Fionn Dismantle Toxic Masculinity with "The Horns Are Fake" (premiere)

Photo: Kyla Hemmelgam

Ahead of the release of their debut album, folk-pop duo Fionn exhibit a rock edge with their latest single "TheHorns Are Fake".

Blending the offbeat expressiveness of Alanis Morissette-era alternative rock with the haunting melodies of classic Irish folk, Fionn soars high on their latest tune "The Horns Are Fake". Formed by sisters Alanna and Brianne Finn-Morris, the duo are gearing up for the release of their self-titled debut album on 26 October via 604. It's been a long time coming, though, for the 20-year-old twins, having hit the touring circuit at 14 following a couple of years busking at Granville Island in Vancouver. Ahead of the release of FIONN, the Finn-Morris twins are sharing a stunning lyric video in the form of "The Horns Are Fake".

Defined by earworm melodies and powerful vocal harmonies, the single is a warm welcome into Fionn's sonic realm. It doesn't take long for the song to evolve into a swirling crescendo, equal parts rock and folk-pop in its tremendous delivery. It carries a captivating message in the story it conveys, as well, as the duo tells PopMatters.

"'The Horns Are Fake' is about a boy who lets toxic masculinity trump his true emotion in a romantic relationship. That being said, we all wear 'horns' at some point in our lives, trying to impress others and not acting ourselves around acquaintances. Our desire to belong sometimes is stronger than our desire to be honest and true to ourselves."




Reading Pandemics

Pandemic, Hope, Defiance, and Protest in 'Romeo and Juliet'

Shakespeare's well known romantic tale Romeo and Juliet, written during a pandemic, has a surprisingly hopeful message about defiance and protest.


A Family Visit Turns to Guerrilla Warfare in 'The Truth'

Catherine Deneuve plays an imperious but fading actress who can't stop being cruel to the people around her in Hirokazu Koreeda's secrets- and betrayal-packed melodrama, The Truth.


The Top 20 Punk Protest Songs for July 4th

As punk music history verifies, American citizenry are not all shiny, happy people. These 20 songs reflect the other side of patriotism -- free speech brandished by the brave and uncouth.


90 Years on 'Olivia' Remains a Classic of Lesbian Literature

It's good that we have our happy LGBTQ stories today, but it's also important to appreciate and understand the daunting depths of feeling that a love repressed can produce. In Dorothy Strachey's case, it produced the masterful Olivia.


Indie Rocker Alpha Cat Presents 'Live at Vox Pop' (album stream)

A raw live set from Brooklyn in the summer of 2005 found Alpha Cat returning to the stage after personal tumult. Sales benefit organizations seeking to end discrimination toward those seeking help with mental health issues.

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

'Avengers: Endgame' Faces the Other Side of Loss

Whereas the heroes in Avengers: Endgame stew for five years, our pandemic grief has barely taken us to the after-credit sequence. Someone page Captain Marvel, please.


Between the Grooves of Nirvana's 'Nevermind'

Our writers undertake a track-by-track analysis of the most celebrated album of the 1990s: Nirvana's Nevermind. From the surprise hit that brought grunge to the masses, to the hidden cacophonous noise-fest that may not even be on your copy of the record, it's all here.


Deeper Graves Arrives via 'Open Roads' (album stream)

Chrome Waves, ex-Nachtmystium man Jeff Wilson offers up solo debut, Open Roads, featuring dark and remarkable sounds in tune with Sisters of Mercy and Bauhaus.

Featured: Top of Home Page

The 50 Best Albums of 2020 So Far

Even in the coronavirus-shortened record release schedule of 2020, the year has offered a mountainous feast of sublime music. The 50 best albums of 2020 so far are an eclectic and increasingly "woke" bunch.


First Tragedy, Then Farce, Then What?

Riffing off Marx's riff on Hegel on history, art historian and critic Hal Foster contemplates political culture and cultural politics in the age of Donald Trump in What Comes After Farce?


HAIM Create Their Best Album with 'Women in Music Pt. III'

On Women in Music Pt. III, HAIM are done pretending and ready to be themselves. By learning to embrace the power in their weakest points, the group have created their best work to date.


Amnesia Scanner's 'Tearless' Aesthetically Maps the Failing Anthropocene

Amnesia Scanner's Tearless aesthetically maps the failing Anthropocene through its globally connected features and experimental mesh of deconstructed club, reggaeton, and metalcore.

Collapse Expand Reviews

Collapse Expand Features
PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.