New Band Of The Day #14: IDLES

Debut album Brutalism out March 10th.

Who:  Joe Talbot, Mark Bowen, Lee Kiernan, Adam Devonshire, and Jon Beavis.

What: Aggressive, polemic post-punk (FFO: Sleaford Mods, Fat White Family, Girl Band)

Where: Bristol, England.

Why: IDLES have actually been on the go for at least four years so to class them as a ‘new’ band is a bit of stretch. However, they took a significant hiatus and, as a result, will release their debut album Brutalism on March 10th so we’re running with it.

Regardless of the nitpicking, they’re a humourous, polemic, and aggressive band of post-punks and so we want to shout about them. Blunt in a Sleaford Mods kind of way, their songs, which are caustic bundles of angular rhythms and shouted hooks, take aim at the “disembowelment of our NHS” (‘Divide & Conquer), Tories and anti-intellectualism (‘Mother’), and city life (‘Faith In The City’) with a gritted teeth glee.

With lyrics like, “A loved one perished at the hand of the baron-hearted right” (‘Divide & Conquer’) and “He punched himself in the face / To prove he wasn’t gay” (‘Exeter’), they strike you as a band that don’t suffer fools gladly. But, in the era of what Kate Tempest describes as: “saccharine ballads and selfies, and selfies, and selfies”, this no nonsense confrontational angle is both necessary and a breath of fresh air.

Plus, they’re catchy as all hell. You’ll find yourself singing, “Well done / Why don’t you get a job? / Even Tarquin has a job / Mary Berry’s got a job / So why don’t you get a job?” in absolutely no time.

Full tour dates below:

March 2017

Monday 6th – Cambridge – Portland Arms
Wednesday 8th – Bristol – The Fleece
Thursday 9th – Colchester – Arts Centre
Friday 10th – London – Moth Club
Sunday 12th – Southampton – The Notes Café
Tuesday 14th – Birmingham – The Hare And Hounds
Wednesday 15th – Guildford – Boileroom
Thursday 16th – Brighton – The Prince Albert
Friday 17th – Tunbridge Wells – Forum
Saturday 18th – Bedford – Esquires
Monday 20th – Oxford – The Bullingdon
Tuesday 21st – Sheffield – The Plug
Wednesday 22nd – Newcastle Upon Tyne – Think Tank
Thursday 23rd – Aberdeen – Tunnels
Friday 24th – Dundee – Buskers
Saturday 25th – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s
Monday 27th – York – The Crescent
Tuesday 28th – Hull – The Adelphi
Wednesday 29th – Nottingham – The Bodega
Thursday 30th – Liverpool – O2 Academy 2
Friday 31st – Wakefield – Unity Hall

April 2017

Monday 3rd – Stoke-On-Trent – The Sugarmill
Tuesday 4th – Preston – Guildhall
Wednesday 5th – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach

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