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Fontaines D.C. & Body Type played Union Pool on their way to SXSW (pics, review)

Two up and coming bands on Partisan Records, Fontaines D.C. from Dublin, Ireland and Body Type from Sydney, Australia, made their New York City debut at Union Pool for two sold-out nights last week. Both are rapidly making themselves better known: Fontaines D.C. are set to release their debut albumr Dogrel in April and will be on tour with IDLES in May; Body Type will release a new EP in May and also play NYC’s New Colossus fest over the weekend. Both groups are now on their way to SXSW and we caught the second night (3/8) at Union Pool.

I had caught Fontaines DC at a hometown show opening for Shame late last year where lead singer Grian Chatten carried a cool yet forceful presence on stage. But at Union Pool he seemed looser, moving faster and taking command of the stage with a chaotic energy in the air. The group played every song off Dogrel , early singles and at least one that isn’t yet slated for release (“Peddler’s Toy”). It was a solid, manic show that built up into their strongest tunes — the swirling guitars of “Hurricane Laughter” seemed stretched-out, adding more tension, Chatten pounded the audience shouting the title of “Too Real,” and the driving guitars of “Boys in the Better Land” made for the epic closer to a terrific night.

Led by singer-guitarists Sophie McComish and Annabel Blackman, Body Type played a solid opening set solid set that included “Arrow,” a tune with strong Sleater-Kinney notes, “Ludlow” which McComish said she wrote while living in NYC and “Stingray,” the lead single off their forthcoming EP2 (listen to that song below).

Check out setlists and video of Fontaines DC playing “Liberty Belle” at Union Pool below, and photos from the whole night are in the gallery above.

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Fontaines D.C. Setlist:
Chequeless Reckless
Sha Sha Sha
Big
Hurricane Laughter
Roy’s Tune
Television Screens
The Lotts
Televised Mind
Too Real
Peddler’s Toy
Liberty Belle
Dublin City Sky
Boys in the Better Land

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Body Type Setlist:
264
Teeth
UMA
Dry Grass
Free to Air
Silver
Arrow
Ludlow
Palms
Stingray

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