ventured into solo territory with 2023’s Chaos For The Fly, which netted him a nomination for the Artist Award at the inaugural Rolling Stone UK Awards.