Taking notes from the 90s grunge that defined their generation, Dublin trio Forty Foot‘s new single, Zeros is raw and interrupted. Mark Dillon (Guitar) and cousins Sam Coffey (Guitar/Vocals) and Ezra Mullen (Drums), created the band in 2019 following the sudden death of a friend and previous collaborator. With much of their previous work influenced by their friend’s loss, the band’s music combines outbursts of emotions with riotous instrumentation, to create tracks that feel like the future of indie-rock. The trio spoke with The Fountain about the new music and plans for the year.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Zeros?

Sam: It’s been pretty wild, I don’t think we expected the sound to resonate the way it has. It’s a song with a lot of emotion musically and lyrically, I hope people hear that.

Mark: It’s been amazing, it’s a very personal song so I was quite nervous about putting it out there, it’s only our second release but the reaction has been so positive, we cannot wait to release more!

Ezra: The reaction to the song has been amazing. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting with the second release but it definitely exceeded my expectations. It’s nice to see something we put a lot of effort into do so well.

TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?

Sam: Loud, live & raw madness!

Mark: A raw and energetic nod to the past! 

Ezra: A straight to the point tune. 

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?

Mark: We are currently working towards our next single release. We have a number of songs we’re hoping to finalise in the coming weeks, the restrictions have eased up in Ireland so we can get back into our rehearsal space. We are planning a large release this year, we’re not sure what form that will take, either an EP or an album. 

Sam: Yeah, that single is from the last session we did which Drugs and Zeros are from, so I feel we need to finish the trio. We were asked about an album and we certainly have the bones of something so I can see us working on that.

Ezra: Once we can get back in the studio together the plan is to get the other projects ready for release at some stage. Like the others said there are a good few in the works so we’re all excited for everyone to hear more. 

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

Sam: Our rehearsal studio is at Yellow Door Music Studios, so when you walk the halls you can hear everyone jamming and there is a big buzz. With COVID it’s been tough, I’m just looking forward to playing.

Mark: We haven’t had the opportunity to gig as Forty Foot, we had our first gigs lined up just as the pandemic hit. I am really looking forward to playing in front of a live audience in Dublin and I’ve always had a soft spot for the Button Factory in Temple Bar.

Ezra: I’m just looking forward to our first gig as we haven’t been able to do much since COVID. The first places that spring to mind are The Academy and the Button Factory so I’m excited to play somewhere like that.