The new record explores themes of identity and belonging and was written while the band navigated a move to London.
Fontaines D.C. vocalist Grian Chatten recently spoke to Alternative Press for issue #405. They discussed the inspiration behind making Skinty Fia, which is an Irish phrase that translates to “the damnation of the deer.”
“There’s a slight level of discomfort in being Irish in this city,” he says. “You’re reminded that you’re not where you’re from on at least a weekly basis. And we still hear the odd [derogatory term] ‘Paddy’ being thrown around. A few of my mates have been told to fuck off home and things like that. [Sometimes] it’s a lot more subtle… microaggressions and stuff like that. But in a way, things like that gave us the impetus to really bring our third album over the line. We could easily have written an album without having anything to say because we just love writing music. But I think it’s really important to make sure that we do have something to say. [Being in London] made us want to change things as we saw them. It also made us covet and idealize and grow closer to our own Irish identity as well.”
Check out Fontaines D.C. performing “Nabokov” live below.