Track of the Day – FONTAINES DC – I Don’t Belong



It’s only been a few weeks since I last picked a Fontaines DC song for track of the day, but what can I tell you? They have a new album coming out. They’re releasing singles from it, and I’m excited about it. They’ve been one of my favourite bands since I stumbled across their debut single ‘Liberty Belle’ way back in 2017. (I can prove it to you – I chose it as part of my selections on 30th October that year; it was, I think, only the second or third time I got to pick the songs).

It’s not often I’m ahead of the curve in this way so let me revel in it a little for once, please?

Anyway, back in May this year, which seems almost as long ago as 2017, I picked ‘A Hero’s Death‘. ‘I Don’t Belong’ has, effectively, been released as the B-side to ‘A Hero’s Death’ (if the concept of B-sides still stands in the digital music age). This one is more melodic than that other song, less abrasive. It still has that 80’s post-punk sound the band goes for but the shouty vocals have been replaced this time with a creeping hypnotism. The bassline reminds me of something from forty years ago, I just can’t quite put my finger on it. It’s quite Joy Divisionesque I guess. There’s an industrial quality to it, a nihilism. If I was to create a playlist to put it on, it would join ‘Gimme Shelter’ by the Rolling Stones on my cheerily named Apocalyptic Driving Songs. Because I can imagine having this playing as I try and outrun the death of the sun. Yeah, that sounds quite bleak, which probably does the song a disservice, but I reckon you’ll know what I mean when you hear it.

Another great song from my favourite band of the moment. Genuinely cannot wait for the album. And when it comes out you will most likely get to listen to me banging on about that too. Lucky you.



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