Fontaines D.C. on receiving their first-ever Grammy nomination


Fontaines D.C. have spoken out for the primary time on their shock Grammy nod, likening the landmark second to receiving “a telephone name from area”.
The Dublin post-punk heroes secured a Greatest Rock Album nomination for ‘A Hero’s Demise‘ – which obtained a four-star evaluate from NME earlier this 12 months — throughout the nominations announcement for the 2021 Grammys earlier this week (November 24) .
Whereas they face powerful competitors from The Strokes, Michael Kiwanuka, Sturgill Simpson and Grace Potter, Fontaines D.C. say they’re nonetheless attempting to take the information in — telling NME that their nomination is only a “mad factor”.
NME caught up with frontman Grian Chatten to seek out out somewhat bit extra about his band’s momentous Grammy nomination.
NME: Hello, Grian! Congratulations on the Grammy nod. How did you first discover out the information?
Grian Chatten: “Man, it was fucking psychological. I used to be sitting in my flat with my supervisor yesterday and he was throughout from me, simply his telephone. He stood up and goes ‘Jesus Christ, what the fuck!’. My coronary heart simply dropped and I requested him if one thing dangerous was occurring. He simply circled and mentioned: ‘You’ve been nominated for a fucking Grammy!”
Did you ever suppose Fontaines would make the shortlist?
“I didn’t even know we have been down for consideration, I didn’t even know when the fucking Grammys have been, or in the event that they have been going forward. It was actually like a telephone name from area, it was that heavy.”
How did you have a good time? Had been there any sore heads?
“Effectively, we’re all in London for the time being rehearsing and writing collectively, so we’re in the identical bubble and we’re allowed to see one another. The lads simply came to visit to my gaff and we had a few beers. We bought speaking about Sinéad O’Connor‘s efficiency on the Grammys in 1989 when she performed ‘Mandinka‘. She was solely like 22 and for some purpose it simply made us actually emotional about different Irish artists.
“I believe there’s solely one thing like six Irish acts to be ever nominated for a Grammy earlier than us, which is mad. However that Sinead O’Connor efficiency, I believe she’s bought a babygrow popping out of the again of her denims as a nod to the Magdalene Laundries and the Church in Eire. That was the factor I’d all the time stick on after I was getting emotional on New Yr’s Eve, so it’s mad that we’ll be in that canon.”

— Fontaines D.C. (@fontainesdublin) November 24, 2020

Is that this your probability to fly the flag for Eire on the worldwide stage then?
“Yeah, fuck it – why not! I hesitate in all conditions to say something like we’re flying the flag, however it’s a world occasion and it’s not day by day that an Irish act will get nominated, so I can’t assist however really feel a way of that.”
Why do you suppose ‘A Hero’s Demise’ has related with individuals? 
“It was a fluke, the way in which it was launched on the time of the pandemic and the lockdown. However it offers with emotions of isolation in a method that isn’t crass or blatantly in regards to the lockdown. I by no means need to write a track referred to as fucking ‘Coronavirus‘!
“However it offers, realistically and subtly, with these emotions of isolation. It’s a reflective album and it’s about discovering, or at the very least believing, that there’s gentle on the finish of the tunnel. That hope is diminishing and replenishing in repeated patterns, which I believe individuals can relate to.”

The place does the nomination rank in all the pieces you’ve achieved up to now?
“Effectively, when you consider achievements there’s two colleges of thought. There’s achievements and there’s simply mad stuff, y’know. I don’t know essentially if we’ve achieved this: it’s occurred and I don’t need to put this all the way down to our personal talent or expertise as a result of I believe there’s much more than that. It’s not essentially an achievement – it’s only a mad factor!”
You’re up towards some fierce competitors within the Greatest Rock album class too, together with The Strokes and Michael Kiwanuka… 
“Effectively, I don’t actually like The Strokes’ new album so I’d be irritated if that gained! However I really like Michael Kiwanuka and he’s bought the Mercury, so I believe he may get this. I’d be completely happy sufficient if he did, however it’s a type of issues. You don’t need your thoughts to gallop off about who you’re up towards.”
Have you ever began fascinated about your plans for the precise ceremony?
“It’s humorous you say that, as a result of at this second I’m dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s on my acceptance speech! I’m joking, however I’d like to go over and take my fiancée or some member of the family. It’d be nice to go for the fun of it. It’s extra of a mad reminiscence to ponder in your deathbed.”
It feels just like the Grammys are lastly waking as much as requires range, too – the Greatest Rock Efficiency options an all-female shortlist. 
“It’s so essential. I don’t need to be communicate on their behalf, however it’s so essential for younger individuals of any type of id to really feel represented at that degree. They’ll really feel prefer it’s not past them and it’s not a world we’re rejecting.
“There’s a superb outdated video of Motörhead‘s Lemmy studying out fan mail from a black fan in America, who asks if he’s in a position to change into a rock star as a result of he’s black – Lemmy’s response is heartwarming. Simply having that type of illustration will make it simpler for individuals to really feel accepted.”
You mentioned Fontaines D.C. are recording for the time being. Does that imply a 3rd album could possibly be right here before anticipated?
“We’re flat-out writing and I can think about {that a} third album will probably be out before individuals count on, yeah. However I imply, you may quote me on that, though you may need to take it with a pinch of salt. We’re simply flat-out and the hearth’s nonetheless burning. We’re nonetheless writing for a purpose, which is simply the principle factor.”


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