Review: Irish rock band Fontaines D.C. plays two sold out shows in one day in Philadelphia

4/23/2022 10:06:00 PM

Daily News | Review: Irish rock band Fontaines D.C. plays two sold out shows in one day in Philadelphia

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Daily News | Review: Irish rock band Fontaines D.C. plays two sold out shows in one day in Philadelphia

The Irish post-punk band played a Free at Noon at World Cafe Live, and then came back for more at Underground Arts at night.

When all that was in doubt — and the survival of shuttered independent venues in Philadelphia and elsewhere far from a certainty — I fixated on a few cathartic nights that reminded me just how life-affirming seeing a band on fire in the perfect place and time can be.

The GodfatherDogrelAnd it was also the last conversation I ever had with Tom Sheehy, the Philadelphia music historian and publicist who died in 2020. He told me, “I haven’t been as excited about a young band like this since the Clash.”. The band also had not one, but two sold-out Philadelphia shows on its docket to celebrate the release.

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When all that was in doubt — and the survival of shuttered independent venues in Philadelphia and elsewhere far from a certainty — I fixated on a few cathartic nights that reminded me just how life-affirming seeing a band on fire in the perfect place and time can be. I couldn’t help but wonder: Am I ever going to be able to do that again? One memory burned particularly bright: Fontaines D. They love a good bank heist and, really, who doesn’t? Mr.C. That track record gave the Gun Trace Task Force outsize influence and latitude within the department, especially at a time when an informal but widespread police work stoppage led to plummeting arrest numbers and increased crime. at Johnny Brenda’s in September 2019. Snake (Maron), Mr. The Irish quintet is named after Johnny Fontaine, the Frank Sinatra-modeled singer in The Godfather , and Dublin City, their place of origin. That is to say that, while The Bad Guys is still a film that feels the need to deliver an easily digestible moral lesson, it’s also the kind of movie that’s willing to start with a scene that pays clear homage to the prologue of Pulp Fiction.

The band led by gifted literary-minded wordsmith Grian Chatten was on tour for their gripping debut album Dogrel , and showed themselves to be masters at turning taut, post-punk songs of focused intensity into vehicles of emotional release. Shark (Robinson), and Ms. When their reckless behavior threatened to expose them, they would resort to planting contraband, and detainees who objected too loudly were beaten with impunity. It was a glorious night made more memorable by meeting Fontaines fans who had made the perfectly reasonable decision to fly from London to see the band in venues much smaller than they were already playing in the U.K. They eventually get caught and swear to the governor, Ms. And it was also the last conversation I ever had with Tom Sheehy, the Philadelphia music historian and publicist who died in 2020. He’s brought his trademark journalistic rigor to such Baltimore-set series as “Homicide, “The Corner,” and most famously, “The Wire. He told me, “I haven’t been as excited about a young band like this since the Clash. Wink, wink. Piranha (Anthony Ramos), Mr.

” So let’s just say that I’ve had April 22 circled in red. Friday was not only the release date for the Fontaines’ third album, Skinty Fia . In more than a few animated films, the actors don’t sound like they’re really interacting with each other. Jon Bernthal stars as Sergeant Wayne Jenkins, the swaggering street pirate who led the GTTF, and became so egregious in his unlawfulness as to shock the consciences of fellow teammates who had considered a code of silence foundational to police work. The band also had not one, but two sold-out Philadelphia shows on its docket to celebrate the release. First up was a bright and early Free at Noon show at World Cafe Live, also broadcast on WXPN-FM (88. That’s not the case here; whether they were in the same room or not, it sounds like they are.5) and livestreamed at xpn. Charles and Mosaku are the new kids on Simon’s mean streets, part of a broad ensemble culled from familiar faces from his informal troupe. Snake sitting in a quiet city diner, and it follows them as they argue for several minutes about their food preferences before making their way across the street to rob a nearby bank.

org . Snake was voiced by Danny DeVito), and Awkwafina is great as Webs: She can be grating, for sure, but not here. That was superb, though somewhat subdued by the band’s standards. It was followed by a nighttime show at Underground Arts that was every bit as explosive as I could have hoped. I dug the animation style. Belcher distinguished himself in Simon’s “Show Me a Hero” and a recurring role in “Ozark,” and gets what feels like a star turn despite his relatively small role. Not that this new Fontaines experience re-created the one that I remembered so well. Trying to recapture the thrill that comes with discovering great art is a foolish pursuit. The action sequences are effective but the twist (yes, there is a twist – isn’t there always a twist?) doesn’t really succeed so the last act does feel a bit draggy. However, things go wrong when a moment of heroism from Mr.

