Review - Fontaines DC - A Hero's Death (Soulwax Remix)
For some bands, getting the Soulwax treatment is a symbol that they've made it. Recognition from these electronic masters is a great honour, and my god - is this remix a belter?!
Soulwax have a reputation for putting out stellar remixes of some of the greatest songs of the moment, from the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Justice, Tame Impala, Metronomy, Gossip or Jungle.
So why did Soulwax pick Fontaines DC you ask?
Well Soulwax recently stated: “Whatever the part of the brain is that sparks the idea for a remix when you hear a great song, even though it doesn’t always work, it was definitely fully functional when we heard ‘A Hero’s Death”.
Fontaines D.C. frontman Grian Chatten had this to say about the original record: “The song is a list of rules for the self, they’re principles for self-prescribed happiness that can often hang by a thread. It’s ostensibly a positive message, but with repetition comes different meanings, that’s what happens to mantras when you test them over and over. There’s this balance between sincerity and insincerity as the song goes on.”
Grian then went on to say how the title of the track draws inspiration from a play by Brendan Behan, adding: “It’s about the battle between happiness and depression, and the trust issues that can form tied to both of those feelings.”
This remix is a wonderfully uplifting take on the original, it's everything you want from the production – those iconic drums, and ‘that’ intangible feeling that the Belgian masters invoke in each of their symphonies.
Check it out below:
Liam Blackley is part of The Lock In team, event organiser extraordinaire, and all round good guy.