3: Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel
At the forefront of the burgeoning Dublin punk scene, Fontaines D.C. have been one of the big success stories of 2019. Nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and awarded 6 Music’s Album of the Year, Dogrel is an essential album to listen to, and listen to.
There’s no escaping the Irish background of this band, with lead singer Grian Chatten making the most of his thick Dublin drawl across the album, which ranges from Gaelic folk tunes, indie-pop and high-octane post-punk.
There are catchy riffs and choruses galore and the album grows on you with each listen. When I first reviewed this album I struggled with some of the tracks, but Dogrel’s charms have really grown on me, where other initially impressive albums have faded away.
Having seen them perform live recently, they really have the world at their feet, should they choose to seize the opportunity.