It’s never as surprising the second time around. Simon is always most interested in the whys behind institutional scandals, and that seriousness of purpose sets “City” apart from so many true-crime dramas that spend more time inventorying weird details rather than explaining the broader strokes. But that’s not a bad thing. He and his team have made a solid film for kiddos. The world has changed plenty since the fall of 2019, and so have the Fontaines D.C. Still, there are some good lessons to be learned here about staying true to your friends and not judging someone on the way they look – a lesson we all, not just the kiddos, need to learn. His first feature, 2018’s “Monsters and Men,” was an intimate triptych about men of color affected by the failures of modern policing. In 2020, the band expanded its blunt-force sound on its second album, A Hero’s Death . Once The Bad Guys hits the plot beat in question (which won’t be spoiled in this review), it more or less kicks into high gear as it moves into its third act.

They opened with that album’s title cut at Underground Arts. If flatulence jokes are your thing (and they absolutely are not mine), then this is the movie for you. It’s the one in which Chatten uses a talk-singing delivery to deliver a message of bare-bones optimism (“Life ain’t always empty”) and a few life guidance tips: “If you find yourself in a family way, give the kid more than what you got in your day. Even when there’s, say, a frantic police chase through a residential area, “City” never feels like an action series, much to Green’s credit.” And when you speak, speak sincere, and believe me friend, everyone will hear.” The growth evident on is more pronounced on Skinty Fia . The new album’s title comes from Gaelic expression that is used as a substitute swear word and literally translates as “damnation of the deer.) But it’s stunningly executed all the same. Perifel also gives the film a warm color palette that emphasizes its golds, reds, and blacks, which just makes it all the more pleasing to look at.

” The songs are more varied and confident in their musicality. The Smiths-y “Jackie Down The Line” has a sinister protagonist, but it’s the band’s catchiest pop song. At Underground Arts, “Nabakov” and “I Love You” rode moody grooves rather than shouted to the heavens. But that may be a quibble for a show like “City,” which is inspired by a type of true crime so pervasive and deep-rooted that only the tools and tactics evolve over time. And the biggest has to do with geography. Most of the Fontaines members now live in London. The Bad Guys hits theaters in the United States on Friday, April 22.

That doesn’t make Skinty Fia any less of an Irish record. James Joyce, after all, wrote Ulysses in Zurich, Trieste, and Paris, and Chatten’s consideration of his Irish identity — which he mulls in “Bloomsday” — is only deepened by being an ex-pat. All that perspective and experience informs both the band’s new album, and their two Philly performances on Friday. The band’s evolution was apparent at the Free at Noon. Taking the stage with collective bedhead after a tour-opener in Washington, D.

C., the night before, the short set was plenty captivating, with an emphasis on subtlety. The band didn’t go for the throat the way I remembered them having done at Johnny Brenda’s, and a few times Chatten seemed to be literally trying to slap himself awake. In the evening, the band was in its element. It was an entirely more electrifying affair, a 70-minute set energized from the the start.

The crowd — almost entirely maskless on the day after the city’s mandate was dropped again — came immediately to life in the subterranean space at the first sound of drummer Tom Coll’s pounding downbeats. Chatten was a live wire, stalking the stage, standing atop monitors, and raising his fist on “Big” as he trumpeted the ambitions first voiced on Dogrel . “Dublin in the rain is mine, a pregnant city with a Catholic mind,” he sang, and repeated a promise now beginning to come true. “My childhood was small, but I’m gonna be big!” The evening ended abruptly with no encore. (Maybe because Chatten was having vocal issues: The group canceled a show in Asbury Park on Saturday “because Grian has lost his voice.

”) But at the end of the set, fans didn’t leave immediately. First they chanted “Allez, allez, allez!” like a European soccer crowd, then lingered a while, as if not yet ready for such a night to recede into memory. Published .