Dublin’s Fontaines D.C. brought a short but sweet injection of poetic punk to the Fortum stage at Øya on Thursday evening.
VurderingFontaines D.C. at Øyafestivalen 2019: 5/6
At that time, the band had received a decent amount of hype across much of Europe and the US for their impressive live shows and a few great single releases. Although that hype hadn’t fully hit Oslo before the band’s Revolver show, the crowd of 40-or-so experienced first hand why so many people were predicting big things for Fontaines D.C. in 2019.
An Unfortunate clash
Everyone who wasn’t a big Sigrid fan appeared to think Fontaines D.C. were worth a go – clearly the hype has now reached Norway.
Fortunately, my fears about the audience were unfounded. Everyone who wasn’t a big Sigrid fan appeared to think Fontaines D.C. were worth a go – clearly the hype has now reached Norway. This is no doubt helped by the critical acclaim the band’s debut album Dogrel received when it was released in April, including a recent nomination for the highly acclaimed Mercury prize album of the year.
A range of styles
The band open with one of their early singles and live favourite «Too Real». A fast-paced driving rock anthem that gets heads nodding in the crowd.
The band members don’t engage much with the audience. The only exception is when front man Grian Chatten uses some basic sign language to request a lighter from someone on the front row. Indeed, cigarettes represent a major component of the Fontaines D.C. onstage persona, which owes a lot the motionless, chain-smoking, sunglasses-wearing punk stars of the past. The one exception is Chatten, who paces around the stage with an anxious intensity and occasional stamp or fist-pump, often bringing to mind a young Ian Curtis.
A great show, but too short
You get the feeling a fair number of people in the crowd are a bit disappointed at the early exit.
You get the feeling a fair number of people in the crowd are a bit disappointed at the early exit. Oslo will have to wait a little longer for its next injection of Fontaines D.C., but the hype has definitely arrived.
Alle foto: Johannes Andersen